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Owner’s manual
Dear Customer,
Quality has always been our driving force and founding
Argon Audio is a natural extension of this philosophy.
We have 20 years’ experience in creating and specifying
high quality products, manufacturing them and selling them
on to end users with Value-for-Money as the primary aim.
And Argon Audio is a brand fully compliant with these
Design, features and quality standards are all specified in
Denmark and manufacturing takes place in the Far East,
where quality vendors are highly competitive - and as a
result supply outstanding Value-for-Money products
– to the delight of both ourselves and our customers!
Thank you for choosing Argon Audio TT-2 Turntable, we
hope it will bring you many years of enjoyment.
Please read this manual fully before unpacking and
installing the product.
Maintenance and cleaning
Your record player requires little or no regular maintenance.
Remove dust with a slightly moistened antistatic cloth.
Never use a dry cloth because this will create static
electricity which attracts more dust! Antistatic cleaning fluids
are available at specialist stores but must be applied
sparingly to avoid damage to rubber parts. It is
recommended to fit the needle cover before cleaning or
maintenance is carried out to avoid damage.
If the player is not used over a long period of time the drive
belt can be removed to prevent unequal stretching.
Always disconnect the record player from the mains power
supply as a precaution before maintenance!
Useful tips
The record player should be positioned on a low-resonance
surface such as wood or multiple layer ply board to avoid
structural vibrations disturbing replay.
Environmental information
Argon TT2 complies with international directives on the
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical
and electronic equipment and the disposal of Waste.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - the crossed
bin symbol indicates compliance and that the products must
be appropriately recycled or processed in accordance with
these directives.
Safety instructions
Please store this instruction manual for future reference.
Do not use this product near water or moisture. Place the
unit on a solid surface. Do not block any ventilation
openings. Do not put it in a closed bookcase or a cabinet
that may keep air from flowing through its ventilation
openings. Do not install near any heat sources, such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves or other appliances that
produce heat. Protect the power cord from being walked on
or pinched, particularly at plugs and the point where they
exit from the product. Servicing is required when the
product has been damaged. Do not attempt to service this
product yourself. Opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltages or other hazards.
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Please contact the manufacturer to be referred to an
authorized service center near you. To prevent risk of fire or
electric shock, avoid over loading wall outlets, extension
cords, or integral convenience receptacles. Do not let
objects or liquids enter the product. Use proper power
sources. Plug the product into a proper power source, as
described in the operating instructions or as marked on the
We have during production and packing carefully checked
and inspected this Turntable.
After unpacking please check for any damage from
We recommend that you keep the original carton box and
packing material for any future shipping.
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Controls, features and connections
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Controls, features and connections
Power switch
Stepped drive pulley and drive belt
Platter with felt mat
Tonearm counterweight - 4a Downforce scale
Tonearm lift lever
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm tube
Anti-skating weight adjustment scale
Anti-skating weight support hoop
Anti-skating weight with wire
Headshell with finger lift and fitted
Ortofon OM 5E cartridge
Signal output cable
Power supply socket (on USB version in middle)
Lid hinges with Hinge fasteners
*Power supply not shown
Connections especially for USB version
Compared to the non-USB version, the USB version has
connectors on the back.
The RCA cable and the ground cable have to be connected
to the turntable. Whereas on the Non-USB version the RCA
cable is mounted on the turntable.
USB connection is also on the back of the USB version.
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Setup and usage
In order to achieve maximum performance and reliability with this record player you should study these instructions for use
The Argon Audio TT2 record player is supplied with a factory fitted and adjusted cartridge.
During assembly and adjustment of the deck, small parts could be lost if not carefully placed in a suitable receptacle.
Before starting assembly make yourself acquainted with the parts listed above and correspondingly numbered in the technical
drawings above.
Make sure the surface you wish to use the turntable on is level (use a spirit level) before placing the turntable on it.
Fit the drive belt (2/22) around the hub (2/22) and the smaller diameter part of the motor pulley (2/22). Avoid getting sweat or
grease on the belt as these will deteriorate the performance and reduce the belt's lifespan. Use absorbent kitchen paper to
remove any oil or grease from the outer edge of the hub and the belt. Fit the platter (3) and felt mat over the spindle of the hub
Cartridge down force adjustment
Adjusting the down force and anti-skating if you are not familiar with it can be complicated. We recommend that you watch the
following video for your convenience. YouTube video for adjusting down force and anti skating on a turntable (click here).
The counterweight (4) supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 3,5 - 5,5g. An alternative counterweight for cartridges
weighing between 6 - 9g is available as an accessory part. Adjust the down force prior to installing the anti-skating weight.
Gently push and turn the counterweight (4) onto the arm tube stub. Lower the arm lift and position the cartridge in the space between
arm rest and platter. Carefully rotate the counterweight (4) until the arm tube balances out. The arm should return to the balanced
position if it is moved up or down. This adjustment must be done carefully. Do not forget to remove the cartridge protection cap if
Once the arm is correctly balanced return it to the rest. Hold the counterweight (4) without moving it, and gently revolve the down
force scale ring (4a) until the zero is in line with the anti-skating prong (8). Check whether the arm still balances out.
Rotate the counterweight counter clockwise (seen from the front) to adjust the down force according to the cartridge
manufacturer's recommendations.
One mark on the scale represents 1 mN (= 0,1g / 0,1 Pond) of downforce.
The recommended downforce for the factory fitted cartridge is 17,5mN
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Anti-skating force adjustment
The anti-skating force must be adjusted according to the mass of the cartridge as follows:
Groove in the stub (8)
10 - 15mN
1st from bearing rings
15 - 20mN
20mN and bigger
Slip the loop of the anti-skating weight's thread over the second groove of the stub to set the correct anti-skating force for the
factory-fitted cartridge. Feed the thread through the loop of the wire support (10).
Connection to the amplifier
The Argon Audio TT2 has a captive tonearm signal lead (12) for connection to the amplifier. Use the Phono input (sometimes labelled
gram, disc or RIAA) on your amplifier. Make sure that the phono input offers correct matching and amplification for the type of cartridge
used. Line inputs (such as CD, Tuner, Tape or Video) are not suitable.
Take care to connect the left and right channels correctly. The right channel is usually marked red, the left channel black or white.
Check the manual supplied with your amplifier for relevant information. The earthing wire of the tonearm lead should be connected
to the earth terminal on your amplifier (if provided).
If your amplifier does not have an input suitable for phono cartridges you will require a separate phono amplifier stage for MM or
MC cartridges such as the PRO-JECT PHONO BOX, the NAD RIAA AMP or the CAMBRIDGE RIAA AMP, which is then connected
between the record player and a free line level input of the amplifier.
NOTICE. Argon Audio TT2 USB version has build in RIAA AMP
The recommended load resistance for the factory fitted cartridge is: 47kohms /MM-input
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Mains power connection
The turntable is supplied with a power supply suitable for your country's mains supply. Check the label before connecting to
ensure compliance with the mains rating in your house.
Connect the low voltage plug from the power supply to the socket (13) on the rear of the record player before connecting the power
supply to the mains.
Fitting the lid
Fit the lid carefully over the hinge fasteners and adjust the screws (14) until the lid stays open where you want it to without being
too stiff to open or close.
Switching on and off
Pressing the power switch (1) alternately starts or stops the motor.
Changing replay speed
To play records at 45 r.p.m. first remove the platter (3). Using the accessory tool provided, hook the belt over the larger diameter
part of the motor pulley (2/22). Refit the platter. To revert to 33,33 r.p.m. repeat the proceedings using the smaller step on the
Fitting and connecting the cartridge
** All cartridges with half inch mounting holes can be fitted. Leaving the needle's protection cover on, fit the cartridge to the
headshell using the screws supplied with the cartridge by passing one screw through each slot in the headshell (11). Do not
tighten the nuts yet.
Connect the tonearm wires to the cartridge pins as follows:
left channel positive (L+)
right channel pos. (R+)
right channel return (R -)
left channel return (L -)
The full sound quality of the Argon Audio TT2 can only be achieved if the cartridge is correctly adjusted.
If you are not well acquainted with the adjustment of cartridges you are advised to call upon the willing help of your Argon Audio
dealer to accomplish this task for you.
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Technical specifications Argon Audio TT2
Nominal speeds
Speed variance
Wow and flutter
Signal to noise
Downforce range
Effective tonearm length
Power consumption
Outboard power supply
Dimensions (W x H x D)
USB Version specific
33,33/45,11 r.p.m..
±0,8 %
±0,12 %
10 - 30mN
8,6 " ( 218,5mm)
16V/500mA AC, suitable for your country's mains supply
415 x 118 x 320mm, dust cover open 415 x 365 x 405mm
Build in RIAA AMP
Technical specifications ORTOFON OM 5E
Frequency response
Channel balance
Channel separation
Output voltage
20Hz - 20kHz
Recommended load resistance
Amplifier connection
Recommended tracking force
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MM -input
Troubleshoot - Potential incorrect use and fault conditions
Argon Audio turntables are manufactured to the highest standards and undergo strict quality controls before leaving the factory.
Faults that may possibly occur are not necessarily due to material or production faults but can sometimes be caused by incorrect
use or unfortunate circumstances. Therefore the following list of common fault symptoms is included.
The platter doesn't turn although the unit is switched on:
The unit is not connected to the mains power supply.
No mains at the socket.
Drive belt is not fitted or has slipped off.
No signal through one or other channel or both channels:
No signal contact from the cartridge to the internal tonearm wiring or from that to the arm lead or from that to the phono box or
between that and the amplifier. This could be due to a faulty plug, broken wire or solder joint or simply loose plug/socket
Phono input not selected at amplifier.
Amplifier not switched on.
Amplifier or speakers defective or muted.
No connection to the loudspeakers.
Strong hum on phono input:
No earth connection from cartridge or arm or arm cable to amplifier, or earth loop.
Distorted or inconsistent sound from one or both channels:
Record player is connected to wrong input of amplifier, or MM/MC switch incorrectly set.
Needle or cantilever damaged.
Wrong r.p.m., drive belt overstretched or dirty, platter bearing without oil, dirty or damaged.
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