Intro To Home Audio (Basics) - Part 3
This is the last part of a 3 article series 'Intro to Home Audio (Basics)'
feel free to read part 1, or part
2 of this series
How to Weight the Tone Arm on Your Record Player or Turntable
Ever wonder what how to properly balance that weight at the end
of the tone arm on your turntable/record player. well all you have
to do is balance the arm perfectly with no downwards or upwards
pressure now in front of the weight there should be a dial that
rotates without rotating the weight itself, reset it to zero, now
turn both the weight and the dial between 2 and 3.5 depending on
the recommendation from the manufacturer of the cartridge you are
using.(I usually weight mine to a little over 2 for listening and
closer to 3 for spinning records as a DJ to prevent skipping during
back slipping or cuing of the record).
If your turntable or record player has an anti-skating dial this
can be adjusted with the aid of a blank sided record. Just put on
the blank record and adjust the dial until the tone arm does not
have a tendency to swing toward the beginning or the end of the
blank sided record.
Replacing an Old or Blown Speaker
If you are using a set of older large home stereo speakers and
notice a crunchy sound giving you an undesirable quality, than it
is possible that one of the speakers within the speaker box is blown,
or that the cone has been torn or deteriorated over time. If you
own a very high end system you may want to get the speaker itself
repaired this is a process where they can replace the cone voice
coil or any part of the speaker itself or if its just a moderate
quality speaker and you are a capable DIY type person than you should
have no problem soldering in a replacement speaker.
To replace a speaker remove the dust cover on the speaker box determine
which speaker is blown and buy a replacement, now unscrew the old
one( the screws may be hiding behind a rubber/foam strip around
the outer circumference of the old speaker. Once you have the speaker
out there should be 1 two wire cable hooking to both the positive
and negative of the speaker itself, now cut, strip and re-solder
the new speaker in its place (apply acoustical caulking, if you
want) place and screw the speaker back into place, and apply the
acoustical foam around the circumference if desired as well. Now
your speaker should be sounding considerably better than it before
and you can enjoy your favorite tunes in full clarity.