Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

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Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by jsaadia » 27 Apr 2019 21:38

Hello everybody, I am pretty new to vinyl,! I hava a problem: I bought the AT-lP5 last july 2018, and in the last month i 've been listening to a distortion sound specially in the last songs from the records. I contacted audio technica and they suggest to increase the tracking force and to use a protractor to calibrate the cartridge or /and to change the styli. I did calibration and increase the tracking force but and the problem persist.
Maybe I did the calibration wrong? could the styli be damaged ater a few months of use?? any suggestions of what I can do?? change the cartridge?
thanks !

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by ChrisLovesRock » 30 Apr 2019 07:12

It's very possible. Vinyl Engine has free protractors you can use. Just be sure to open them up in Acrobat Reader (or whatever your PDF reader is called), NOT your browser, and make sure you print it at the correct size. (In print settings, set it up for 100% with absolutely NO "fit to page" or any of that.) Then and only then will it be the correct size. A ruler will be a huge help here. This was my first vinyl mistake.

I'm pretty sure this particular model uses the Stevenson alignment.

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by jsaadia » 30 Apr 2019 12:47

Thanks Chris for the reply. I'll try that.
And what about buying a protractor (I've seen a few in amazon ).?

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by Alec124c41 » 30 Apr 2019 14:17

The protractors in our Tools section are quite good.
Do check the tracking force. A stylus with inadequate downforce can ricochet down the groove on louder passages, taking bites out of the groove walls as it does so, leaving permanent damage.
Also, keep the stylus clean.

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by jsaadia » 30 Apr 2019 19:46

Thanks Alec,
Regarding the tracking force in the AT-LP5, I really don't notice any difference at all either if I put it on 1 or in 3. Maybe it's me (as I said I'm kind of new to vinyl) but I don't know....

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by Alec124c41 » 01 May 2019 00:49

Just to double-check (I remember not knowing this):
Lower the lift, and turn the counterweight to make the rm balance, with the stylus almost touching the record.
Return arm to rest, and, without moving the counterweight, set the dial on the front of it to 0.
Now, without touching the dial, turn the entire counterweight to 1.5.
That should set the proper tracking force.

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by ChrisLovesRock » 01 May 2019 11:48

Also, if you can buy a tracking force gauge, those things are dead accurate. "2 grams" on your counterweight doesn't always track at 2 grams.

Try to get one that looks like this

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com ... tt2anL.jpg

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Re: Distortion sound on the AT-LP5

Post by jsaadia » 01 May 2019 23:02

Thanks I 'll do that. !

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