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Turntable Issues I posted a comment regarding turntables that I recently purchased. Any advice? 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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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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