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Major Hiss I've just got an SL-1210 hooked up to a Technics VX500 amp.  I've adjusted for the moving magnet cartridge it's got but there's a really strong hiss running through everything.  I've got the earth hooked up too.  I removed the cartridge and all the wires are intact.

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The issue could be 1 of 3 things...

1) Cartridge / Headshell
2) Tonearm
3) RCA cables

or a combination.

Hard to isolate the issue. Make sure the cartridge/headshell wires are connected properly. Does the his go away when you touch the tonearm? How about the RCA cables? If so, then that is usually the culprit. Did you buy this new or used? If new, I would suggest returning it, or excersizing the warranty.

If the tonearm is the issue, this is not something I would suggest you replace on your own, as it is rather complicated.

Here is a site to buy all the parts you need for your unit:

Just pick the model you need parts for. You can use any good quality RCA cables, but soldering is required in order to replace.

Hope this helps.


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