The belt should be relatively loose. This helps to (a) prevent motor noise from creeping into your music and (b) maintain excellent speed consistency. Please review our belt installation guide and contact us if you are having any trouble.
Make sure that all of your RCA interconnects are firmly connected at both ends.
Do you have a phono preamp? Are you connecting your turntable to a dedicated PHONO input on your receiver? If you answered “no” to both of these questions, then you will need a phono preamp to convert the turntable's “phono” signal to a line level (i.e. AUX) signal. If you haven’t seen it already, you might find our brief stereo setup guide helpful.
Your belt is probably stretched or worn out. Please contact us with your serial number (on the bottom of your turntable) and preferred shipping address for a replacement belt. Belts are covered under 2-year warranty.
Make sure you are only using one phono preamp. If your turntable has a built-in phono preamp enabled, then do not connect to the PHONO input on your receiver or powered speakers (some powered speakers have phono preamps - Klipsch and Kanto are two common brands that do this). Passing the signal through two phono preamps will result in severe distortion. You can also disable the turntable's built-in preamp if you want to connect to the PHONO input on your receiver or speakers.
If you are only using one preamp and still get severe distortion, then your stylus might be damaged. Please send us a photo of your stylus and we will help out.
Hum is often due to something environmental (e.g. EMI/RFI) or setup/connection-related.
Try connecting the turntable's power adapter to a different wall outlet. We strongly recommend connecting directly to the outlet (avoiding surge protectors, power strips, and even power conditioners).
Electronic devices, light dimmers, fluorescent lamps, TVs, and anything with a wireless transmitter (or anything that shares a common ground with your turntable) can contribute to hum. Try completely unplugging nearby electronics/appliances (so that they are receiving no power whatsoever) or try moving your setup to a different location in your home.
If you have an extra pair of RCA interconnects available, try connecting these to your turntable. It is not uncommon for some noise to enter the signal path via the RCAs.
If you are still having trouble, please contact us!
and let us know what troubleshooting steps you have already tried.
Is this problem occurring across all your records? Damaged, dirty, or defective vinyl often leads to excessive surface noise.
Are you regularly cleaning your records with a record brush? Dust and debris can quickly accumulate in record grooves. New records are not always clean! In fact, there is often a ton of debris on new vinyl. Make sure you use a record brush before you put the needle down on a new record.
Make sure that there is no dust or debris on your stylus. You can learn more about cleaning your stylus here.
When a cartridge is brand new, the stylus suspension can be a bit stiff. This can lead to amplified surface noise and slightly "harsh" sound. If your stylus is still new, give it 15-20 hours to fully break-in. Surface noise will usually decrease during the break-in period.