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Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable. I have crackling in the passive speaker, but when I reverse the speaker wire,ie, red in black & black in red, the crackle appears in the powered speaker.

Have replaced Headshell complete

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If you have replaced the cartridge then it must be the cartridge pre-amp that is faulty. If there are any other functions on the device such as CD, then it will not effect them. Unless there is crackling on any other function then the pre-amp has a problem. The pre-amp itself is generally a single IC. You can find it by following the turntable connection back to the inside of the amp. The signals will pass through the IC before being passed to the main pre-amp.

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SOURCE: Headshell for Denon DP-45F Turntable

The PCL-30 does not look like a standard headshell. I doubt the above answer is correct.

Posted on Sep 06, 2008


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SOURCE: Sony PS-LX250H Turntable Problem

If Sony does not have it available, you won't be able to find one. You can go generic, but you have to worry about size and fit.

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SOURCE: Phono Preamp buzz

Ditto. Double check the ground cable. If it is connected, then try a different set of RCA cables. Also check the connections on your headshell/cartridge. Make sure all 4 wires are properly secure.


Posted on Oct 08, 2008


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SOURCE: Turntable Crackling

sounds to me like your fader has popped! lube contact spray will not solve the problem, it will only clear it up for a few passes if any! PCV faders have covers inside which stop any lube getting right on the contacts! but in my experience as a scratch dj for 11 years is that contact spray only make the problem worse over time! best shot from here is to replace the fader, or get a mixer with optical/contactless fader i suggest a mixer with the 'eternal' fader i.e. ecler 360/80hak. hope this helps

Posted on Feb 11, 2009


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SOURCE: belt is off my audio-technica turntable at-pl50

WASH YOUR HANDS FIRST! Any oils on the drive belt may cause slippage.

This is from the manual:

A) Remove the record mat from the turntable platter
(Fig. 10a). Through an opening in the
turntable platter, visually inspect to see if the drive belt
is around the motor pulley (Fig. 10b).
B) If the drive belt is not around the motor pulley: Lift
and remove the turntable. Place a thumb into each of
the left and right openings on the turntable platter; and,
using the fingers to press down on the turntable housing’s
surface, pull the platter straight up (Fig. 10c).
Avoid pressing on the tone arm.
C) With the turntable platter bottom side up, place the
belt along the outside wall of the turntable platter's
drive rim, making certain that the belt is smooth and
flat all the way around (Fig. 10d).
D) Put the turntable back on the center spindle, make
certain it is fully seated, and align one of its openings
over the motor pulley position.
E) Through the opening, carefully hook the turntable
belt with a finger or with the original red ribbon (never
use a sharp object) and pull the belt over the motor
pulley (Fig. 10e). Make certain the belt is not twisted
between the pulley and the platter’s drive rim.
F) Put the record mat back on the platter.
G) While holding the tone arm in its rest position,
slowly turn the platter by hand clockwise at least 10
rotations to clear the mechanism’s automatic cycle.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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