Question about Technics SL-1210M5G Turntable
The first answer is correct. If the bad channel doesn't play, no matter where it's plugged into, left or right, on the phono input. the amplifier is bad. This will require a major repair, by an audio specific tech. A transistor of IC may have gone bad in the phono preamp section only. I assume it doesn't do this with another input? If you need more assistance, or would like to inquire about a repair, please visit my website, at, audioserviceclinic.com. You can chat with me there. Additionally, the comment stating that the turntable can be diagnosed without taking it all apart, is completely wrong. You have proven this yourself. Thank you.
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
If you switch the cables so the left channel plays into the right of the amp and the sound stays dead in the left channel of the amp it's not the cartridge that is at fault by your amp. Amps have a magnetic cartridge pre-amp built into them for turntables. This can go faulty, but won't effect any other device (CD etc). Most of these pre-amps are a single IC. Which will need to be replaced.
Posted on Oct 19, 2013
Testimonial: "I'm an old hand at this :) the left channel on the TT doesn't play irrespective of where I plug it. I use a tube amp and a phono stage, the problem is with the TT, and one I haven't encountered previously! Thanks for your time and input, pun unintended. awaiting my replacement stylus and cartridge, and then I'll know the truth of the matter. Also plugged the TT into my two other vintage Sansui amps, same problem!!!!"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Issue is either your tonearm or your RCA cables. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to determine which is the problem. I would suggest replacing the RCA cables first, as it is the least expensive. If it does not solve your problem, then the issue is with the tonearm.
You can also do this for now:
Remove your headshell/cartridge from the tonearm. Look inside the tonearm tube, you'll see 4 gold prongs. Make sure all 4 prongs are protruding, and are 'shiny'. If they are not, then the issue is with your tonearm. If they look good, then more than likely, the issue is with your RCA cables. Taking it to a qualified repair center will help in determining what is the issue, but they will need to open your unit to test, so be prepared to pay for the estimate right off the bat.
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Posted on Jan 19, 2008
I think we need to do more diagnosis. Did you try swapping the channel cables Left-to-Right so you're sure it is in the TT and not in your Phono preamp?
If it's still in the TT and always on the same channel with two different cartridges you probably have a wire problem in the tonearm/shell or interface between them.
Posted on May 01, 2009
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