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ST-50 From DS Audio: One Sticky Situation - The Audiophile Man
Want to clean your turntable’s stylus, effectively? So does Paul Rigby which is why he’s looking at the DS Audio ST-50 It’s a basic job. Many people do it badly. Before we talk about the ST-50, let me divert and talk about mucky stylus tips. Keeping your stylus clean is the most important task in any turntable-based hi-fi chain. It doesn’t matter if your hi-fi costs £1,000 or £1,000,000, if the stylus is dirty that hi-fi chain will sound like a system costing somewhere in the region of £7.50, give or take. As a stylus moves through the grooves of your vinyl, any resident muck in the groove can cake the stylus with fluff and sticky gunge. The resultant sound will quickly lose detail, dynamics and clarity. Allow the situation to continue and the lead singer of your favourite group will sound like he’s just drunk three bottles of gin with a whisky chaser. Ignore the situation even more and the fluff will actually lift the stylus from the grooves, forcing it to skate, Torvill & Dean-like, across the surface of your record. All of this inter-groove activity is also bad news for the vinyl record and the stylus tip. …