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I'm not sure what you are asking. The ground loop is specifically intended to reduce or eliminate buzz/hum from the turntable. If the ground loop is in place and connected as per the instructions with your turntable/receiver, these noises should not be an issue in a modern system. I would make sure that your connection is solid and at a good ground point (easy to check if you have an ohm-meter/multi-meter (which comes in handy for many things and can be had very inexpensively). If the wire is broken, it can be replaced with any wire of the same or heavier gauge.

If I've failed to understand your problem, please post more detail and I will try again. If not, please let me know if this is helpful. Good luck with your problem.


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