Turntable Newbie - High Distortion Issue
Long time lurker on the forum... I've recently purchased my first turntable, a brand new Pro-Ject DC Esprit SB w/ Ortofon 2M red cartridge and acrylic platter with a brand new Mies p50 phono stage preamp. When playing a record the sound seems that it is clipping and sounds like a very high distortion.
My setup is a bit weird:
Main Room/HT Setup: Marantz AV7705 Preamp, NuPrime-X MCX-4 Power amp, AppleTV 4K, Artcoustic SL 40/30 4-2 Speakers, SVS PB-3000 Subwoofer,and a Sony 77A9G TV (a 3.1 setup)
Second Room: Pro-Ject Turntable, Mies P50 Phono preamp, NuPrime-X MCX-4 Power amp, and Artcoustic Diablo speakers (a 2.0 setup)
The speakers in the second room are powered from the main room one of MCX-4 power amps through a speaker distribution and the signal from the TT/Mies is sent to the AV7705 (CD input) through a Denon Pro Wireless RCA transmitter/Receiver (I know for the purists I'm converting Anolog to Digital and back, which is a big no-no, but please ignore that for now)
So when I play a record the sound seems as if the signal coming from the TT and into the P50 is "Hot" and causing distortion. I've tried an ART DJPre II phono preamp and even if I set the gain control to the lowest setting the clipping light is solid red. I've also tried adding an RCA volume attenuator and still same issue. I've also tried connecting the TT directly to the RCA matrix and into the AV7705 phono input and still get the same issue and even with setting the Denon transmitted to its lowest gain/volume setting However if I connect just the TT into the AV7705 phono input everything sounds fine and also if I plug any of the phono preamps directly into the AV7705 CD input and use them as an outboard phono stage everything sounds fine.
I've checked the TT setup and used a digital scale as well, the records I'm using are all brand new and sealed. I've also tried cleaning them with a carbon brush and the stylus with a stylus brush and still get the same issue. I've tried different RCA cables as well and still same issue.
I've checked and know that my TT doesn't have an onboard phono preamp. So I'm not sure what is going on... Basically what I'm understanding that the TT is somehow sending a "loud" signal.
Sorry for the long message... l really would appreciate it if someone can shed some light on this issue. Thanks for listening