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Sound problem Don't know if anyone here can help me but. I have a pair of technics 1210 mk2s, and there only playing through the left channel. So the sound output through my amp only comes through my left speakers.

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Re: sound problem

You might also have a bad tonearm connection - make sure your headshell is securely in place. Also take a look at the tonearm pins, this is the 4 pins inside the tonearm, where your headshell connects. If any of the pins are pushed in, then you have a faulty tonearm.

The most common issue with sound is the RCA cables, so I would suggest replacing those first before you go to the tonearm, as the tonearms are pretty expensive.


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Re: sound problem

First thing to do is take the left and put in in the right, do you get sound on the right?
now take the phono cartridge wires and move the left to the right and right to the left does the sound move or stay same place. if they move with or not tells you if the cartridge is bad or phono plugs. if they dont move it's the phono plugs if the does move it's the cart.

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