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Question regarding intermittent, loud pop when playing records
Finally got my vinyl set up again after a few years of being dormant, and I just have a question regarding the potential issue outline in the subject line. It's not a barely audible pop, either - it's loud enough to be startling. I don't recall this being a thing the last time I had my record player hooked up, but I also had it hooked up to a little Rolls VP29 pre-amp because my receiver at the time didn't have a proper phono connection. It's not happening at any specific intervals. The concern is more that this pop will cause irreparable damage to my speakers if I don't figure out how to stop it from happening.
I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what it might be. Could it just be crud in the record? A grounding issue between the record player and the amp? The amp itself? The cartridge? Is it just a build up of static?
The only things I have done to troubleshoot is swap out the RCA cable with another, and I've also been cleaning each record as best as I can with some distilled water and a brush prior to playing the record, but I am unsure as to how well the cleaning has been done. A few things I am going to try when it's not as late as it is right now is try plugging the amp, and record player directly to the wall (they're both connected to a sort-of power bar right now), and if there isn't any issues with doing this, I will try routing my record player through the Rolls pre-amp I have, and connecting that to one of the other RCA audio in slots on the amp (or even the amp's phono slot if there is not foreseeable problem doing that, either).
I'm a novice when it comes to this stuff, so any advice is greatly appreciated, and I am willing to try anything in order to resolve this possible problem.
Equipment currently being used is a Stanton T.62 (with its stock cartridge) connected to a Cambridge Audio AXR100 amplifier.
As an added note, there's no popping whatsoever when streaming music from either my phone/computer or playing CDs. This only occurs while playing vinyl, and so I believe I can rule out the actual speaker connections?
Thanks in advance!
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