noviceatbest wrote:Thank God for the internet and this website.
I decided to start listening to my old albums once again. It's been 45 years now, never wait that long.
I bought a thrift store turntable, a Dual CS 506 and a few thrift store albums at .50 apiece. I know, the dirt, the dust, the age, etc., but I now I have discovered that MY generation of turntables is called "vintage" and they are costly. I don't know if I want to regenerate the hobby of buying vinyl so don't want to invest a lot yet. Hence, used equipment.
Having said that, I also purchased a used (but clean) older Yamaha receiver for $40. I had this model and gave it away because I needed more HDMI outlets. It seems to be fine. I plugged in the used Dual turntable and naturally it sounded rough. But I can replace the needle if i decide to keep it. The problem: a lot of audio noise coming from the speakers. The Dual has a component (white and black) cable that I plugged into the "phono" outlet in back of the Yamaha receiver. With this racket -is it the component plug or am I doing something wrong? I am using Energy bookshelf speakers, which sound fine ordinarily.
Wow, 45 years out of vinyl? You missed the 70s then. To bad, that was a vinyl heyday.
A couple of changes have happened in 45 years.
1. We clean records to get them to sound good (read the forum on record care some time).
2. We replace old bad needles and align cartridges using free down loadable protractors from the "tools" section above.
Vintage eguipment can be excellent but you have to be willing to do some work along the way. You could acquire a great sounding system of used equipment that is not at all costly but that will take some research and effort. Not a lot, but some.
Here are the manuals for your CS 506. It is a good starter turntable. Consider replacing the belt and doing some basic lubrication to the motor and the spindle. Your turntable is old and most likely needs it. http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dual/cs-506.shtml
Sounds like you know already the Energy speakers are in good working order so the and two unknows are the turntable and the Reciever.
What is the cartridge model? It probably needs a stylus and that could be your problem.
Other things to check: Are your turntable RCA phono plugs in good condition and clean? Is there a good ground wire that you connected to the Reciever?
What model number is the Yamaha receiver? Does it have a phono input? Does it play FM without distortion. Can you plug a CD player into it and get good sound? Try to eliminate some of the variables.