Help troubleshoot installed turntable cartridge?
May 14, 2014 12:56 AM Subscribe
I just bought a new cartridge for an old record player, installed it as instructed, and sound is only coming out of one channel when playing a record.
posted by FarOutFreak to Technology (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently bought an AudioTechnica AT95E cartridge for use in an old Marantz TT221 turntable. I've attached the headshell leads to the cartridge in the order advised, done the tonearm balancing and such, and proceeded to test the cartridge on a record. Upon playing, I'm only getting sound out of the right channel of my system.
I tried reattaching the headshell leads to see if I just attached it very loosely, and tested again, and still don't get any sound from the left channel. I've switched RCA inputs, and confirmed that the RCA switched the output as well, so I'm narrowing it to the headshell/cartridge as problematic.
What things can I check to see if the headshell wires are possibly the culprit here? I'm skeptical about the cartridge being the problem, as it's new. Is it ok for me to try and switch the leads on the cartridge (switch ground and output correspondingly for left and right) to troubleshoot, or would that potentially wreck the cartridge? Any other stuff I can look at before I throw my hands up and possibly get someone else to look at it?