- The stereo won't turn on
- I can't hear anything coming from my device
- Poor sound quality when playing records
- The top lid won't stay open
- I can't play CD's
- I can't play records
The stereo won't turn on ¶
Everything seems to be alright, but it still won't turn on.
Check the power cable ¶
It goes without saying that before you do anything, you should make sure the device is plugged in before you use it. If there is still a problem, inspect the power cord for any visible weaknesses. This may require you to open the back of the device to see if the power cord connections are intact. Click here for a guide on how to replace the power cable.
I can't hear anything coming from my device ¶
There is a distinct lack of noise from the speakers.
Line-in Switch ¶
Make sure that the volume knob is turned up. After that, listen closely to the speakers. If there is no sound coming through, check the line-in switch. If no device is currently connected the switch should be in the "off" position.
Speaker Problems ¶
There could be problems in the speakers themselves and they might need to be rewired or replaced completely.
Poor sound quality when playing records ¶
Something appears to be making a horrible sound.
Warped Records ¶
Indications of having a warped record:
- record players needle skipping or jumping
- minor warps can affect sound quality
If you think your record is warped the following link has some instructions on how to fix warping. Attempting to fix your warped record can end up causing further damage, so proceed with caution.
Scratched Records ¶
A simple visual look over the record will be able to tell you if your record is scratched. There are some ways that a fix is possible, be warned that the problem may become worse after attempting.
Dust or debris ¶
A clean record is necessary to good sound quality. If you let dust or debris to accumulate over a long period of time, your record could be damaged as well as your device. There are different ways that cleaning can be done, it is recommended you do your own research to understand what you need.
Old or damaged Needle ¶
If you suspect that the needle needs to be replaced, a manual repair is necessary.
Check out the repair guide for a how-to.
Failed Vibration Dampeners ¶
The silicone green circular things you can see when you take off the turntable are there to dampen the vibration that can occur as the turntable spins. You may need to tighten or replace these silicone dampeners. Click here for a guide on how to access the silicone vibration dampeners.
The top lid won't stay open ¶
The top lid will not lock in place even when it is fully open.
Bad hinge ¶
The top is supported by a metal hinge joint that may be functioning improperly. Click herefor a guide on replacing the top hinge.
I can't play CD's ¶
I put the CD in, but for some reason I can't play it.
Check CD orientation ¶
Make sure the CD is inserted correctly (label side up).
Check the function setting ¶
Check to see what the function on the device is set for. If it does happen to be set on the CD position. Eject the disk, check for scratches, and wipe it clean. Put the CD back inside and try again.
I can't play records ¶
The record won't play/spin.
Check the needle covering ¶
Check to see what the function on the device is set for. Make sure it is set for the "Phono" setting. Once confirmed, make sure the protective covering for the needle is removed.
Check the arm position ¶
Move the arm to the right until you hear a click.
Band Functionality ¶
The band inside the device may have stretched, snapped, or fell off. You will need to go inside the device in order to correct this. Click here for a guide on how to replace the turntable band.
Suspected Bad motor ¶
In the event that you presume that the motor in your device is bad, manual repair will be necessary. Make sure that the trouble does lie in the motor however, some of the ways that you can check:
1.) Everything on the device lines up with standard operation of playing records. (Switches are in their correct position, device is set for "phono", etc.)
2.) The band inside the device is operational.
3.) The device lags when it starts to spin the record.
4.) The turntable does not keep constant speed.
5.) The record sometimes spins faster than it should. There is a significance difference in sound.