Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld
Before you take a risk by attempting a DIY mod on your Tehnics wiring I'd try to test the phono pre amp.
Technics have an excellent reputation for reliability. No brand, eBay only, cheap knock offs of ancient designs do not.
Can you borrow a known working phono pre amp, small DJ mixer or amp with built in phono stage?
There are alternatives but the ART DJ Pre II has an excellent reputation and only costs $45. You can get even cheaper ones from Maplins or Radio Shack. If the problem turns out not to be pre amp ground loop related then either send it back for a refund or keep it for when you want to do some critical listening rather than a fun experiment with obsolete gear.
While I agree you would want to check to be sure the phono stage is okay....I don't agree on the shameless plug and fanboy comment on the SL1200. It is a good table, but wars have started over that "this is THE" table attitude. How about we just address the ISSUE ?
And the only OBSOLETE gear he owns is the Technics..The Yaqin is a NEW product. and also HIGHLY regarded.
REALLY REALLY REALLY ...if you don't understand things, please don't post. A newbie asks a question and gets sent in 7 different directions with bad info. He said what equipment he has. We know that the issue is either at the RCA plus or the input jacks on the Yaqin but if he bends the wire at the RCA plug it works intermittently. SO most likely the plugs.
Some really good advice that costs nothing to TRY ? Use a Digital Multi Meter
Set it to do a continuity test where it will do a tone (or display)
Test each side from the cartridge leads to the RCA ends (take the leads OFF the cart to do this)
Test Red wire on the headshell end to the center post of the RED RCA
Test the green wire on the headshell to the outer ring of the RED RCA
Test the WHite wire on the headshell to the center post of the WHITE RCA
Test the BLUE wire on the headshell to the outer post to the outer ring for the WHITE RCA
That is to see you have continuity all the way through. If one doesn't work or is intermittent,. you know your cables are bad.
As to the buzz, there are a variety of things including bad cables, bad ground wire, noise on your AC power...
But address the wires and their continuity first
Also to the OP electrician, Did I read you right that you carried the GROUND past the Yaqin to the AC strip ? No NO NO
Turntable ground to Yagin ground. Period. If you used an amp with a phono built in, then its TT ground to amp ground...AND THATS it ..Bad boy...Electrician yes, TT ground guru..NO...LOL
Edited by arcorob - 1/6/14 at 7:02am