I have had some recent questions about which stylus is best, Spherical or Elliptical, so this blog post will focus on my experiences with both. I will begin with breaking down the differences that I have found between the two options:
This drawing shows you how an elliptical stylus sits in the grooves of your record.
Spherical (or Conical)
This drawing shows you how a Spherical sits in the grooves of your record.
Personally I like the Elliptical stylus because I like the rich sound and I have a turntable that can handle one without causing any damage.
It is not lost on me that my opinions about the two stylus are not exactly in line with others and debated whether sharing the blog was worthwhile. However, after examining the effects both stylus have on records under a microscope I stand by my opinion; a Spherical stylus would sit just as deep as an Elliptical one. Nevertheless, I can’t really be sure so I will say to choose a stylus that fits your use. If you’re a DJ then I would stick with a Spherical and for a casual listener like myself, I would suggest an Elliptical one.
Finally, keep in mind that setting up your turntable properly and not using a worn out stylus is much more important for the life of your records than what type.