Installing a phono cartridge and wiring it up correctly can be a hassle, but with a little preparation and the right way, it can be done easily. In this KGR post, Team takes you through the steps about how to mount phono cartridge correctly.

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Process Of Screwing Phono Cartridge On ToneArm

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The process of attaching a phono cartridge to an arm is a precise and delicate task that requires great care and attention to detail. If done correctly, it will ensure that the phono cartridge is properly secured and aligned, resulting in optimal sound quality.

When installing a new phonograph cartridge, it is important to follow the proper wiring procedure in order to avoid damage to your audio equipment. If you need help with how to wire a phono cartridge, consult your turntable’s manual or a professional for assistance.

The vast majority of cartridges come with 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) of space between the mounting holes. You can use screws and nuts to mount your phono cartridge onto the arm. Simply thread the screws through the slots in the headshell. The next step is to wire the phono cartridge.

Process Of Wiring Phono Cartridge (Fit Four Colored Wires)

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  • First, remove the stylus guard by sliding it on and off simply on the cartridge (If the cartridge is covered with it)
  • Now after screwing a cartridge on the arm, it’s time to wire the four colored wires to your turntable phono cartridge pins.
  • Both phono cartridge pins and wires were equally same color-coded
  • Just match the color code of the wires and attach them together.

Color Code For Phono Cartridge Wiring

Team Jejupro can help you, so don’t worry! We’ll show you how to check the color code of your phono cartridge while wiring it.

  • Red Pin > Right channel pos. [R+]
  • Green Pin > Right channel return [R-]
  • Blue Pin > Left channel return [L-]
  • White Pin > Left channel positive [L+]

 Color Code For Phono Cartridge Wiring

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How Phono Cartridge Work?

A phono cartridge that includes a needle (stylus) and is mounted at the end of the turntable is used to read the modulations in a record’s groove and transmit them as a form of information (via electric current). This information is then amplified through the turntable setup and played back through your speakers.

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How To Disconnect Wire From Phono Cartridge

When disconnecting a wire from a cartridge, it is recommended to use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the phono cartridge in place. Once the screws are removed, the cartridge can be taken out. If twisting the wire around the cartridge until it comes loose, be careful not to damage the wire or cartridge in the process.

Tips For Connecting And Disconnecting Wires From Phono Cartridge

When connecting or disconnecting wires from the phono cartridge, take care to avoid damage to the connections. Firmly grip the wire and pull it straight out from the connection. To avoid damaging the wires, use a gentle twisting motion if necessary. If your cartridge is held in place by screws, you will need to unscrew them and disconnect the wires. If your cartridge is held in place by clips, you will need to clip the wires out of the way.

Benefits Of Wiring Cartridge To Headshell?

Benefits of wiring phono cartridge

There are several benefits to wiring a cartridge to a headshell.

  • Firstly, it provides better sound quality as the connection between the cartridge and headshell is explicitly designed for optimal audio transmission.
  • Secondly, it makes the installation process much easier as you no longer have to connect the cartridge wires to the headshell manually - the cartridge and headshell manufacturers have done that for you. 
  • Lastly, it ensures a more secure connection between the cartridge and the headshell.

How To Install/Remove Stylus Guard From Phono Cartridge?

The stylus guard on the cartridge protects against damage and accidents. Be sure to remove the stylus guard when your turntable is in use. Here, TeamJejupro will show you how to install and remove the stylus guard on the cartridge.

  • You simply have to slide the stylus guard ON/Off without touching the needle.
  • Some cartridge stylus guards have clips that you hold down at the back, and these types of cartridges are like Ortofon 2m Red.

In A Nutshell - How To Mount Phono Cartridge

Now that you have followed our steps for installing and wiring a phono cartridge, the record player cartridge is mounted, and you are ready to enjoy your vinyl records.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all cartridges fit all turntables?

Only I can say, as it depends on the make and model of your turntable; however, most cartridge brands should fit onto most turntables, with a few exceptions, so If you’re not sure whether a particular cartridge will work with your specific turntable, it’s best to contact the manufacturer, retailer for advice or turntable expert.

Where to fit turntable cartridge

There are a few factors to consider when choosing where to fit your turntable cartridge. The first is the turntable type, as if you have a traditional record player, then you will need to fit the cartridge in the tonearm. The second consideration is how much space you have available on your turntable platter and arm. Most cartridges range in size from 3 inches by 2 inches up to 6 inches by 4 inches, so it’s important that they fit without taking up too much room or interfering with other components on your machine.

Changing a phono cartridge or stylus?

If you are experiencing problems with your turntable, it is likely that the cartridge or stylus needs to be replaced. Cartridges and styli can wear out over time, and if they are not replaced when this happens, the sound quality will suffer. Here are some tips on how to change a phono cartridge or stylus: So the task is relatively easy if you know how to change a phono cartridge or stylus. Here are the steps:

Locate and remove your old cartridge/stylus assembly (or just replace it if it’s broken). Be sure to disconnect all cables before doing so in order to avoid any potential damage. Inspect the old cartridge for damage and replace anything that is broken or worn out. It is also recommended that you clean any dust off of the contacts inside of the cartridge before replacing it.

Talha Anjum
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