Many users have reported that their JAM Audio Turntables have begun skipping, which can be frustrating as you cannot enjoy your music. The problem with turntables like these are that they do not offer much customization so you are limited to a few troubleshooting options.
4 Possible Reasons for JAM Audio Turntables Skipping & Solutions:
- The record is warped or damaged.
- The stylus is dirty or damaged.
- The tonearm is too light.
- The turntable is not properly grounded.
How to Fix JAM Audio Turntables Skipping Issues
Below I have broken down each of the issues above and provided some potential solutions.
1. The record is warped or damaged.
Warped records are the most common cause of skipping and is caused by the record being bent or bowed. This can happen if the record is stored improperly or if it was dropped.
There are a few ways to fix a warped record. It can often be fixed by simply placing the record on a flat surface and applying pressure to the edges.
If the warping is severe, you may need to purchase a record clamp or weight to keep the record flat on the platter.
Damaged records can often be fixed by gently sanding down the damaged area with fine-grit sandpaper. I know this might sound crazy, but hear me out:
- With clean hands gently sand down the damaged area with fine-grit sandpaper. I recommend using 1200 grit sandpaper for best results.
- Next, under a strong light, carefully inspect the playing surface for any remaining scratches.
- If you find any, gently sand them away until they are no longer visible or palpable.
- Finally, wash the record again to remove any debris from the sanding process.
2. The stylus is dirty or damaged.
A dirty or damaged stylus will cause skipping because the needle is not able to make proper contact with the record grooves. This can be caused by dust, dirt, or even fingerprints on the needle.
The best way to clean your stylus is with a soft, dry cloth. Gently wipe the needle from front to back and avoid touching the tip.
If the stylus is damaged, however, it will need to be replaced. I highly recommend buying a pack of 4 Ruby Record Player Needles, so you have some in reserve just in case.
3. The tonearm is too light.
If you're having trouble with your records skipping, it might be due to the weight of your tone arm. A counterweight for the tone arm is necessary to play heavier records, as the extra weight helps to keep the needle in place. If your tone arm is too light, the bass frequencies will cause it to skip.
To fix this, simply add a counterweight to the tonearm. This will help to keep the needle in place, and you'll be able to enjoy your records without any skipping.
4. The turntable is not properly grounded.
The JAM Audio Turntables is skipping because it is not properly grounded.
Skipping can also be caused by the turntable being improperly grounded. If your turntable is not properly grounded, you may experience a “hum” or other interference in the audio signal.
To fix this, simply check that the ground wire from the turntable is securely connected to a grounding point, such as a metal pipe or the bare metal of a component shelf.