the home of the turntable

Library / JVC


Auto Return Direct-Drive Turntable

review this turntable (1 review)



Sharing many features with JVC's more advanced turntables is the L-A31.

It has the cog-free, coreless DC servo motor for smooth rotation and high torque, and our FG direct-drive system for speed accuracy.

Rotational speed is constantly adjusted against any variations, whatever the cause, to minimise variations in pitch.

Our low-mass straight tonearm is consistent with current thoughts on the subject.

Low mass improves tracking allowing the use of high compliance cartridges.

It's straight design further reduces mass and increases rigidity.

Resonance is optimally just above warp frequencies while remaining below audible frequencies.

Operation is simple, convenient and smooth.

Controls, even arm cueing and pitch control, are up-front, outside the closed dust cover.

End of play return is another amenity you'll appreciate; once you set the arm on the record and start play, you need not touch it again.

Our ultra light, non-resonating headshell is also included.


Type: coreless DC servo motor

Drive system: direct drive

Wow and flutter: 0.03% WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB

Platter: 295mm die-cast aluminium alloy

Type: statically balanced arm on TH (Tracing Hold) system

Effective length: 220mm

Overhang: 15mm

Tracking force: 0 to 3g

Cartridge weight range: 8.5 to 12g

Operation mode: auto return

Dimensions: 420 x 115 x 355mm

Weight: 5.2kg


instruction/owners manual  English - rehless

service manual  English - scompton48

Please login or register a free account in the forum to download files

If you have additional documentation please consider donating a copy to our free archive.

NOTE To view PDF files the latest version of the official acrobat reader is required.

JVC Direct Drive Turntables

JVC L-A31 / LA31 owners manual, service manuals and schematics are for reference only and the Vinyl Engine bears no responsibility for errors or other inaccuracies. The PDF files are provided under strict licence. Reproduction without prior permission or for financial gain is strictly prohibited. This website is not affiliated with or sponsored by JVC.


JVC L-A31 Turntable Cartiridge

I am wondering what is a great cartridge? I am looking at the Shure M97xE but not sure.


The M97xe is a good and affordable cartridge. Initial quality control has been an issue, so buy one new from a seller who will allow you to return or exchange it if you have a problem. I've had no problem with the one I own or the two others friends of mine bought, but I have heard that they are occaisionally defective. They really do sound great.


Need a replacement cartridge / stylus for turntable; would Shure M97xE fit on tone arm and work well? Thanks.