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. Hyperion

    Hyperion Roobarb & Custard Subscriber

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    Always down when it is playing.
     
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  2. oldmanstan

    oldmanstan New Member

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    I take mine off. I like to watch the turntable go round and round in my lighted cabinet.
     
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  3. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    My current rig is sufficiently damped, and has enough mass, that I can leave it open during routine record playing. If I am doing needle drops or playing it loud, cover down. When the TT is off? Down. Serious dust problems here. And I don't need anything falling on it.

    I used to get some serious feedback when I had the turntable in my bedroom (as a teen) with the speakers along the opposite wall. Couldn't figure out why the sound got so muddy. Then I realized the dustcover was acting as a giant microphone and causing the feedback. Ever since, I used my TTs with the cover down. At least, until I got my current setup a couple of years ago.
     
  4. Poinzy

    Poinzy Super Member

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    I take mine off. When I'm using my turntable for archiving I have to have complete access to it.
     
  5. 91r100gs

    91r100gs Lunatic Member

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    My VPI has no dustcover, Just an old pillowcase.

    The Dual doesn't seem to make any difference. Sure is a nice place to sit a record to take a pic when it is up.
     
  6. techguy0192

    techguy0192 Well-Known Member

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    Always down when playing. Rega RP8.
     

     

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  7. evoroadster

    evoroadster AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Off or up, depending on which table.
     
  8. olson_jr

    olson_jr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Funny, first time I have ever seen a dust cover really come in handy was when the wind was blowing the stylus across some records at an outside party yesterday. And people wonder what I am a digital guy.
     

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  9. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Addicted Member

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    Funny that "off" isn't one of the poll options. Always off, for me.
     
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  10. BillJGW

    BillJGW Active Member

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    ^^^ This. I don't have a TT now but when I did I would have the dust cover on only when not using it. When in use, the dust cover came off so as not to collect any airborne vibrations (if in the up position) or possibly affect tracking force from static charge (if in the down position).
     
  11. Djcoolray

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    Off...

    No hinges either, but wouldn't vibrations from the motor be transferred to where the hinges are mounted and resonate up into the cover. Yes the manufacturer put a cover and hinges on it for customer satisfaction of some sort. But with the cover suspended by the hinges mounted adjacent to the motor, wouldn't that increase vibration to the frame transferred to the tonearm ??? Vibration muddles sound...

    Just.....off the top of my head !
     

     

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  12. HarmanKardon

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    What is a dust cover made for?

    Down.
     
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  13. Freds.Bands

    Freds.Bands Live Music Listener

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    It's either on the base or off the base - no hinges. So no vote.
     
  14. merlynski

    merlynski Curmudgeon Electronicist Subscriber

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    No hinges . . .
    I built a circuit to shut down the stereo when the turntable shut off, so cover is on when in Auto off mode, or off when playing in non-Auto mode.
     
  15. elcoholic

    elcoholic AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Off except for the plastic craptastic Technics SL-1950 in the bedroom which is used at low levels as we nod off to dreamland. Its usually up.
     
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  16. SteveA

    SteveA AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Don't really have an UP or DOWN, just an OFF and an ON. So I interpreted UP to also mean OFF
     

     

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  17. h2o4nyc

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  18. doctor fuse

    doctor fuse AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Just fixed the broken hinges on my Thorens 160 for the THIRD time. :confused:

    It looks so much better without a cover, but in my listening room, it really helps keep dust off the spinning record. So it's closed for me!
     
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  19. 91r100gs

    91r100gs Lunatic Member

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    ^^^^^^That is how I use the Dual. The dustcover does not resonate as it is away from the speakers. The VPI, what dustcover.
     
  20. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    That might fall under "extreme use case."
    Swing by one evening! If I can't convert ya, at least we'll have good tunes. ;)
     
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