Record Player sounds muffled
Hey, have a full home set up (playbar + sub, 1, 3, 5) plus record player as a line in input through a preamp and then into a connect. Recently the quality of sound from records has significantly diminished. It sort of sounds like the sound is muffled, almost like it’s under water. It’s like there’s far too much bass, but even when I use the room settings and turn treble up and bass way down it’s still average. It seems to have happened after we moved house recently but it also coincided with a sonos Update so not really sure what the root cause could be. But playing the same music through Spotify sounds far better than vinyl. Diagnostics number 1676025177
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For this discussion, if the RIAA playback equalization is missing, the highs will be exaggerated, not reduced.
In your new house, check the air conditioning air paths. Phono Cartridges are very temperature sensitive. If you have cold air blowing on the cartridge, the highs will suffer. (been there, done that)
Also, don't extend the wires between the turntable and Phono Preamp. Poor choice of cable can roll off the highs.
Almost certainly due to the former, and a check of the mechanical attributes of the turntable suggested already seems to be the first step. Turntables have to be moved like babies.