EAT B-Sharp - European Audio Team
European Audio Team
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
E.A.T. B-Sharp
Dear Music Lover,
Congratulations and thank you for choosing European Audio Products. Your
E.A.T. B-Sharp turntable has been handcrafted and rigorously tested by skilled technicians
at the European Audio Team factory to give you years of enjoyable, trouble free service.
Although it may seem like asking for driving directions, please take a few moments
to read all of this manual. It has many helpful tips and ideas on properly setting up
and using your system. We promise that if you take the time to read and follow these
tips you’ll get better system performance and enjoyment. Please contact your dealer if
you require additional assistance.
The B-Sharp incorporates an array of features that contribute to its audiophile performance:
1. Proprietary ultralow noise AC motor and high precision frequency DC-driven AC
generator for speed stability. The motor is fixed on the main chassis. The tonearm
and platter are mounted on a separate suspended MDF chassis.
2. The platter with TPE damping and felt mat sits on top of a belt-holding subplatter. The platter is constructed from an aluminum magnesium alloy sitting on a
brass bearing.
3. The tonearm construction is a combinaton of conical carbon fibre tube, sandwich
aluminium headshell, cardan bearing in horizontal axle with hardened tips sitting in
zircon bowl and ABEC7 ballraces in vertical axle. The counterweight is damped with
thermo-plastic elastomer (TPE) damping pad.
4. All key features for cartridge alignment and adjustability are available on the tonearm
- VTA/SRA, VTF, azimuth, anti-skate, and a slotted aluminum headshell for overhang
and offset angle.
5. The conical thermo-plastic elastomers (TPE) suspension system dampens vibrations.
6. A low-profile sandwich floating chassis made of MDF is what gives this table
a "superflat" silhouette.
Important:
Your turntable was shipped partially disassembled in order to avoid damage to
sensitive parts. Please check immediately to make sure that neither the packaging nor
the device was damaged in transit. If you are missing parts or if the unit is damaged,
please do not operate and contact your dealer.
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Throughout the manual, this symbol will alert you to potential hazards for the user or the unit,
and how to avoid possible misuse.
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Contents
Packaging layout
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Product illustrations and key
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Setup
1. Transport screws
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2. Platter, sub-platter and drive belt installation
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3. Adjusting the pulley height
8-9
4. Tonearm assembly
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a) Cartridge installation
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b) Counterweight assembly
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c) Vertical Tracking Force setting (VTF)
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d) Tonearm output connection
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e) Vertical Tracking Angle setting (VTA)
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f) Azimuth setting
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g) Anti-skating assembly and adjustment
14-15
5. Leveling the turntable
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6. Using the record clamp, starting the motor, changing the speed
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Technical specifications
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Troubleshooting, warranty, service
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Please do your part to help protect the environment:
Disposal of packaging material
E.A.T. packaging is carefully designed to protect your component from damage in
transit and you are strongly urged to keep the original packaging in order to
safely ship or otherwise transport your turntable in the future.
However, the packaging materials were chosen to be environmentally friendly,
so if you must discard the packaging, please recycle.
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KEY: CONTROLS, FEATURES AND CONNECTIONS
1. ON/OFF switch
2. Platter with felt mat
3. Floating sub-chassis
4. Tonearm counterweight
5. Tonearm lift lever
6. Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
7. Headshell with finger lift
8. Anti-skating mechanism
9. Motor with motor pulley
10. Drive belt
11. Sub-platter
12. Transport screws 3x
13. RCA output with earth connection
14. Damped adjustable feet
15. Power supply socket
16. Dustcover
17. Dustcover hinge
18. Dustcover hinge fasteners
19. Record clamp
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SETUP
1. Transport screws
Remove the three transport screws (12) from the top part of the chassis before installing the
sub-platter (11), the drive belt (10) and the platter (2).
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The transport screws are used to ensure safe shipping and transport, and should be
reinstalled prior to any future shipment or transportation of the turntable.
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2. Platter, sub-platter and drive belt installation
Remove the protective cover from the sub-platter (11).
Install the sub-platter (11) and the drive belt (13) as shown in the following illustrations.
Install the platter (2) on the sub-platter (11) and screw the Record clamp (19) with LP on the
platter.
3. Adjusting the pulley height
In rare instances, you may have to adjust the pulley height if it taps against the platter:
Carefully remove platter and drive belt from the turntable. Using a small flathead screwdriver,
loosen the small screw and move the pulley to the desired position.
Tighten the screw back and fit the drive belt and the platter.
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4. Tonearm assembly
The tonearm includes a combination of cardan bearings in horizontal axle and Japanese ball
bearings in vertical axle.
See the next steps to set up your tonearm.
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a) Cartridge installation
* If you purchased this turntable in a package that included the cartridge, this has already been
done for you.
Install the cartridge into the aluminium headshell, using the appropriate hardware included
with your cartridge.
Connect the cartridge as indicated below:
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White
Red
Green
Blue
left channel L+
right channel R+
right channel Rleft channel L-
For correct cartridge alignment, use the two-point cartridge alignment protractor provided with
your C-Sharp accessories. If unfamiliar with two-point setup, please refer to your dealer.
b) Counterweight assembly
The counterweight has two separate parts:
The first part is the counterweight itself. The second part is an additional insert that enables
optimal balancing of heavier cartridges.
The counterweight without the additional insert can balance cartridges from 5 to 9 g.
(The weight of the counterweight itself is 110 g.)
The counterweight with the additional insert can balance cartridges from 9 to 17 g.
(The weight of the counterweight with the additional insert is 148 g.)
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c) Vertical Tracking Force setting (VTF)
Before setting the Vertical Tracking Force, confirm the exact weight of your cartridge.
Depending on your cartridge weight, determine whether to use the counterweight with or
without the additional insert, in accordance with the specifications above.
Pushing carefully, turn the counterweight onto the rear end of the counterweight support rod
as shown in the illustration below. Place the stylus pressure gauge (not supplied) onto the
platter. To set the required VTF, lower the tonearm lift lever as indicated in the illustration and
place the tip of the stylus on the pressure gauge.
As viewed from the headshell, turning the counterweight counterclockwise (moving it in closer
toward the tonearm) increases the VTF, turning clockwise (away from the tonearm) reduces the
VTF. Turn the counterweight appropriately until the VTF shown on the pressure gauge matches
your cartridge’s recommended vertical tracking force specifications.
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d) Tonearm output connection
Connect the tonearm cable provided with the accessories to the RCA tonearm output that is
located at the rear of the turntable, behind the tonearm. Connect the grounding cable on the
earth connection screw.
e) Vertical Tracking Angle setting (VTA)
To set the Vertical Tracking Angle, first put a record on the platter. When the needle is lowered
into the record groove, the tube of the tonearm should be parallel to the surface of the record.
If it is not, loosen both hexagonal screws in the tonearm base just enough to allow vertical
movement of the arm pillar without force, and slide the arm up or down until it is parallel.
Carefully and evenly retighten the hexagon screws without applying excessive force (which
could deform the arm pillar).
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f) Azimuth setting
The cartridge needle must be perpendicular to the record in order to trace the groove wall
modulations correctly.
The azimuth (angle) is precisely set by the factory. In the event that you need to modify this
setting, however, follow the instructions below.
Loosen the small AZIMUTH SET SCREW, again using the 1.5 mm hexagonal key.
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DO NOT REMOVE THE AZIMUTH SET SCREW COMPLETELY!
Loosen the screw just enough to be able to gently rotate the arm tube and set the azimuth to
the correct position. The correct position can be checked from the front view, preferably with
the needle placed on a mirror placed on the platter. Once the azimuth setting is correct, gently
re-tighten the AZIMUTH SETTING SCREW.
Examples of incorrect azimuth setup:
Too much left angle:
Too much right angle:
The correct position is 100% perpendicular to the record.
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g) Anti-skating assembly and adjustment
The anti-skating mechanism is shipped partially disassembled to avoid damage during
transport. For correct installation, please follow the steps below.
Step 1:
Prepare all parts supplied from the accessories bag:
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Anti-skating sliding mechanism with anti-skating weight and thread for mounting on the
tonearm
Step 2:
Put the anti-skating sliding mechanism on the end of the anti-skating support rod.
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Be careful when handing the anti-skating thread in order to avoid damaging it.
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Step 3:
The anti-skating sliding mechanism is supplied with a pre-mounted anti-skating weight and antiskating thread. Put the eye of the anti-skating thread around the hole for the HOOK SCREW and
screw the HOOK SCREW into the tonearm through the eye of the anti-skating thread as shown
in the illustration below.
Step 4:
Anti-skating force adjustment:
Adjust the anti-skating force by positioning the weight on the appropriate groove of the antiskating sliding mechanism. Anti-skating downforce should be adjusted in correspondence with the
tonearm downforce as follows:
Tonearm downforce:
Lower than 13 mN or 1.3 grams
13–18 mN or 1.3–1.8 grams
18–25 mN or 1.8–2.5 grams
Anti-skating groove:
1st groove from bearing
2nd groove from bearing
3rd groove from bearing
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5. Leveling the turntable
Three precision adjustable damped feet are mounted under the turntable for leveling the
turntable. Once the turntable is in final position, put the supplied spirit level on the sub-chassis,
and then level the turntable by screwing or unscrewing the feet as needed. It is advisable to
check level from several positions on the subchassis.
6. Using the clamp, starting the motor, changing the speed
Using the clamp – after placing a record on the platter, place the record clamp on the spindle
and record. Do not screw the clamp for playback.
Controling the turntable:
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To start rotation of the platter, press the button ON/OFF switch (1)
To play 45 r.p.m., put the drive belt (13) over the larger diameter part of the motor pulley
using accessory toll provided. To revert to 33r.p.m. repeat the proceedings using the
smaller step on the pulley.
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Model
B-Sharp
Nominal speed
33/45 rpm, manual speed change
Speed variance
33rpm: ± < 0.11%, 45rpm: ± < 0.12%
Wow and flutter
33rpm: ± < 0.08%, 45rpm: ± < 0.07%
Signal to noise
S/N Ratio (mechanical noise): - 40 dB S/N
Ration (electrical noise): -68 dB
Downforce range
0 - 30 mN
0 - 3.0 grams
Supplied counterweight system
Counterweight 125 g without additional
insert → for cartridges 5 - 9 g
Counterweight with additional insert 142 g
→for cartridges 8.5 - 13 g
Effective tonearm mass
12.5 g
Effective tonearm lenght
230 mm
Overhang
18 mm
Power consumption
5 W max/ 0.5W standby
Voltage
Universal swith mode power supply
15 V
DC/1.6 A, 90-264 V AC, 47 - 63Hz
Dimensions (W x H x D)
460 x 352 x 125mm without dustcover,
460 x 352 x 142mm closed dustcover
460 x 380 x 435mm opened dustcover
Weight (without box)
8,5 kg (turntable)
Weight (with box)
12 kg
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Troubleshooting
The platter doesn’t turn although the unit is switched on:
• The unit is not connected to the mains power supply (the building’s electrical system).
• No mains power is being delivered at the socket.
• The drive belt is not fitted properly or has slipped off.
No signal through one 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 loose solder joint in the plug/socket connection.
• Phono input not selected at amplifier.
• Amplifier not switched on.
• Amplifier or speakers are defective or muted.
• No connection to the loudspeakers.
Strong hum on phono input:
• No ground connection from cartridge or arm or arm cable to amplifier, or ground loop.
Distorted or inconsistent sound from one or both channels:
• Turntable is connected to wrong input of amplifier, or MM/MC switch is incorrectly set. Needle or
cantilever damaged. Wrong rpm; drive belt overstretched or dirty; platter bearing needs lubrication
or is dirty or damaged.
Service
Should you encounter a problem that you are not able to identify or alleviate despite the above
information, please contact your dealer for further advice. Only when the problem cannot be resolved
should the unit be sent to the responsible distributor in your country.
Guarantee repairs will only be effected if the unit is returned in appropriate packaging. For this reason
we recommend keeping the original packaging.
Never return a turntable without making sure that is it properly disassembled and correctly packaged in
the original packaging according to the supplied diagram. Please: Remove the feet, counterweight,
platter, cartridge and belt and pack them separately. Fit the cartridge protection cap. Insert the
transport lock for the tonearm prior to carefully packaging the turntable.
Warranty
The manufacturer accepts no responsibility for damage caused by failing to adhere to these instructions
for use and/or by transportation without the original packaging. Modification or change to any part of
the product by unauthorized persons releases the manufacturer from any liability over and above the
lawful rights of the customer.
The information above was correct at the time of going to press. The manufacturer reserves the right to make
changes to the technical specifications without prior notice as deemed necessary to uphold the ongoing process of
technical development.
E.A.T. European Audio Team is a Registered Trademark of Jozefina Lichtenegger.
This guide was produced by: E.A.T. European Audio Team. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved.
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