Turntable Earthing Advice

Why does my hi-fi system generate a hum?

Though vinyl is one of our most cherished and enjoyed music formats, the equipment used to playback records can be - by its very nature - susceptible to certain environmental problems that can disrupt your experience. One of the most common issues reported to us is "mains hum", and though this can be a problem it is almost always down to the lack of a 'true' earth point in your hi-fi system.

All turntables are prone to attract some level of noise, however, most good players are engineered to reduce this tendency as much as possible - so you often only hear it with the amplifier volume on maximum and no record playing. When there is a noise that's audible during normal playback it is often due to poor grounding (even with the supplied ground lead linking the turntable to your phono stage/amplifier), and the problem is typically environmental.

How do I fix turntable hum issues?

To resolve an issue with earth hum, you simply need to connect your hi-fi system to an electrical ground point. To do this, take an additional ground lead, connect one end to the junction box on the back of your turntable and the other to a 'true' earth point. Within a hi-fi system, this could be by linking your turntable directly to the amplifier, or outside of the system it could mean linking to a nearby radiator or the metal earth terminal on a UK mains plug. As soon as you are able to electrically join the problematic components in your system and route them to ground, there should no longer be an electrical imbalance and the noise will go away. 

The below tools will help you eliminate grounding issues in a hi-fi system featuring a Pro-Ject turntable:

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Earth Lead 9120071652371

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You can learn more about the intricacies of turntable grounding and potential issues by reading this document produced by Pro-Ject Audio Systems