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Weak output signal when compared to my other table.

Just recently I noticed that the output from my one turtable was obviously lower than my second table. I swapped Stylus', swapped cartridges, swapped channel inputs used on the Mixer (DJM-500) yet the problems is isolated with the turntable unit. I assured the channels were equal, trim was equal, and even used the same vinyl to test it out. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance.. Mike B

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  • Drenalin Nov 06, 2007

    That sounds like a good suggestion. But would the cables gradually deteriorate. Not too long ago they both were putting out equally, yet for whatever reason one is sounding weaker. I recal reading a turntablism page a while back and they mentioned that if you look at the serial number on the back, the two letters after the serial number indicate where that particular table is destined/manufactured. Would this have some bearing? Another thing that seems strange is that the table which is weaker, oddly emough happens to be fairly new in the sense that it hasn;t been play as regulary in the past when the previous owner had it. And I myself havent spent many overkill hours pumping out the tracks. I suppose it wouldn't hurt the get the cables replaced on both units.... Any repitable service depot in Alberta that you know of?? Thanks for the quick response, that was awesome..!! Mike

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This does happen. The RCA cables used on the Technics 1200's aren't of the greatest quality, and you will find lower output on some turntables. This can become an issue, if you record your sets to your PC, or you use Serato, Final Scratch, or any of the digital control set ups. There is only 1 way to resolve this, and that's to switch out the RCA cables on both turntables, and ensure that they are matched. This can be done by any qualified audio service technician. Just make sure you choose some good quality RCA cables, and not the standard OEM Technics cables.

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