Hi there, first post. I dived into the world of Vinyl just a few weeks ago. I bought myself a House Of Marley Stir It Up turntable after reading some positive reviews from several sources. After I got it I saw some more reviews from people with some issues. I wasn't experiencing any of them so I figured those may have been teething issues with early release models. But I've discovered a new one, and I'm not sure if it's a design flaw with the unit, or something else.
I ordered a limited edition ep a few weeks back, and when I received it I found a strange problem. The end of the last song on side A wouldn't play to the end. The turntable would stop, maybe spin again momentarily, then stop again. I figured there was an issue with the pressing so I sent it back for a replacement.
Last week I bought Nirvana's In Utero, and found the same problem on the last song on side A again. Took the turntable back, and had it replaced. We tested in store, and it got further, but the record still cut out before the end. The staff were saying that sometimes records aren't always fitting everything on the vinyl for various reasons. I was a little dubious, but also swapped the record back at the store I bought it from. Same problem still.
Anyway, my replacement of the first problem record arrived in the mail today. Tried it, and same issue. It got a little further than on the first turntable, but still, cutting out. I decided to test something, play the record at 45rpm. Surprisingly, or not, I don't know, the record played all the way through the song at the higher speed. Pulled out In Utero, and the same, it made it all the way.
I guess my question is, could this be a cartridge related issue, as in, could a better quality cartridge replacement fix this issue, or am I looking at a design flaw in the motor start/stop procedure? I've emailed House Of Marley as well, but awaiting a response.
I'm loath to get rid of of the turntable and get something else, but I do love the look of the turntable (I know that's a bit silly), and it sounds great to me too, but I don't want to have problems playing some of my growing collection because if this strange problem.
Thanks in advance for your help.