If your Pro-Ject turntable is buzzing, I understand how annoying that can be. Thanks to a friend I recently had the chance to check out the awesome Pro-Ject The Beatles SGT. Pepper Essential III, Special Edition Turntable which is one of the most stylish turntables that I have ever seen!
Seriously, these limited-edition Beatles themed turntables are very, very tempting! Anyway, there was a slight buzzing sound when I was using this which made me decide to write this article today to help you guys out having the same issue. We have many Pro-Ject turntable reviews here on the site by the way so be sure to check them out.
Style With Substance
Before we look into what can cause your Pro-Ject turntable buzzing or humming, I just want to take a moment to give Pro-Ject turntables a bit of special attention. These guys make some of the most stylish turntables you will ever see.
Their Pro-Ject VT-E R (OM5e) – Black Vertical Turntable looks like some kind of film-noir movie projector.
They have a series of awesome Beatles that I would love to add to my own personal collection at some point. Even their turntables that are more “normal” looking such as this Pro-Ject Debut Recordmaster Walnut Turntable have a style and elegance that is just so cool. So, while they may be usually on the more expensive side of things, I think that a Pro-Ject turntable is ideal if you want something that looks cool as well as sounds cool.
Taking It To The Ground!
If your Pro-Ject turntable is buzzing the first culprit that we are going to point the finger at is the way it is grounded. On Pro-Ject record players, in my experience, if they have a grounding pin, it is going to be located between the two RCA ports on the back (or perhaps side) of the actual turntable. I am sure some people will just use a standard set of RCA cables and not have any issue at all. However, there can be a bit of “noise” as a result of your turntable not be grounded properly.
You can buy a set of RCA cables like this 1STec 3m Vinyl Player Cable with Twin Red & White Molded RCA Plugs which can make your life so much easier. Or, if you already have a ton of RCA cables (I legit must have over 50 in my house) you can buy an independent ground wire such as this Phonograph Turntable Ground Wire one here.
Take A Look At Your Cartridge
If you are using the cartridge that came with your Pro-Ject Turntable this one here may be unlikely as Pro-Ject usually have very high-quality control and the cartridges they use are of a decent quality. However, we have done a ton of cartridge reviews and I know that many people like to buy their own cartridge and use that. No matter if you are using the stock cartridge or if you have purchased a new one. It is worth checking that it is 100 percent plugged in properly. If it is not, it could still technically “work”, but it may not be shielded properly due to not being plugged in all the way. This is probably unlikely, but it is worth checking out in my opinion.
Starting From Scratch
You know when you ring somewhere or even when you look online for some kind of tech support and the first thing, they tell you to do is unplug it and then plug it back in? Well, that is exactly what I am going to do here. Remember when we were talking about those awesome Pro-Ject Beatles Turntables before? That was what made me decide to write this article. I was messing around with my friends as his had a buzzing that was very annoying.
I actually took around my Beatles 1 vinyl record to listen to on this bad boy so I was very excited to check it out. Before we started freaking out, the first thing that we did was unplug everything that was connected to the turntable and then firmly plug it back in, making sure that the connections were solid. We did this and BAM, it worked like a charm and there was no more buzzing. Clearly, when my friend set it up, he did not plug something in properly and that was what was causing the issue.
It Was You All Along
We have looked at many ways to fix various turntable issues that you may be behaving. However, sometimes it is just down to being unlucky in where you decided to put your turntable. It could be another device be it a game console, a Blu-Ray speaker, heck it may even be that it is far too close to your receiver or preamp. Do not get me wrong, this is unlikely. However, moving your turntable to another part of the room or a different room entirely and seeing if the buzzing is still there is worth doing and if you do and the buzzing is gone, you can then start the process of trying to narrow down what the heck is causing the buzzing! Sometimes just getting longer cables so that you can have your turntable a little bit more isolated from your other equipment can make a huge difference.
Hopefully one of these tips is going to be just what you need if your Pro-Ject turntable is buzzing. Pro-Ject is a company that I really like and in our turntable reviews section, we have looked at more than a few of them so be sure to have a good look. Getting the sound just right is very important when you are listening to vinyl and due to the “analog” nature of it all, interference such as buzzing or humming can sometimes be an issue. While it can be annoying, at the end of the day, rolling up your sleeves and getting it working right can be a lot of fun too.
We hope this article has been useful in helping you with some possible solutions around your buzzing Pro-Ject turntable. You may also like to look at how to improve your fuzzy sounding record player and 3 steps to fix your slow spinning record player.