Turntable Cartridge Alignment & Setup

$240.00 inc GST

Use our Turntable Cartridge Alignment & Setup to experience the true potential of your vinyl collection with our turntable cartridge alignment service.

Immerse yourself in the warm, rich, and immersive sound that vinyl records can offer when combined with precise alignment.

Please note: For turntables that need to be shipped via courier, tracking force (3) may need to be reset as it is most likely going to move in its journey to you! Give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.


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Our customers tell us that they count on our team for more than just knowledge: they’re always friendly & ready to help with all their questions. Contact our team CJ, Bensan or Toki on 092744515 or via sales@rapalloav.co.nz


Turntable Cartridge Alignment & Setup

Get our team to do a Turntable Cartridge Alignment & Setup so you don’t let subpar alignment hold back your audio journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let our professionals unlock the full potential of your turntable setup. Rediscover the joy of vinyl with our cartridge alignment service!

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About The Service

In the pursuit of optimal sound quality, every detail matters, and one crucial element that often gets overlooked is the alignment of the turntable cartridge. A well-aligned cartridge ensures accurate tracking, reduces distortion, and allows your vinyl records to reveal their true sonic potential.

Imagine your turntable as a delicate instrument, and the cartridge as its finely tuned needle. Just like a skilled musician needs to position their fingers on the frets of a guitar precisely, aligning the cartridge on your turntable is essential to extract the most accurate sound reproduction from your vinyl collection. It is the delicate balance between the technical and artistic aspects of audio playback.

Cartridge alignment refers to the precise positioning of the cartridge’s stylus within the grooves of the record. When correctly aligned, the stylus tracks the record groove with utmost accuracy, minimizing tracking error and preserving the original sound. Proper alignment ensures that the stylus engages the groove at the correct angle and tracking force, reducing distortion, and optimizing the stereo image and frequency response.

We are thrilled to offer our professional turntable cartridge alignment service to enhance your listening experience. Our team of audio enthusiasts and experts is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal sound reproduction from your analog setup.

With our cartridge alignment service:

  • we meticulously align your turntable cartridge using industry-standard techniques and precision tools.
  • we understand that every turntable and cartridge combination is unique, requiring careful attention to detail.
  • whether you have a vintage setup or the latest high-end equipment, our experienced technicians will tailor the alignment process to meet your specific needs.


Our Process

Here’s what you can expect from our cartridge alignment service:

  1. Thorough Assessment: Our experts will examine your turntable and cartridge to assess their condition, ensuring they are in optimal working order. We’ll also take into consideration any specific requirements or preferences you may have regarding the sound reproduction.
  2. Precision Alignment: Using advanced alignment tools and techniques, we will meticulously align your cartridge according to your chosen alignment geometry. We have expertise in various alignment methods, including Baerwald and Löfgren, allowing us to find the best fit for your setup.
  3. Tracking Force and Anti-Skate Calibration: In addition to alignment, we will ensure that the tracking force and anti-skate settings are properly calibrated. These adjustments are critical for achieving accurate tracking and minimizing wear on your precious vinyl records.
  4. Precise VTA Adjustment: Using specialized tools and techniques, we will adjust the vertical angle of your tonearm to achieve the correct VTA. This ensures that the stylus maintains optimal contact with the record groove, minimizing distortion and maximizing the accuracy of the audio reproduction.
  5. Channel Balance Calibration and Crosstalk Reduction: We pay close attention to channel balance during the azimuth alignment process. Our technicians meticulously adjust the azimuth angle to ensure balanced output between the left and right channels, resulting in a well-centered and immersive stereo image. By aligning the cartridge’s azimuth accurately, we minimize crosstalk, which can degrade the separation and clarity of the stereo image. Our goal is to create a clean and distinct soundstage, where each channel reproduces its intended audio content without interference.
  6. Testing and Fine-tuning: Once the alignment and calibration are complete, we will thoroughly test your turntable to ensure optimal performance. We will listen attentively for any potential issues and make fine-tuning adjustments as necessary to maximize sound quality.
  7. Expert Advice: As part of our service, our knowledgeable technicians will be happy to provide recommendations on proper turntable maintenance, stylus care, and other tips to optimize your vinyl playback experience.

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