I am writing this after finishing listening to the MFSL Crime of the Century LP, with headphones, front to back, without a hint of sibilance or discernible distortion of any kind. This is on my Mitsubishi LT-22 through a Shure ML120HE. I have struggled with sibilance, inner groove distortion, and some audible high-frequency distortion (mistracking?) since buying my first turntable, a Sansui linear tracker with no means to adjust VTF or change the cartridge. I then upgraded to a traditional Technics 1/2 mount table, and began to experiment with alignment and different cartridges with more advanced stylus profiles than a .7 conical. With a genuine Shure HE stylus, the issues all but disappeared. This was in addition to careful alignment as well. The LT-22 has taken alignment out of the equation, and I have finally arrived. I no longer anticipate S sounds getting "essssy" or any "static" on loud passages, or IGD as I knew it before (though I'm aware of the reduced groove velocity as record side progresses). The journey is far from over, however, as I will likely now shift my focus to improving the sound that I hear or reducing the noise floor, etc., but at least I no longer have to labour over this. I guess the real point of this is for my own information but also others': is sibiliance and distortion / mistracking being accepted by vinyl enthusiasts? I don't mean those with AT-LP60s or Crosleys, but you, reading this. I have heard needledrops here that exhibit mistracking. I read about cartridges or styli that have sibilance, though they are being discussed as if it a minor drawback. Is my current level of distortion-free playback attainable without an advanced stylus profile / quality cantilever? I see conicals being recommended but also read (and have experienced) an inability to properly track inner grooves - is this seen as a trade-off for their cheaper cost or reduced susceptibility to alignment issues? I hope this doesn't come off wrong, as I am genuinely curious (and relatively inexperienced). I did not grow up with vinyl, and I did not have the benefit of hearing a high-end system from the beginning. In fact, initially, I assumed that the things I was hearing was simply a limitation of the medium, and nobody was totally free from sibilance and IGD. I now know this isn't the case.