I’m struggling to identify and thus rectify a low, almost constant rumbling when playing vinyl.
I’ve not noticed this prior to a recent house move, so I’m speculating as to what has caused this significant deterioration when playing records.
I’ve tried moving my phono stage (Vertete Phono 1) away from the deck itself, but this has made zero difference. I’m wondering whether the arm or tracking has gone awry in the move (nothing visibly has changed and it was securely transferred to the new house).
The only other substantive difference from previous house system is that I have added an AV amp to my set up, the pre outs from the Denon go into one of the Nova’s analogue inputs - but this can’t effect the vinyl playback can it?
I’ve unplugged the AV amp from the Nova, but nothing is discernibly different.
With certain records the “low rumbling” for want of a more accurate term is less pronounced which leads me to think it’s a pressing issue, which itself is a variable ever present.
So maybe it’s something that’s been there before and it’s only now in a new room with its own distinctive acoustics that I’m noticing it or maybe that’s not the case and it’s something else I can’t fathom just yet.
Which then leads to the question, what floor construction does the new room have? And in searching for a cure is there a solid, as opposed to plasterboard, wall you can put a shelf on. The deck doesn’t seem to be as isolated as it needs to be at the moment. It’s not out of control feedback but something’s getting through. Turning the sub off might be a good start but is just dodging the issue. Another thing to try is unloading the vinyl from the kallax which might move the resonance up in frequency to where the isolation in the deck can work, or not. I’t very much trial and error.
The headphone test would have given a useful input either way.
That’s good the hum has gone. Normally in a Naim system, there is one connection point between signal ground and mains earth. Usually in the Naim source component (tuners aside). If you have another item connected that also does this you can get an earth loop and a hum can result. The ground switch on the Nova allows you to lift the signal ground / mains earth connection and break the loop (floating position). I note that your Vertere phono stage has a ground switch with 3 positions (hard, soft, lift) so this may be the other item providing this signal ground / mains earth connection depending on the switch position.
I find it best to set the ground switch position by ear. In many systems it seems to make no difference even when you set the switch to the ‘wrong’ position. In other systems the difference is obvious, as you have discovered.
I’m now not too sure if the issue is grounding. There is an excessive unpleasant sound, extremely pronounced during quieter sections of music. A noise repetition which corresponds with the rotation of the record, the sound is best described as high level surface noise, but way beyond what I’ve heard before.
Almost sounds like a thump each time the record makes a rotation, the speaker mid range driver visibly moving in synch with the rumbling.
I tried various grounding permutations between the Nova and the Vertere phono stage. I also plugged the Vertere into the wall socket instead of a surge protector, but to no avail.