User manual EAT Forte S pdf
EuroAudioteam, s.r.o.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
EAT Forte S
Dear Music Lover,
Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of our EAT Forte S turntable. Your EAT Forte S
was hand-crafted by our team of skilled technicians. It has been tested rigorously and is ready
for your enjoyment.
Please take the time to read this manual carefully, to ensure that you obtain the ultimate
performance from your EAT Forte S turntable. The tips contained within will ensure that your
Forte will remain as-new condition for many years to come!
Your EAT Consultant is:
Serial Number:
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EAT Forte
Controls, features and connections
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2
3
4
5
6
7
Main turntable chassis
Platter
2x Drive belt
Speed control
Arm board and Spirit level
4 x Adjustable feet
Record weight *
Grounding cable (not shown) *
Power supply (not shown) *
Gloves (not shown)*
Grease (not shown)*
Small tool set (not shown)*
!
Warning of a hazard for the user, the unit or possible misuse.
Before starting assembly, please familiarise yourself with the parts listed above. Separately
packed items are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Set-up
For safe and trouble-free installation, we would suggest that you assemble the unit with the
assistance of a friend, due to the weight of the complete turntable system.
1) Open the shipping crate by unscrewing the top of the crate. Remove the wooden top.
2) Remove the styrofoam top layer, with the accessories.
3) Unpack the first part of the turntable: the main chassis. Remove the packaging fabric from
the main turntable chassis. Install the earthing cable at the bottom of the main chassis. You
will find the earthing cable inside the box of accessories.
4) Unpack the last part of the turntable: the platter. Remove the plastic transport cover over
the bearing shaft. Remove the red transport cap on the bottom of the platter. Please check to
ensure there is enough grease on the bearing shaft. If the shaft is to dry, please use the grease
that you find in the accessories box. Install the platter carefully. The best method is for one
person to hold the platter with a second person locating the platter into the bearing into the
correct position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check the level of the grease in the bearing shaft every three
months, by removing the platter from the bearing.
5) Set up the height and the levelling of the chassis by turning the feet to the left side or right.
By turning the feet to the right, the chassis will raise; turning the feet to the left will lower the
turntable. Finally, level the Forte with the spirit level in the accessories box.
6) Install the two white drive belts. There are two different belt lengths. First, please install
the shorter belt to the lower positioned motor pulley, the pulley closer to the front of the
motor assembly. Second, install the longer belt to the higher motor pulley, at the rear of the
motor assembly.
7) Attach the power supply to the back of the turntable chassis.
8) Switch on the motor unit. The small green light will indicate that power has been switched
on.
The speed control has 3 buttons:
- 33
- STBY - STOP
- 45
By pressing the 33 button you switch on the motor to 33.3rpm.. Please, wait until the blue
light indicator stabilize. If you wish to change speed to 45rpm. press the button on the right
side - 45. Please, wait until the blue light stabilize. If you wish to stop the turntable please
press the STBY- STOP button.
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Useful tips
The base and 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.
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 home.
If the player is not used over a long period of time, the drive belt can be removed to prevent
undesired stretching.
!
As a safety precaution, always disconnect the record player from the mains power
supply before maintenance!
Technical specifications EAT Forte S
* Electronic speed change
* 33.33/* 45.11
Speed variance
±0.09%
Wow and flutter
±0.01%
Signal-to-noise ratio
-73dB
Power consumption
4W
Outboard power supply
16V/1.000mA AC, suitable for your country's mains supply
Dimensions (WxHxD)
550x250x450mm
Weight
44kg
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Pro-Ject 12CC Evolution Tonearm
5
6
3
7
2
1
4
9
8
7a
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Headshell with finger lift
Tonearm tube
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm lift lever
Anti-skating weight *
Anti-skating weight wire support
Tonearm counterweight * 7a Downforce scale
Anti-skating weight adjustment scale
Tonearm base
Cartridge downforce adjustment (Pro-Ject Evolution tonearms)
Remove the transport lock (3) from the tonearm. Store it in the original packaging so they are
available for any future transportation.
Pushing carefully, turn the counterweight (7) onto the rear end of the tonearm tube (2), so the
downforce scale (7a) shows towards the front of the player. Lower the armlift and position the
cartridge in the space between arm rest and platter. Carefully rotate the counterweight (7)
until the armtube is balanced (floating level). The arm should return to the balanced position
if it is moved up or down. Do not forget to remove the cartridge stylus guard if fitted.
Once the arm is correctly balanced, return it to the rest (3). Hold the counterweight (7)
without moving it, and gently retate the downforce scale ring (7a) until the zero is in line with
the anti-skating prong (8). Check whether the arm is still balanced.
Rotate the counterweight counter-clockwise (seen from the front) to adjust the downforce
according to the cartridge manufacturer's recommendations. One mark on the scale represents
1 mN (= 0.1g / 0.1 Pond) of downforce.
Tonearm Pro-Ject 12cc Evolution: The counterweights (7) supplied are suitable for cartridges
weighing between 4-7g, 6-9g, 8-12g or 10-15g.
Adjust the downforce prior to installing the anti-skating weight.
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Adjusting the azimuth (Pro-Ject Evolution tonearms)
The cartridge stylus must be vertical in the record groove in order to
trace the groove wall modulations correctly.
Screw
A small screw at the bearing end of the arm allows incorrect azimuth
to be corrected if your stylus is not mounted exactly perpendicular to
the cartridge body (which is often the case).
Slacken off the screw just enough to be able to revolve the arm tube
without applying force. Note! Do not remove the screw completely!
With the aid of a good magnifying glass, adjust the stylus until it is vertical in the groove (i.e.
perpendicular to the record's surface). Ideally this should correspond to the top surface of the
cartridge body being parallel to the record surface, but in practice this is often not the case.
When you are satisfied that the stylus is vertical, retighten the screw carefully.
Under no circumstances should the arm tube be adjusted with the stylus still in the
record groove! Irreparable damage may be caused to the cantilever suspension! The
arm must be lifted to make each adjustment and lowered afterwards to check it.
Anti-skating force adjustment (Pro-Ject Evolution tonearms)
The anti-skating force must be adjusted corresponding to the downforce
3 2 1
as follows:
Downforce
Groove in the stub (15)
10-14mN
1st from bearing rings
8
15-19mN
2nd "
"
"
20mN and bigger
3rd "
"
"
Hang the loop of the thread of the anti-skating weight in the groove of the anti-skating stub (15)
corresponding to the downforce applied to your cartridge and hang the thread in the groove of
the wire support (17).
Adjusting the vertical tracking angle (VTA) (Pro-Ject Evolution tonearms)
Put a record on the platter. When the stylus is lowered into the record groove, the tube (2) of
the tonearm should be parallel to the surface of the record.
If it is not parallel to the record surface, raise the stylus off the record, loosen both hexagon
screws in the tonearm base (9) just enough to allow vertical movement of the arm pillar
without force and slide the arm up or down until it is parallel.
Carefully retighten the hexagon screws without applying excessive force (which would
deform the arm pillar) – finger-tight is quite sufficient.
Technical specifications Pro-Ject 12cc Evolution
Tonearm
medium mass
Supplied counterweights
cartridge weight 4-7g, 6-9g, 8-12g or 10-15g
Downforce range
10-35mN
Effective tonearm length
12in (304.8mm)
Overhang
13.2mm
Tonearm cable length
approx. 120cm
Weight
271g (without counterweight)
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Ortofon RS tonearms
8
3
1
2
7
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
6
Detachable headshell with finger lift
Tonearm tube
Tonearm rest and removable transport lock
Tonearm lift lever
Anti-skating force adjustment knob
Downforce adjustment knob
Tonearm counterweight with securing screw*
Tonearm base
Stylus pressure gauge (not shown) *
Cartridge downforce adjustment (Ortofon RS-Tonearm)
Remove the transport lock (3) from the tonearm. Store it in the original packaging so they are
available for any future transportation. Set the knob (5) to 0.
Place the counterweight (7) halfway along the counterweight support rod at rear of arm,
ensuring that the counterweight’s (7) securing screw uppermost. Lower the armlift and
position the cartridge in the space between tonearm rest (3) and platter. Carefully move the
counterweight (7) along the support rod, until the armtube (2) is balanced, i.e. floating level.
The arm should return to the balanced position if it is moved up or down. Do not forget to
remove the cartridge protection cap if fitted.
With the power off, and the platter static, place the supplied stylus pressure gauge onto the
platter.
Carefully lower the armlift and position the tip of the stylus on the pressure gauge’s
measuring tongue. The downforce will be displayed digitally.
Adjust the downforce, using the knob (6), to the cartridge manufacturer's recommendations.
This adjustment must be done with the tonearm resting on the tonearm rest (3). Finally secure
the counterweight with the securing screw (7).
The counterweight (7) supplied is suitable for cartridges weighing between 18-40g.
Anti-skating force adjustment (Ortofon RS and AS tonearms)
The anti-skating force must be adjusted corresponding to the downforce. Rotate the knob (5)
to adjust the anti-skating force. One mark on the scale represents 5mN (= 0.5g /0.5 Pond) of
downforce.
Adjusting the vertical tracking angle (VTA) (Ortofon RS and AS tonearms)
Put a record on the platter. When the stylus is lowered into the record groove and the tonearm is
not resting on the tonearm rest (3), the top surface of the cartridge body should be parallel to the
surface of the record.
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If it is not, loosen the hexagon screw in the tonearm base (8 RS tonearms or 7 AS tonearms)
just enough to allow vertical movement of the arm pillar without force and slide the arm up or
down until it is parallel.
Carefully retighten the hexagon screw without applying excessive force (which would deform
the arm pillar) – finger-tight is quite sufficient.
Technical specifications Ortofon RS-212D and Ortofon RS-309D
Tonearm
medium mass
Supplied counterweight
cartridge weight 18-40g (including headshell)
Downforce range
0-50mN
Effective tonearm length
RS-212D - 229mm/RS-309D - 326mm
Overhang
15mm
Offset angle
RS-212D - 22 deg. / RS-309D - 19 deg.
Tonearm cable length
approx. 120cm
RS-212D - 655g/RS-309D - 725g
Weight
(plus headshell and cartridge)
Fitting and connecting the cartridge
All cartridges with half-inch mounting holes can be fitted. Leaving the stylus's protection
cover in place, fit the cartridge to the headshell using the screws supplied with the cartridge
by passing one screw through each slot in the headshell (1). Do not tighten the nuts at this
stage.
Connect the tonearm wires to the cartridge pins as follows:
white
left channel positive (L+)
red
right channel positive (R+)
green
right channel return (R-)
blue
left channel return (L-)
The full sound quality of the turntable can only be achieved if the cartridge is correctly adjusted.
Dedicated tools, such as PRO-JECT’s alignment tool, will help you to accomplish this. If you are
not well-acquainted with the adjustment of cartridges, you are advised to call upon the skills of
your PRO-JECT dealer to undertake this task for you.
Please note: adjusting a cartridge and tonearm calls for the greatest care in order to
avoid damaging the cartridge or tonearm bearings. Leave this work to your dealer if
you are in any way unsure of the necessary steps and precautions to be taken.
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Service
Should you encounter a problem which you are not able to correct or identify despite the above
information, please contact your dealer for further advice. Only when the problem cannot be
resolved there should the unit be sent to the distributor in your country.
Guarantee repairs will only be effected if the unit is returned correctly packaged. For this reason
we recommend keeping the original packaging.
Never return a record player without making sure that is it safely disassembled and correctly
packaged in the original packaging. Please remove these parts and pack them separately: feet,
counterweight, platter, cartridge and belt. Fit the cartridge protection cap. Insert the transport
lock for the tonearm prior to carefully packaging the record player.
Warranty
The manufacturer accepts no responsibility for damage caused by not adhering to these
instructions for use and/or by transportation without the original packaging.
Modification or change to any part of the product by unauthorised persons release the
manufacturer from any liability over and above the lawful rights of the customer.
EAT EuroAudioTeam is a Registered
Trademark of Jozefina Lichtenegger.
Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved.
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The information was correct at the time of
going to press. The manufacturer reserves the
right to make changes to the technical
specification without prior notice as deemed
necessary to uphold the ongoing process of
technical development.
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