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Optimizing the Dynamic Characteristics of a Phonograph Pickup

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The principal means of evaluating phone pickup performance have been through frequency response and low frequency compliance measurements. This article will discuss the limitations of these techniques and suggest additional criteria to provide a more meaningful picture of pickup performance. Emphasis will be placed in two areas: the need for the stylus to properly track the groove modulation and the problem of defining optimum dynamic response. The former is presented as a prerequisite which must be met before any other characteristics are considered. The latter is presented as the end objective of all functional characteristics combined in an optimum fashion.

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