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How to balance your tonearm turntable?

May 26,2022 | Retrolife

The cartridge is the most important component of a vinyl record player because it directly affects the overall sound performance. That the quality of a phono Cartridge playing music is adjusted to the correct needle pressure, in addition to the quality of the phono Cartridge itself.

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Needle Pressure is Too Low:

1. murmur, the original can compensate for the murmur, because not adjusting to the needle pressure results in an excessive murmur.

2. There will be a rustling noise in the treble area, particularly in the trumpet or piano treble, indicating that the needle pressure has been adjusted to a small setting.

3. The tone of the record distorts, becomes false, or the phenomenon of needle skipping occurs, and the recording phonograph suffers severe damage.

Needle Pressure is Too High:

1. The bass region, which is dull and muddy. The tone has lost its elasticity and vitality.

2, The pressure is too high, and the impact of the scratch on the record itself has caused damage to the needle record.

There are two methods for adjusting the needle pressure: the Scale Measurement Method and the Needle Pressure Meter Measurement Method.

1、Scale Measurement Method

First, set the arm to 0 degrees (parallel to the plane of the turntable), and then adjust the weight at the end of the arm, one degree outward to reduce 1g, and one degree inward to increase 1g. Each phono manufacturer's needle pressure range will be marked out in the manual, and we can adjust to the appropriate range. This method will contain errors and will be insufficiently accurate.

2, Needle Pressure Meter Measurement

You can buy a needle pressure meter for accurate measurement, the price is not expensive. We first place the needle pressure meter on the turntable, reset the weight to 0, and then place the phono head on the needle pressure meter to read the value, and then adjust the weight at the end of the arm, adjusted inward that is to reduce, outward that is to increase the weight, adjusted and then placed on the needle pressure meter to read the value, until the adjustment to the phono appropriate needle pressure value range.

For this situation, we recommend a very functional vinyl phonograph. The new Retrolife UD004 Vinyl Record Player features an Adjustable Counterweight function that allows you to adjust the pressure based on the situation to ensure a stable presentation of the sound effect. It is a friendly experience for newcomers to start vinyl phonograph.