Neither AM nor FM has ever worked, but I only wanted to use my turntable so it didn't matter. Had a tech look at it, he said only 2 channels were working and hooked up to those channels. I bought a new receiver but it would not power my speakers. That is the important point...I want to keep my speakers...12" woofers, 8" midrange, 3" tweeters. Man at Radio Shack said older turntables would not work with new receivers. I've talked to everyone in town, get a different info every time. Please Help.
P.S. I have the user's manual and will send Xeroxes or fax.
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Re: Only 2 channels working
If your new reciver does not have a turntable input, you can purchase a phono preamp and simply plug the turntable into the preamp and the output of the preamp to an aux or tape input of the new reciver. they should have it or be able to get it at radio shack. Or look up online or build one as I had to do as im a cheap skate, but I know what I have now..Check this out. i included the preamp i built so i can still use my collection of vinal with my surround sound system. Good luck and please dont forget to rate this thread.
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It may be a bit late to start talking, but you need to narrow down the problem. It could be all manor of things, but start by breaking the problem down.
Try the turntable in another known working amplifier. Does it work ok? If so the problem is not the turntable, but another part of your setup.
Try the following :
First of all, try a clean source such as a cd player. Does that come out of both channels ok? If so, your amplification is ok.
Is the the Turntable going into a mixer? Try another phono channel of the mixer.
Tried all channeles and still got a problem? Try another mixer as the master output of the mixer could be faulty.
Still a problem? Try your mixer in to another input of the same and of another amplifier? Is there still a problem? Well you have tested your main equipment, so now you can conectrate on the deck.
Get another headshell with another known working cart and install them into this deck. Still a problem?
Beyond this you need a little more expertise and I'm unaware of your technical abillities. As a matter of safety for yourself and your equipment, you should take it to a professional to have it repaired.
If you switch the cables so the left channel plays into the right of the amp and the sound stays dead in the left channel of the amp it's not the cartridge that is at fault by your amp. Amps have a magnetic cartridge pre-amp built into them for turntables. This can go faulty, but won't effect any other device (CD etc). Most of these pre-amps are a single IC. Which will need to be replaced.
Not true! CD channels don't require a pre-amp and the cartridge for a turntable does. I suspect that when the power went off the mixer was still on, so that when power was restored it came back on. However this resulted in a surge inside the unit. Magnetic cartridge pre-amps are often very sensitive to this kind of thing and will sometimes fail, while everything else works fine. This would result in no sound from the record decks, but sound from CD players etc.
In reality the correct way to listen to radio or any music source for that matter is in 2 channel stereo. What this means is that the front left and right will play and also the subwoofer. If you absolutely want all your speakers to play while listening to fm, than press the Multi channel button and set it to direct, or any other sound field that you may desire.
You may have a bad stylus (needle), it can cause just that type of problem. Find a service center near you and see if they can get a replacement for you. They are very easy to replace, but very difficult to find.