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JVC JL-A20 Reviews

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7/10 by glaze182

Second owner of this turntable. Well taken care of by brother in law who owned it before me. Replaced belt and lubricated all pivots and slides. Auto return works and needle drops gently. There is no mis-behavior of any kind and does what it is supposed to do. Fitted with audio-technica dual magnet AT13EaV cartridge. Flawless sound with no audible faults. The sound is full and dynamic for what is supposed to be a flawed and obsolete technology. CD's on the other hand are hit and miss. Some CD's sound phenomenal and others sound no better than an old cassette tape. Vinyl will be here for a long time to come.

8/10 by TyoSolo

I've just bought one of these (well the JL A15, which is pretty much the same) to give my hi-fi setup a nice retro feel to it. There were a few problems with it when it arrived that I've had to sort out, and thought I'd share the experience in case it helps anyone in the future.

1. The auto return was not working properly. As it turned out, there were two problems. The first is the rubber on the return mechanism had perished, so I cleaned that off and put some new adhesive foam. The second was that there is a bolt that you need to tighten onto the tine arm's spindle which was loose. I had to tighten this up, but the plastic was so brittle in snapped. Some plastic glue later, I managed to get the mechanism working. Even when it was working, it wasn't auto returning at the end of a record. This can be adjusted with a screw in the plastic around the tone arm spindle. its horizontal, and pushes (or not) against another piece of plastic that is connected by a spring. If you tighten it, the auto-return starts closer to the centre of the disc, and if you loosen, further from the centre..

2. Getting the belt off was a bit of a conundrum, as I couldn't appear to remove the platter. I tried all of the advice given here and in the forums - such as hitting it gently as I pulled, but it was not coming off. when I flipped it over and opened it up, I noticed the spindle bed had a screw going into the side of it. I loosed this, and the platter came right out. So if you are really struggling to get the platter off - check for this retaining screw in the spindle bed inside.

3. There is no ground wire, and there is nowhere to install one externally. It may not be a problem, but if you do experience a buzz, in may be worth installing one by connecting a fork terminal to one of the screws internally on the metal chassis.

Once I've got the scratches out of the acrylic dust cover and polished up the metalwork, this will be a great looking deck, and it gives a good quality sound too. Not bad considering its over 30 years old.

10/10 by Dr Geener

my first turntable, used it for about 2 years before my grandfather gave me his Sansui sr 717. being fairly new to vinyl with a collection 20 albums, i bought this to get myself away from some jenson/cosley model that would have destroyed the few albums i had,(2 of which sound damaged despite being fairly new), when i was looking for a replacement it would have ether been an orbit U turn or this, and really i couldn't have been happier, my only problem with it, and this was after reading around on some forums, was that the auto return didn't quite work, it would go to its stand and push its self back out to the center of the record, so i opened it up and taped a bit of foam on the auto return mechanism, now it works perfectly, if you do purchase this turntable, i would recommend the first thing you do is look inside and find the black (foam?) end on the auto return, over the years it may have disintegrated and you may want to add something to it so the auto return works properly

10/10 by Nickbrt


9/10 by stefanomollo

Hi all;
I have a collection of many ( over 20) turntables, and this one is one of the best in the collection.
Note that mine is a JL-A15, but by the look of it I think they are pretty similar ...
I find it very beautiful; the stock pick up (JVC Z1-S) still sounds excellent and is in pristine conditions.
When I first got it, it was barely recognizable as a JVC turntable. It was buried under a thick layer of dust. Dust was everywhere, but not inside. The inside was clean. Feet are in excellent conditions. I had to clean it thoroughly, I even cleaned the stylus.
Of course, the belt was evaporated and I had to install a new belt.
I oiled all the moving parts, but not the motor, which didn't need any oiling.
Note 1: there is no GND (ground) wire; never was. So, don't worry about it; and
Note 2: to replace the rubber belt, you need to remove the aluminium platter. The platter does NOT have any screw or other locking mechanism. But it just so happen that, after 30+ years, the platter gets stuck on the shaft. If this happens, take a hammer (I am not joking) and SOFTLY and GENTLY hit the tip of the shaft while GENTLY pulling the platter. The vibrations caused by the hammer will cause the platter to dislodge from the shaft. Do it GENTLY, it will work. It worked for me.
But in my case, the shaft itself was locked; that is, it wouldn't turn at all.
This required some major surgery, as I had to dismantle it from the rest of the turntable, spray it with a generous quantity of CRC (lubricant, spray, like 3in1) and then force it GENTLY to move. Then I disassembled it completely and lubricated it internally. What happened was that a very fine layer of rust had build inside the shaft housing, causing it to get stuck. So, I used a very fine sand paper (800) to remove the rust layer from the shaft, lubricated and reassembled it all.
I know, it takes patience and passion. but when you are buying a 30+ year old piece of technology, which is 99% mechanical, you can't expect to work as new, unless the person who sold it has performed proper maintenance and/or refurbishing prior to selling.
Unfortunately I will now have to sell it, since we have an elderly cat which is in need of constant veterinary care and recently underwent surgery (she had cancer).
But I have many turntables, and I will survive without my JVC. And it's for a good cause.

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