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Gemini cdt-05 hybrid grounding noise

There is no grounding terminal on these decks, manual says that there is no need for one due to the turntable being grounded internally, i started off with both turntables having this bad bassline noise, i knocked the tonearm off one deck accidentaly and now that deck is fine no noise what so ever. but the other one still has the bad bassline noise, ive got a sneeking suspicion its a cable on the tonearm that is snagged of something but something to do with the tonearm ive swapped the channels round to see if it was my mixer and channel 1 *fine* channel 3 *bassproblem* swiched them over so deck 3 was playing through channel 1 and there was still the same problem.

i would just like to know if someone has got the same suspicions as me as i'm not to good with electronics and ive only just recived these decks from belgium and am a bit reluctent to open these babys up lol

poisonurhead@yahoo.com email me if anyone has a solution

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  • afaaron Aug 08, 2008

    The cd function produces this weird electronic feedback giving the perception of the cd sounding like an old vinyl record with static when playing...i'm not sure if its the wires but its definitely not my mixer producing this weird output for the cd function. I had them for almost 2 years.

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Well, number #1 - it's a Gemini. So, you can rest assured that the craftsmanship is not the greatest. It's hit or miss with this company.

#2, if the issue you are having is a ground issue, then perhaps the internal ground wire might have come loose, or there is some sort of interference somewhere. Do you have your turntables next to anything that draws alot of power? Such as air conditioner, or a microwave, fridge, etc? Also, connecting to the same power outlet with something that draws alot of electricity might have the same effect. Try a different power outlet. One that is not being used if possible. If you use a power strip or extension cord, try a new one.

There could be many issues which cause feedback.. the main thing is to determine what is NOT causing the problem. So, you know it's NOT your mixer. Great. Now, move on to the next step. Check your cartridges also. Try swapping them out, see if the problem follows. Many times the tonearms aren't grounded properly. There are 5 wires coming out from the tonearm - L+, L-, R+, R- and GROUND. If the ground came off during transport, or movement, this might be your problem.

Good luck!

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