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How To Replace Turntable Cartridge

May 25,2022 | Retrolife

The turntable cartridge is one of the key pieces of equipment that directly affects the sound of a vinyl record. Whether the magnet is vibrating and the coil is fixed, or the magnet is fixed and the coil is vibrating, it will cut the magnetic lines and generate current, and the size of this current is issued with the size of the music signal vibration. These currents will be converted into voltage form and input to the preamp, then through a RAA equalization line reduction in the preamp, continue to enter the signal amplification most, and finally from the speaker to send out music.

Replacing the phono cartridge is actually very easy, you just need to learn a few simple steps, you can replace it yourself at home

How to Replace a Record Needle Safely and Easily

Remove the Turntable Phono Cartridge
1. Grab the middle of the needle with your hand.
2. with a screwdriver nozzle alignment, slightly force down wrench the old needle.
3. Carefully grasp the four phono arm wires, making sure to hold the wires with a plastic sleeve
4. Then grasp the phono head by hand to remove it.

How to Replace a Turntable Cartridge - Sound Matters

Install the New Phono Cartridge
1. Grab the front of the new needle and the middle of the head with your hands.
2. Connect the new phono head to the phono arm wires. Each colored phono arm wire has a corresponding color on the phono head, and push the phono head in gently.
3. Finally, insert the hood screw into the slot on the hood and then through the slot on the phono housing. Use your fingers to hold the hood nut in place, then turn the screw until the threads snap into place.

How to Replace a Turntable Cartridge - Sound Matters

After replacing the cartridge, need to use a protractor or alignment tool to ensure that the cartridge is properly aligned, and use a stylus force gauge to check that your vertical tracking force is correct.


Finally, here is a reference video, through the video so that you can more clearly and intuitively understand how to replace the phono cartridge.