Created: January 6, 2023

When I connect the speakers to the turntable audiotechnica LP120USB with the RCA chords no sound transfers

Last Edit: February 4, 2023
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Mykola Diakun
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Customer Reply
Hi! *****
Mykola Diakun
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Nice to meet you, *****!
How can I help you?
Customer Reply
Hi. I have just bought the audio technica LP120USB turntable and the audio engine A2+ speakers as a setup. The turntable is set up and working and the speakers work well when I connect them to my Bluetooth. They’re wired properly and both play without any difficulties. When I connect the speakers to the turntable with the RCA chords however no sound transfers and there is static noise. What should I do?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Allow me a few minutes, please, I'll check what is this issue can be caused by
Customer Reply
Thanks
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Thank you
Can you connect speakers to the turntable at least in any way, except for RCA chords?
Customer Reply
No I wish
and I bought new RCA chords to see if the initial ones were faulty and I have the same issue
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
I see, allow me a minute, please
*****, could you please tell me, are you using the RCA chords that came with the device?
Customer Reply
yes
and I also tried new ones as well
same issue with both
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
I see, have you checked the output for any damages?
Customer Reply
yes. It’s all brand new
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Since you've tried different cables, I think the issue might be with the turntable.
Customer Reply
hmm possibly. But the RCA cables fit very loosely into the RCA inputs in the speakers
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
I meant the L and R outputs, can you please check then?
Customer Reply
its as though they’re not really plugged in very well
i can’t notice any damage
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Got you, *****. It is possible that the outputs are faulty, happens quite often with such devices.
When connected via Bluetooth, it works just fine?
Customer Reply
Oh really. So I should maybe take the speakers back
yes Bluetooth works well
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Ok, got it. One moment, there's one thing I think we should check.
Customer Reply
Cool
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Okay, can you please tell me if you tried connecting the device to your computer?
Customer Reply
i have not tried
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
I'd like to check whether it's faulty when there's a connection via cable.
Do you have such an option?
Customer Reply
yes I do
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Let's try the turntable first.
Customer Reply
Okay thanks give me a minute
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Sure!
As you mentioned, the cables are not fitted a bit loosely, so there could be an issue with the turntable not being compatible with this set of speakers.
We'll connect the turntable to the computer first, and then the speakers. If both devices work properly, the possibility is high that they are simply not compatible with each other, but we'll see.
Customer Reply
hmm I’m not sure how to get it playing on my computer but the input USB option is coming up
so I guess it means it’s registering a connection ?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Got you, one moment. Did you hear a noise when inserting the USB cable into the computer?
Customer Reply
No
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Noted.
Customer Reply
But my music software logic pro registered the audio interface
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Understood.
Can you please tell me whether your turntable is plugged into the power socket?
Customer Reply
oh so it does work in my laptop
Turntable is on and working I just can’t connect to speakers
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Good to know! Now the big moment is trying the speakers :)
Customer Reply
haha okay here we go
do you want me to plug them into computer too?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Yes, please. And try playing some music, just to see if they're working properly.
Customer Reply
Okay
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Let me know how it goes.
Customer Reply
yes it works
but that was not using RCA
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
No static noise, right?
Customer Reply
no static noise
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Got you, could you try using the RCA cables?
Customer Reply
This sounds stupid sorry but can’t plug them into my laptop though
so don’t get what you mean
do you mean try again with RCA to turntable ?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
No worries!
Is this what your RCA cables looks like?
Expert uploaded: Image.png
Customer Reply
No I’ll send pic
Visitor uploaded: Image.png
It’s male to male
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Awesome, thank you
Customer Reply
No worriesb
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Just verifying, the speakers are - Audioengine A2+ BT ?
Customer Reply
yes
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Thank you, one moment.
Customer Reply
Thank you. This is an unbelievable service
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Very happy to help :)
Ok, *****, thank you for waiting. Just checked, the speakers are compatible with the turntable, so I'm afraid this issue is definitely related to something else other than incorrect setup :(
Customer Reply
Okay thanks. Any idea of what that could be ?
Faulty input jack or something ?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
There's an option to try and connect the speakers to the computer, but you need a special adapter for that. If you bought them at the store, you can ask the sellers to check it.
Customer Reply
I can already connect the speakers to the computer though
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
I mean using the cable connection, sorry.
Customer Reply
all good okay that’s helpful. So I could possible connect turntable to speakers without RCA chords ?
Could use the USB chord from the turntable and buy an adapter to connect the USB to the different computer input in the speaker ?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Wish I could be a little more confident when telling you what the issue could be, but since I can't inspect the devices myself, I can only assume the issue is with the inputs, yes.
We'd have to try and connect the speakers using a cable to know for sure, whether we can blame the issue on the turntable or the speakers.
Customer Reply
No that’s completely understandable, hard for you to know what’s up just by me trying to explain. So what exactly would you do from here?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Thank you for your understanding, *****! To be fair, I don't see any use in buying an adapter just to check whether the speakers work or not. However, if you have the opportunity to take the speakers to the shop you got them from, they would definitely have this cable and would be able to connect the speakers to one of the computers using it and check for any issues.
Customer Reply
Okay thank you. How would connecting to the computer troubleshoot for issues though if I can already connect to my computer with no issues? I’m just taking a guess here I don’t know what I’m talking about but wouldn’t inspecting the RCA inputs / connection be beneficial?
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
It's refreshing having a customer be so curious about the reason :) Sure, I can see why it can be confusing. However, the Bluetooth connection is a bit different compared to the wired connection, a lot more faulty and many factors could be at play here.
Also, your suggestion to check the RCA inputs is also very good, since the cables fit loosely.
Customer Reply
Haha thanks, I am curious !
did I mention that the speakers work when plugged into my computer
as well as connected to my iPhone via Bluetooth
but when I plug it into my computer I am using a different cord/ the old iPhone headphone Jack type of cord (the rounder one)
so that works, but it isn’t using RCA connection
so if speakers work with Bluetooth and cord connection to computer, seems as though the only time it isn’t working is RCA cable to turntable
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Right, the difference in cables could play a part, you never really know when it comes to devices like these.
Customer Reply
okay, thank you for your help, you’ve been very generous with your time and knowledge ! I will contact store provider
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Very happy to help, it's been a pleasure chatting with you :) Really hope you'll get this sorted out as soon as possible.
In the meantime, you're welcome to come back in the chat any time, we're available 24/7.
Customer Reply
thanks, have a good one !
Mykola Diakun
Mykola Diakun Tech Expert & Writer
Thank you, as well :) Have a great rest of your day!

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