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Cartridge dragging The cartridge on my turntable (on the right side mostly) is dragging along the record. This doesn't seem good for the record. What should I do?

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Check that the cartridge is fitted properly.

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My player drags and changes tempo when the needle is first put on the player. After time it seems to fix itself but would like to remedy this as soon as possible. Can you tell me how to fix this?


Generally it is caused by the cartridge and stylus pressure not being right. At the end of the tone arm (not the cartridge end) you should find a weight. This needs to be adjusted. If there are numbers on it, start by moving it to a lesser number than the current setting. Move this only slightly. Then try a record. The stylus should stay in the groove, not rumble and not drag. It's best done via headphones. If it comes out of the groove too easily move the weight in the other direction and then test. You have to keep doing this till the sound is good. Too much rumble - reduce the weight, jumping out of the groove increase the weight.
There might also be another control called an anti-skate control. This might be be helpful in your case as it will reduce the effect of the arm being pushed into the center of the record. Once again the settings of this control are based on trial and test like before.
If you have had the stylus for some time also you might want to replace it, as stylus that are worn could cause it.

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The tone arm drops onto the record, but then continues moving across the record without playing the record. Anyone know what's going on?


Does the needle actually contact the record? If not, you may be missing a "pad" under the record, or you may be simply missing the needle that needs to be there to follow the grooves.

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I have purchased a Crosley cr40 mini turntable which has a american ac adpater. I bought a universal adaptor and my record player started spinning but a small plume of smoke started coming from the plug...


It could be the adapter is just faulty, but you can't tell to you get power to the unit if any part has failed inside (most liklely the transformer if it has).
I found this step-down adapter on amazon which should do the trick, not expensive either.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepdown-240-120V-Transformer-45VA/dp/B000NJ26X2/ref=pd_cp_ce_1

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Needle skips along records.


3 causes
1. Bad stylus.
2. Not enough weight - adjust weight on end of arm, or turn knob with numbers up slowly bit by bit, trying a record each time till it stops but doesn't "rumble".
3. Adjust anti-skate control if it's got one. Again bit by bit, testing with record.

Aug 28, 2011 | Sony Audio Players & Recorders

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I have not received a diagram of my stylus wiring. none of the sites that was recommended have helped. do you know the purpose of each color of the four wires?


One is earth for the right, one is earth for the left, one is right channel and the other is left.
You don't need to know the colours to find the left and right channels. Just connect the turntable to the amp switch on. Then with your finger touch each wire one at a time. One will buzz on the left the other will buzz on the right. You might even get a slight buzz from the two earths.
The cartridge might have the left or right channels marked so you can connect them, but if it doesn't just connect the left to one side and the right to the other, then do the same with the earths. try it out, if the channels are the wrong way round change them, if the sound doesn't sound right change them again and again till it sounds right. You won't damage the amp or cartridge from doing this. Unless it's some kind of static effected cartridge!

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How do I connect my pioneer pl555z turntable to my new pioneer receiver.


It helps to know the details of BOTH entities when an inter-connection is involved.

Most 'new' receivers don't support old-school TT's.

"PHONO" is the only designated connection on an audio device that is literal and exclusive. Nothing but PHONO will work right on it and old-school turntables would require it to preamplify and frequency-correct the tiny current produced by a Phono cartridge. Look up RIAA equalization.

If your unit doesn't have a PHONO connection AND your TT doesn't have a self-contained preamp you will have to get a Phono Preamp to connect between the TT and any Line Level input, like Aux.

eBay always has some...
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3984.m570.l1311&_nkw=phono+preamp&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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I have vestax 05pro2. Left channel works but out of one speaker. The turntable input is good. Im thinking Its either the channel fader, or the rca inputs for that side. Has anyone had this problem?


Hi,
Here's a solution to see if you have a problem with either your receiver or turntable.
The turntable has 2 RCA's one red for right channel, and one white or black for left channel, which plug into the back of the amplifier.

  • Unplug both RCA from rear of amplifier.
  • Plug in a cd or dvd player into those inputs on the amplifier, the sound will be lower but it will give you an indication if the amplifier is ok or not.
  • If you have sound on both channels left and right then the amplifier is good
  • If you still only have sound on left channel, then there is a problem with the right channel input on the amp.
  • If your amp, is good, unplug the cd /dvd player.
  • Put a record on and start playing the record
  • Plug the white or black RCA from the turntable into the rear of the amplifier marked left, you should have sound.
  • now unplug it from the left and plug in into the right red RCA socket, if you have sound the amplifier is working fine.
  • if there is no sound there may be a problem with the stylus cartridge on the turntable
  • now lets reverse the test
  • unplug both RCA from amp.
  • Plug the red RCA into the left socket on amplifier, if there is sound, turntable is working fine, if no sound there is a problem with either the stylus cartridge or that red RCA cable.
  • now unplug the red RCA from the left side and plug it into the right side socket
  • if there is no sound there may be a problem with the stylus cartridge or RCA cable.
I hope this helps

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My turntable does not have good sound? Is it the stylus needle?


It could be, first check all connections as they can come loose. It could also be the cartridge, the only way to find out is to get a new one. If you get a cartridge and stylus, you can fit the new stylus to your old one, if that solves the problem, you have a spare cartridge in stock, if it doesn't then replace the cartridge. If that doesn't work and the connections are good, then there is a fault on the magnetic cartridge pre-amp in your amp.

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Does your NEW Panasonic SA-AKX50 have an input label "PHONO"? If not, it can't PRE-amplify and RIAA-equalize the tiny voltage signal produced by the phono cartridge.

"PHONO" is the only designated connection on an audio device that is literal and exclusive. Nothing but PHONO will work right on it and old-school turntables would require it to preamplify the tiny current produced by a Phono cartridge.

If your unit doesn't have a PHONO connection you will have to get a Phono Preamp to connect between the TT and any Line Level input, like Aux.

eBay always has some...
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2 things, make sure the back arm weight is adjusted correctly,, allowing enough pressure to be placed on the record, if that doesn't help, you have a chip in the needle thats not visible to the naked eye,

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