Technics SL1400

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by John T, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. John T

    John T Member Thread Starter

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    I purchased an AT 440MLa cartridge to go with my SL 1400 turntable. Paired it with an Emotiva XPS-1 pre amp and running it through my Yamaha Aventage RX 3050. I am running through Audio 2 channel not the phono jack. Before I bought the XPS-1 I tried to just run the set up through the phono input. The sound was extremely muffled and no power at all, no highs. So I bought the XPS-1 set both left and right to MM and 47 ohm resistance. Still not happy with the muffled sound. The Yamaha suggests using Pure Direct setting, which I did. Still not good. Does anyone have any suggestions to improve the sound. All plug ins and hook ups have been double and triple checked. I am frustrated and willing to try anything to get what I expected with this set up. Please help if you can. Thank you, John
     
  2. boyhitscar

    boyhitscar Member

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    [QUOTE="John T, post: 24352276, member: 77388" All plug ins and hook ups have been double and triple checked.[/QUOTE]

    you sure the stylus is properly inserted into the cart? and the cart properly connected to arm?
     
  3. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

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    What cart did you have before on the SL1400 and how did it sound and how was it connected?
     
  4. John T

    John T Member Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your help. I will try your suggestion tonight. I bought the turn table from a friend and it worked fine for him. The first thing I did was upgrade the cartridge. I don’t have the old cartridge to reinstall it (my fault) to try but I am going to try my brother in laws cartridge to see if there is a difference. I am open to all suggestions. Thank you guys, I will try your suggestions. John
     
  5. John T

    John T Member Thread Starter

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    To boyhitscar, I pulled everything apart gently brushed it and re-assembled it with no changes. The cartridge and needle are brand new (well out of warranty now). Next step is to try a different cartridge. I looked at the needle under high magnification and it looked good, no chips.
     
  6. John T

    John T Member Thread Starter

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  7. John T

    John T Member Thread Starter

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    Well, I changed out the cartridge and no difference. I am truly stumped. I have a post on the Yamaha site also, thinking it might be a setting on the receiver. We will see. Frustration is setting in.
     

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