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I have a SL-HM42, it has a small flat white plug on it and I'm not sure how to hook it up. Am I missing something?

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My guess is that the white is ground, the next one live power, and the other four are the speaker cables. Theoretically, you should just need to hook it up to a 12-V power supply, the speaker cable to an amplifier, and you should be good to go

Posted on Dec 04, 2011

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    Ok, that wasn't quite the fix...if you look at it head on, so the two "bumps" are at the top and you're looking into the connector, the white wire on the right (the left most too should be empty) is for the right speaker, not sure what the second one from the right is, the third from the right is the left speaker, then power ground, then 12 V +, then ground, then two blanks. I've gotten my record player powed, although I'm having difficulties corresponding the left/right ones to my speakers. All I'm getting (sending it through a different amp via speaker wires) is a popping sound or static. Anyone have any ideas?



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I'm trying to work out the same thing too. The stereo unit that came with the sl-hm42 stopped working recently and I'm trying to work out a way get the record player going again. By the looks of things I'm going to have to invest in a pre-amp to boost the output of the record player but that will be no good unless I can work out what each of the wires do....

Let me know if you work it out yeah?
Also, just to check, does your flat white plug have 6 wires?

Posted on Feb 07, 2011


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