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karl05_82's picture
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Joined: Feb 19 2013 - 2:18pm
Totally Baffled



I'm totally new to viynl and i'm having some problems which I need some help with. There is a wierd mix discrepancy between the left and right channels. By that I mean that the volume of the parts of music which come out of the left channel (i.e. guitar overdubs) are the correct volume BUT hardly any instruments are coming through the left channel. So basically for a typical guitar band song at the moment I'm hearing all the main vocals, bass guitar, guitar and drums coming from the right channel and only the occational overdubbed guitar or backing vocal coming from the left. These are proper recordings and no engineer in their right mind would have mixed these albums so c**p, so there must be something wrong with my system. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Demondog's picture
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Joined: Feb 22 2009 - 5:01pm
I'm a little baffled myself.

Since you have not provided a single clue as to what you are using to listen with (the word vinyl by itself doesn't help very much) I am at a loss as to what could cause your problem.

I'll guess anyway. Defective phono cartridge?

Bill B
Bill B's picture
Last seen: 3 years 1 month ago
Joined: Jul 28 2012 - 1:59pm
check your connections

check all your connections - undo them and reconnect.  Also make sure the polarity is correct.  Do you know about that?  i.e., make all connections consistent - for instance, if you have the gold wire go to the red terminal and the silver wire to the black terminal, make sure that is the case for each point of connection (at the amp, at the speakers, etc)

jgossman's picture
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Joined: Aug 18 2011 - 6:21am
EQ isn't right

Are you haveing to turn it to 2 o'clock to get reasonable volume?

I'm betting on 2 things, you're not using a phono preamp or your phono preamp isn't working correctly, AND as has been offered, you are having a polarity issue.  Polarity issues being REALLY audible USUALLY require a high enough quality system for phase correctness across most of the listening spectrum, starting with the azimuth of the phono pickup/tape head (obviously not an issue with digital assuming a modern dac) and going all the way through the chain to the phase and time alignment of your speaker drivers.  On a crappy system, including expensive crappy system, you can swap speaker polarity all day and never hear a difference.  On a good, coherant system, the second it's right you'll know it.

If you are using a tube preamp or an opamp based preamp (which includes most receivers and integrateds made since the late 80's) make sure you don't need to switch polarity of the speaker cables. If they are shielded cables, switch them at the speaker not the amp in case the shield is connected to the black so as to earth the shield.

jackfish's picture
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Joined: Dec 19 2005 - 2:42pm
I'd start with cartridge alignment. If that ain't right one

can't expect much else.

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