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Turntable Dust Cover: Up Or Down

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by Nightwisher, Jul 6, 2016.

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Turntable Dust Cover Position?

  1. Up

  2. Down

  3. It Depends

  4. Don't Have One

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  1. olson_jr

    olson_jr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Funny, I was just looking at the crates of vinyls I still have in the basement so I guess that term would have to be reconverted.

    @Wildcat
     

     

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  2. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    ...or enough to fund an upgrade on the digital side if sold. ;)
     
  3. justjed2

    justjed2 Active Member

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    Depending on humidity and ambient dust levels, it's either down or off for me
     
  4. SpinninAgain

    SpinninAgain Member

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    Down on all three being used.
    Because they don't need up to play.
     
  5. timmy.timmy

    timmy.timmy Active Member

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    OFF !

    And hung on the wall close by. Since I have a dust cover again that is. Can't vote for the pole though... The last TT that had hinges where never screwed on.

    Now with my DIY solid wood plinth, I bought me one of these rather simple plexiglass sheet bent to rest on the platter and over the tonearm onto the plinth.

    This prevent the dust to cover the record matt while the TT is at rest and allows to hung over my en-lengthen tonearm both on the headshell side and on the counterweight.

    To my eyes they where always as ugly as the veggie box from the fridge and as a 45 swift swapper on a revolving platter they were always in the way even when sitting "up".
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2018
  6. restorer-john

    restorer-john Addicted Member

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    The other key thing to consider is whether your turntable is level with the lid up or down. Lids are quite heavy and when raised, lid mass is concentrated on the rear feet, when lowered, the mass is spread more evenly. If you level your deck with the lid up and play it with the lid down- it won't be level...
     
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  7. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Super Member

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    Off when playing. It transfers sound waves quite well to table.
     
  8. MCS3233

    MCS3233 New Member

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    My Pioneer cover is broken. THe Sony doesn't give you the option as it slides in and out of the unit.
     
  9. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

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    Up with the SL 1401, but the wacky SL QL1 linear tracker REFUSES to play unless the cover is down!! o_O:D
     
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  10. lbls1

    lbls1 Well-Known Member

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    Cover is up when I'm playing it, and down when its off. I want to see the action firsthand.
     
  11. SA-708

    SA-708 Appalachian-American Subscriber

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    Due to the cat, dust cover down
     

     

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  12. AubRock

    AubRock Active Member

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    I like it off when in use. Easier access to everything. Plus it changes the look of the table
     
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  13. dinger

    dinger New Member

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    Down. I did an experiment recording the TT output (stylus on groove - not spinning) while playing a CD track through speakers about 4 ft away and analyzing the waveform in my recording software. Got about 1.5 db less feedback with the cover down.
     
  14. SiliconTi

    SiliconTi AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Funny, on my B&O TT, I always close it, but on my Dual 2019 I keep it up.
     
  15. Aristophanes

    Aristophanes New Member

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    doesn't matter to me. i dust with the micro fiber before play.
     
  16. GregDunn

    GregDunn Active Member

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    I have the dust cover down because otherwise the CD player will slide off onto the floor.:rflmao:
     

     

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  17. UncleBingo

    UncleBingo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    "Round here we call that a "Dish-pan" ! : )
     
  18. Stanton681EEES

    Stanton681EEES Addicted Member

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    On my JVC QL Y66F I have to take it off do to where my turntables sits. Not enough space to install the cover in it's hinges. So I take it off.
     
  19. spicer

    spicer Super Member

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    My Dual 1245 has a tensioned hinged dust cover that allows it to stay in any position you leave it. Sometimes I close it... especially if others might be in the room where it might get 'bumped'... but other than that I leave it mostly open when using it because it looks kind of neat and I like to see it playing the record.
     
  20. Tedrick

    Tedrick Infinity-phile Subscriber

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    I voted "It depends." The dust covers on my VPI Aries and Classic are plinth-top models with no hinges, so they're off while playing a record and on for protection when not. The covers on my HW-19 and Kenwood KD-500 are hinged, so I leave'em up while in use.
     

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