My first experience with a conical was just a few weeks ago. Played one of my favorite recordings (Persuasive Percussion on Command records) and noticed less noise. At first I thought it was my imagination but after a few plays I realized it was not my imagination. This record was my Dad's from the 60's which has about a million plays so parts of it are noisy. At first I noticed right away on the lead in. One thing however it was comparing a different cartridge on a different table so....variables. After reading some opinions here, maybe I'll keep the conical on the one table???