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Zyx Fuji

Discussion in 'audio' started by koi, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. koi

    koi pfm Member

    Just a quick note to say this is a stunning cartridge

    I think it's just broke in simply awesome.
     
  2. Pac1

    Pac1 Designer/Manufacturer

    Good choice...stunning cartridge.
     
  3. naimplayer

    naimplayer Aspiring to be a halfwit.

    How much?
    Where would one source one from?
     
  4. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

  5. koi

    koi pfm Member

    GT audio

    Yes mine is low output with SB base and is a big step up from Delos I previously had.
     
  6. badger748

    badger748 pfm Member

    Zyx go under the radar on forums to a degreee and are not heralded as the 'next best thing'. Bit of a sleeper - but those that have them or have heard them - know just how special they can be.
    They are quite sensitive to correct set up though to get the best.
    I have a Zyx UNIverse II X and it is amazing.
    When my new TT arrives that will be the cart going on it :)
     
  7. Elephantears

    Elephantears Trunkated Aesthete


    I've read this often. Which aspects of se up are Zyx carts especially sensitive too?
     
  8. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I think all cartridges with extended contact area styli are sensitive to setup.
     
  9. Elephantears

    Elephantears Trunkated Aesthete

    Ok, but what aspects of set up in particular?

    Is the stylus profile you are talking about similar to the line contact stylus, as used in the AT50ANV? I found that very tricky to set up in order to get high frequency tracking right.
     
  10. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Distributor and Manufacturer

    ZYX cartridges are no more sensitive to set up than any other cartridge. Just set up the cartridge with the correct alignment tools and these cartridges will perform beautifully.

    FWIW all cartridges should be set up using the correct alignment tools including digital weighing scales, plus great care should be taken to ensure every adjustment is perfect. This should be standard practice for any cartridge set up.
     
  11. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Just looked at the ZYX pic's and it looks as if it's another example of a cart. with underslung stylus (as is Benz, Koetsu, Transfig.....). Bit of a pig to get absolute overhang etc., even with a Dr. Feickert and LED torch. Mint LPs are cartridge specific, unfortunately (or maybe just brand specific?).
     
  12. Erocka2000

    Erocka2000 pfm Member

    Mint LP protractors are tonearm specific, not cartridge specific.
     
  13. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Thank you for that, Erocka; I've either been misinformed or got the wrong end of the stick. Are they specific to different lengths AND makes of tonearm or simply different makes?

    That's god news, as I'm much more likely to change my carts. than to change my tonearms; that probably goes for most audiophiles, I'd guess.
     
  14. Rockhopper

    Rockhopper pfm Member

    The MintLP is specific for each turntable/tonearm combination. Strangely enough turntable spindles are not all of a standard size.

    http://mintlp.com/best.htm
     
  15. Pac1

    Pac1 Designer/Manufacturer

    Exactly this^^^

    The HiFi News Test LP and supplied universal protractors are a good choice. As long as you know your tonearm effective length (ie length from pivot to stylus tip which in itself determines required stylus overhang) you can work out the correct null points and mark these on the protractor guide which has the null point ladder on it and set your cart up properly.

    It is worth spending some time and being patient to get alignment as accurate as possible as this will reap major rewards. It never ceases to amaze me just how many people I meet who whilst willing to spend thousands on a TT set up and expensive cartridge pay scant regard to set up.
     
  16. Erocka2000

    Erocka2000 pfm Member

    But don't tonearms all have their own specific spindle to pivot distance for installing them? Wouldn't that negate the effect of the size of the spindle since you're measuring from the center of it when installing a tonearm?
     
  17. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Okay if you have the skills and know-how let alone the confidence if it's an expensive cart. :). Quite a few depend upon dealer set-up; not always convenient, nor as reliably accurate as it should be, i.m.e.

    Poor eyesight, unsteady hands and difficult (i.e. underslung styli) cart's don't help either. I do agree that the sonic difference in tiny set-up margins is quite apparent.
     
  18. Rockhopper

    Rockhopper pfm Member

    To use the MintLp the Spindle Pivot dimension must be correct before aligning the cartridge. I use one of the Feickerts for this.
    The MintLP is made to be an exact fit on the spindle so there is no movement.

    I know it means having one for each turntable/tonearm combo but they are not so expensive and are by far the most accurate method of getting a cartridge perfectly aligned, imho of course.
     
  19. topoxforddoc

    topoxforddoc pfm Member

    Yes, this is THE most important part of a turntable set-up. If you instal the tonearm at the incorrect spindle-pivot distance, it is impossible to get down to the minimum tracing distortion possible for that set up.

    That's why investment in a proper alignment protractor e.g. Acoustical Systems Unitractor, Feickert, Clearaudio etc is de rigeur, if you are a serious analogue fan.

    Tools needed

    Spirit level - to level the turntable and platter before starting
    Alignment protractor to check the spindle to pivot distance (esp if you are installing your own tonearm not the plinth)
    Jewellers screwdrivers or small allen keys plus appropriate bolts and nuts
    Small surgical clip to help attach leads to cartridge pins - much better than needle nose pliers - something like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/2813...rlsatarget=pla-184492182306&adtype=pla&crdt=0
    Digital stylus scales
    Alignment protractor again - to check tracing error with cartridge installed
    Small mirror to check azimuth

    Some decent light
    NO alcohol e.g. wine, beer or gin and tonic - do that afterwards :)

    OR ALTERNATIVELY
    Buy a new cartridge from a proper UK stockist (i.e. not second hand or from overseas) and ask the dealer to instal it for you. I am sure that Graham from GT Audio, Paul from RFC etc would be delighted to instal any new cartridge purchased from them. That's part of the service and joy of going to a dealer with a proper premises and know-how.
     
  20. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    I like the look of that surgical clip, Charlie. I use either a selection of tweezers or fingers (or both) but I can see that those allow more control in this delicate operation. Cheap, too !
     

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