from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A component of a record player that is attached to the end of a turntable arm. The cartridge is bolted to it.
- n. A component of a Sun server, used to connect a console between two Sun machines. It is made up of a DB-25 male connector with a normal Cat-5 ethernet cable connecting to another DB-25 male connector.
Everything I can think of in that part of the signal path: headshell clips (cartridge leads to tonearm wire) possibly poorly soldered, or themselves defective: tonearm wires distressed or defective: soldered connection between tonearm wires and RCAs.
Other features of the Gem Sound USB turntable include a pitch control slider (+/- 10%), reverse button, headshell locking nut, fully manual tone arm, motor off button, pause button, skip button, record volume function, and RCA jacks for analog output.
Fully manual tone arm: To start playback, gently place the stylus on the record using the headshell finger support
One, which I thought was a space invader, turns out to be a headshell (the needle that goes on a record); the other is a quote from a track by roots reggae kings Culture: "This Train Carries No Wrongdoers."
It also features a 33 and 45 rpm selector, needle (headshell and cartridge), and more.
The only problem is that there's no headshell or cartridge ... issues that can be solved without too much trouble (unless I decide I have to be all audiophile, in which case why would I settle for an Ion turntable?