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How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Aguair » 13 Sep 2017 21:50

I'm having issues getting my turntable (not the tonearm, the actual whole turntable) balanced. No matter where I put it, it's always at most a couple of degrees off in either axis. Is this going to matter?

My turntable doesn't have adjustable feet and neither does the table it rests on, so small adjustments aren't easy to make.
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Alec124c41 » 13 Sep 2017 22:15

To level your turntable, it is always possible to put something under the feet.
Make sure the table sits solidly, and does not rock. Only the music should rock.

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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Copperhead » 13 Sep 2017 22:22

Aguair wrote: My turntable doesn't have adjustable feet and neither does the table it rests on, so small adjustments aren't easy to make.


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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Vinylfreak86 » 13 Sep 2017 22:27

I always used those things, which were designed to be put under a glass of beer, it is the best if it is made out of natural cork. Those are useful to be put under turntable feet to balance the whole thing. I saw them in a chinese shop for 2 eur the whole package.
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby audiopile » 14 Sep 2017 01:00

I buy packs of index cards for this -even with TT's with adjustable feet -getting at the back feet inside a cabinet is a challenge . These provide plenty fine adjustment -this is a really critical adjustment or you can find yourself chassing your tail getting issues like Azimuth and bias right.
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby gofar99 » 14 Sep 2017 02:40

Hi, I use "Postit Notes" and felt pads designed to protect furniture. The come in sets at most hardware and department stores. Various thickness as well. You can stack them to get more height. I would put what ever you use under the turntable feet and not the table ...unless it wobbles.
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Doug G. » 14 Sep 2017 05:48

If your tonearm is statically balanced, the table must be level. If it is dynamically balanced, the the table doesn't need to be perfectly level.

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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby spareflyer » 14 Sep 2017 12:27

shelf always wins in my book
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Aguair » 14 Sep 2017 17:29

Doug G. wrote:If your tonearm is statically balanced, the table must be level. If it is dynamically balanced, the the table doesn't need to be perfectly level.

Doug


If my turntable has a counterweight that stays in the same place, I assume that means it's statically balanced?
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Re: How important is it to balance your turntable?

Postby Doug G. » 14 Sep 2017 17:43

Sorry, I should have explained a little further. The tracking force on a statically balanced arm is set by moving the counterweight forward or backward after the arm is balanced.

The tracking force on a dynamically balanced arm is set by using a control that varies a spring tension on the arm after it is balanced with a counterweight.

Dynamically balanced arms can track at any angle, even upside down.

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