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Power Issues or Drive Issues??

When I power on my tables everything seems normal, but when I turn on tables...The lights flicker slowly.  Also, the audio sounds real slow and distorted.  
All connections are hooked up properly and audio connections and means are correct.

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  • jSpin Mar 25, 2008

    Ok. I just ended up taking them to a reputable service tech. Prior to taking them to tech, he suggested that it was either the voltage regulator or motor.



    Now these turntables have the adapter on the plug, so they could be plugged in an european outlet. So thats why he said that it may be the voltage regulator.



    But in a worst case scenario...Could be the motor. Which will mean that they are useless.



    So I'm keeping my fingers crossed, that its the minor issue.

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First and foremost, check to see that your turntable is set to the correct voltage setting for your area.

Remove your slipmat, as well as any rubber mat you might have on the unit. You want to expose the metal turntable platter. On the platter you'll see 2 holes on opposite ends. Rotate the platter to the 9 o'clock position. You'll see a voltage switch - 115V / 220V - make sure it's set to your country's setting:

U.S. / Japan / Canada: 110-115V
EUROPE: 220V

IF, you do not see this option on your turntable, then you do not have a Dual Voltage turntable. Now your talking about damage to the drive system. Which is comprised of various circuits, of which anyone of them could be bad. At this point, you'll have to take it to a reputable service center to have it diagnosed.

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Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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    TERMiNAL OPTiC Apr 10, 2008

    The beauty of these turntables as anything on it is repairable. If you know what your doing. There is no motor on these turntables. The 'motor' is actually a combination of drive circuits on the main board, mainly IC's and assorted Resistors. If you are having a voltage problem, it can still be repaired.

    If you want, have the technician give us a call here, and we can help him diagnose the problem, as well as provide him with suggestions on repairs. We aren't the KING OF 1200s for nothing!

    1.877.357.7677 ext 1

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Check to make sure that your voltage setting is set correctly. Look under the turntable platter. You'll see a voltage selector. Make sure it's properly set for your area (115V or 220V).

If this does not solve the problem, or you have a turntable that does not have the voltage setting feature, then you might have a faulty turntable drive issue or an issue with the power, which means something is wrong on the main board (located underneath the turntable platter).

- DJ PRO AUDIO
www.DJPROLAB.com

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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