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    Another silly question

    Just looking for a few opinions. The U-Turn table comes with a dust cover which obviously I will use when the table is not spinning records. Is there an advantage in taking the dust cover off when playing records? Does it hurt the performance and sound quality leaving the cover on or taking it off. Is there any reason to remove the cover when using the table.

    I know silly question, but I was wondering if any of you vinyl fanatics have any opinions on this?

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    Re: Another silly question

    I remember when i had a turntable.
    yes, there was a difference.
    Better without the dust cover.
    But try for yourself!

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    Re: Another silly question

    I have to remove mine on my Rega because it is on a bottom shelf not allowing it too stay up. Never really A_B'd it tho.
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    Re: Another silly question

    There are several possibilities why it could sound better without the dust cover in place... when closed it creates an enclosed cavity which can resonate, spinning vinyl with stylus tracking creates static electricity which can be exacerbated by the acrylic dust cover which can affect tracking, etc. I'd suggest trying it both ways to determine which sounds best to you. Keeping it on can help keep the records cleaner during playback.

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    Re: Another silly question

    Thank you for the input.

    Some good points that I did not think about. Sounds like it will probably be better playing with the dust cover removed and then replace the cover to protect the table when not in use!
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    Re: Another silly question

    With my new table I will have a separate acrylic dust cover, which can be put over the entire system. When playing it will always be removed to avoid resonances.


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    Re: Another silly question

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    With my new table I will have a separate acrylic dust cover, which can be put over the entire system. When playing it will always be removed to avoid resonances.
    ditto for me (VPI Aies III)

    years ago when I had my Kenwood KD-500 (I miss that table) with pivoting dust cover, I couldn't detect a difference.
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: Another silly question

    Agh, high end audio, you gotta love it.

    I did not use the dust cover on the U Turn and Kuzma doesn’t have one with it, maybe as an option but don’t know.

    The resonance factor I never knew to be aware, and guess it makes sense.

    I’m gonna run without it, it’s up high enough where I don’t bend changing albums and nothing around it will hit it.

    Now drinking bourbon with poor near vision when playing it has a higher risk factor than dust - I’ve had a couple of close calls and now more aware.

    I’ll continue to ensure my stylus is clean, records brushed before and after use and periodically washed.

    Long live the turn table!


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    Re: Another silly question

    As others have mentioned you really need to A/B it on your system. I found no difference on my system but on my friends system he removes his cover when playing and it makes a difference.


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    Re: Another silly question

    I decided to take the cover off when spinning a record and put it on to protect when not in use. I believe there might be a subtle difference and even if there is a chance of resonance, static, etc., then it is worth taking off. The way I am currently figuring it there must be a reason that most of the high end tables I see do not come with a dust cover on when playing.
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