My turntable was working great, then all of a sudden it made a loud buzz and my left speaker is now nearly silent. All the other outputs work correctly, (i.e. tv, DVD, Cd) so I am assuming that something is not working right with the turntable. Please help, I am a record junkie and I am in desperate need of some tunes.
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Re: Audio Technica pl120 turntable
Have you checked your cables from the turntable?
It kind of sounds like you have lost the ground connection on that side, either in the cable or in the turntable itself. Perhaps at the wire going into the cartridge. You might check all these things. Good luck.
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Sounds like it could be a connection problem. Hear's a simple test. Disconnect the leads to the cartridge (make a note of which wires connects with the cartridge). With your amp switched on. Touch with your finger (one at a time) each wire. You should hear a decent buzz on two of the wires - one wire for the right, one for the left. If you don't hear a buzz or it's weak, then there's nothing wrong with the cartridge, but either the cable between the amp and turntable is faulty or the amp's pre-amp has a fault. You can eliminate the pre-amp by switching the leads over. If the fault now goes to the other channel, it's the lead. But if it stays on the same channel, it's the pre-amp that's faulty.
If both channels buzz fine, then you either have faulty cartridge or a bad connection to the cartridge with the wire to it.
The first problem could be the stylus needs cleaning. Please shine some light on the stylus ( needle ) and see if it has picked up dirt from the record groove. This will prevent the stylus from tracking the song properly. Clean using a fine brush in the direction in which the stylus passes the record groove i.e from back of the pick up arm to front- NEVER SIDEWAYS. Next check the counterweight adjustment at the back of the Pick up arm. The tracking force should be between 1.5 to 3 grams depending on the brand of the cartridge. What ever be the chosen weight the antiskating knob should also be set to the same number. The skipping can also be because of heavy bass vibration traveling up the body of the Turntable.Good turntables have a floating suspension to prevent this. The tuntable platter will be suspended on springs.You can place it on a rubber Matt or move it away from the speakers ,esp: sub woofers.
Before anything else I would clean the pitch slider control with a little bit of De-Oxit D5 cleaner or Servisol. It could be there is some dust/dirt in the slider control causing a fluctuation in speed because of bad contacts.
Spray a little in the slider, work it a few times and leave for about 5 minutes before trying. Hope this helps :)
First you need to know if it's the turntable and not the amplifier or connections. Unplug the RCA Jacks right at the turntable. The male jack should be the one(s) going to the amplifier/receiver. Just holding your finger against the jack tip should give you a loud buzz out of your speakers. If not, the cabling, or more likely the switch selections on the amp are set improperly. It isn't likely at all that the cartridge is bad on both left and right channels. Check switch settings carefully.
I don't know which country you are from, but if the mains plug has a fuse in it then replace it with the same type. If that does not do the trick take it back back where you bought it and get a refund or a replacement! There may well be an INTERNAL fuse inside the unit on the power supply unit which may be at fault. If it is under warranty don't open the turntable yourself - take it back - I WOULD!
All the best!