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AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable - Setup and Installation

AKAI has been around since the dawn of consumer electronics. Today we test out their new ATT023U USB turntable for continuing vinyl record lovers.

| Editorials in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 9, 2009 3:57 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: AKAI

Setup and Installation

 

Once everything is unpacked and ready to go, it's a pretty simple task to set the whole thing up and get it going.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

However, if you're not familiar with turntables please read on to make sure that it gets setup correctly. Unfortunately the manual does not provide nearly enough information and leaves out completely any information regarding the belt drive system used. Also not explained is how to connect it, which is truly bizarre.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

The first thing that must be done is to turn the platter (steel plate) upside down and locate the belt stretched around the circumference of the inner ring of the platter. Now place it down on the base unit and lock it into place by pushing down until it's down all the way and is flat.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

Now, the platter has service holes cut into it, so spin the platter until you can look straight through and see the little copper post looking back at you.

 

Now, feel around and grab that belt mentioned before and stretch it out onto and around the copper post located beneath, just like a simple pulley setup.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

The drive system is now ready to go. Place the slip mat down onto the platter and it's time to move across to the tone arm.

 

There are two jobs here. Firstly, we need to connect the stylus to the front of the tone arm; this is done (carefully) using the clamp on the arm to fasten the stylus in place (once it's lined up with the four locators).

 

Finally, there is also a dust cover for the needle; make sure to slip it off before use.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

The second job here is to fasten the counterweight to the other end of the tone arm where the stylus was connected. The counterweight slips over the end of the poll and can be slid up and down to provide the adequate amount of weight to the needle on the stylus.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

Okay then, now that's all done it's time to find an empty power outlet, plug it in and then find the device from which you will be listening back (ie. An amp, PC, etc.). Then use the supplied cable from the turntables right and left to the inputs of your device.

 

AKAI ATT023U USB Turntable

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

That's the basic setup for playback. For recording there are naturally going to be other steps, but I will cover those a little later.

 

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