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Sound cuts out on one side when playing record i have checked the rca connectors they seem to be fine

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The issue will mostly likely be the tonearm, rca's and/or the rca leads.

Reverse the connections on the mixer to eliminate the input rca's on the mixer and isolate the channel at fault.

Reseat the headshell/cartridge assembly.

Replace the stylus.

If after these 3 steps, the issue persists, then it is actually is an internal issue, and the RCA's and/or tonearm may need to be replaced.

Check it..

Posted on Nov 02, 2007


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