View Full Version : Shure V15 Type III tracking question

06-15-2007, 03:31 PM
I currently track my cartridge at 1 gram on a Yamaha YP-D6 but a friend told me that was too light. The cartridge tracks from 3/4 to 1 1/4 grams. Does anyone know what is the optimum tracking force for this cartridge? Shure's most recent cartridges give you the tracking range and the optimum but I haven't seen it for the V15 type III.

06-15-2007, 03:51 PM
here's a link to copy of v15 III's tech sheet.
according to this, it's .75-1.25 grams.

i use mine on thorens and AR turntables at 1 gram and no tracking problems.

06-15-2007, 03:52 PM
I've used a Type III in various Duals since 1975. I've ALWAYS tracked it at one gram. You are correct - Shure says .75 to 1.25 grams tracking force - that's it.

06-15-2007, 03:53 PM
I track my V15 IIIs at 1 gram, and they seem to do fine. Jay

06-15-2007, 03:56 PM
The tracking force is dependent on the stylus rather than the cartridge body.

The VN35MR stylus was designed to track at 1 gram with the top of the cartridge parallel with the record but due to the effect of manufacturing tolerances on VTA and rake angle, a particular cartridge may perform better with a slightly higher or lower tracking force.

I have condensed the above info from a letter sent to me by one of Shure's design engineers in 2003.



06-15-2007, 04:01 PM
but a friend told me that was too light.

is your friend a DJ by any chance?:scratch2::D

06-15-2007, 05:45 PM
Although it specifies the tracking force to be 0.75 to 1.25 gm, it is recommended to set tracking force to 1.2 or even higher because:
Many arms cannot provide constantly good performances less than
Warp LP, dust etc
There is absolutely no harm to set to track 1.2 gm, a much more secure tracking force
If the stylus is a old timer you will probably need to increase the tracking force beyond 1.24gm due to the hardening of the rubber suspension of the stylus.

06-15-2007, 07:14 PM
Thanks for the info. No, he's not a DJ :D
He just thought that the arm was a little too light and that I should compensate. On the other hand he thought it sounded great.. go figure. It just started me thinking after he left.

06-16-2007, 07:58 AM
Most early reviews tested this cartridge at 1 gram with the original "E" type stylus. I use 1.25 because it won't do any harm and it's still very light. I feel that it makes a more secure contact between record and stylus.