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How to set up the AT-LP2022 turntable

Proper set up of the AT-LP2022 turntable will ensure that it will perform at its full potential. Please follow the steps below for assistance. Do not install the dust cover at this time.

Carefully remove the turntable from the package and verify that all parts and accessories are present. You should have the following items:


  • The turntable plinth

  • Dust cover and dust cover hinges

  • Acrylic record platter with preinstalled rubber drive belt

  • Headshell with preinstalled AT-VM95E cartridge

  • Replacement AT-VMN95SH stylus

  • Tonearm counterweight assembly with integrated tracking force gauge ring

  • 45 RPM record adapter

  • Dual RCA audio cable with integrated ground wire

  • AC power adapter

  • Gloves

  • Hexagonal driver for tonearm height adjustment

  • Quick start guide


Setting up the turntable

Use the supplied gloves to avoid getting fingerprints on the turntable. Place the turntable plinth on a firm level surface. If the surface is not level, the turntable may be leveled by adjusting the feet. The feet thread into the bottom of the chassis and are screwed all the way in for shipping purposes. With the aid of a spirit level, such as our AT615a Turntable Level (sold separately), adjust the feet as needed to level the turntable. Raise the height of one or more corners by supporting the weight of that corner with one hand while unscrewing the foot in a clockwise direction with the other hand.



Installing the platter and drive belt

The drive belt is preinstalled around the record platter. Remove the protective film from the platter.


  • Carefully place the platter with installed drive belt on the centre spindle and make certain it fully seats on the spindle.

  • Locate the motor pulley in the upper left corner of the turntable, opposite the tonearm.

  • While holding the platter steady, place the belt over the motor pulley. Once the belt is seated in the pulley’s groove, verify that the belt is not twisted.




Setting up the tonearm assembly


  • Remove the twist tie and foam used to protect the tonearm during shipment and secure the tonearm to its rest with the locking clamp.

  • Attach the headshell/cartridge assembly by inserting it into the socket at the end of the tonearm. The headshell comes with the AT-VMN95E stylus preinstalled.

  • While holding the headshell into position, rotate the headshell locking ring anticlockwise. As the ring rotates, it pulls the headshell into its seated position. Hand-tighten the ring until it is snug.




Installing the counterweight

With the tracking force gauge ring end of the counterweight facing toward the front of the turntable, attach the counterweight to the back of the tonearm by rotating the weight in a anticlockwise direction. As the weight rotates it will thread onto the arm. Thread the weight onto the arm about halfway at this time; final adjustments will be made in the next step.






Balancing the tonearm

Caution: Do not drag the cartridge’s stylus across the platter while adjusting the tonearm’s balance or setting the tracking force. Doing so may damage the stylus assembly.

Make certain that the anti-skate adjustment is set to “0” before proceeding.


  • Carefully remove the stylus' protective cover by sliding it straight forward off the front of the cartridge, exposing the stylus. Try not to pull down on the protector, doing so may dislodge the stylus assembly from the cartridge body.

  • While gently holding the sides of the headshell to stabilise the tonearm, release the tonearm locking clamp to allow the tonearm to swing freely.

  • Continue stabilising the tonearm while rotating the counterweight on the rear of the arm in the direction needed to balance the arm in the horizontal plane.

  • Check for balance by temporarily releasing the headshell after each adjustment of the weight. Ultimately, the arm should float freely just above the tonearm rest, without touching the rest. A properly balanced tonearm will be parallel to the turntable chassis.

  • Once the arm is balanced, place it into the arm rest and secure it using the locking clamp. Be careful not to rotate the counterweight while doing this.




Setting the tracking force

To set the proper stylus tracking force for the provided AT-VM95E cartridge, first locate the black stylus force gauge ring that is attached to the front of the counterweight. Marked with numbers and lines indicating different tracking force values, the ring can be rotated independently of the weight.


  • Without turning the counterweight itself, carefully rotate the ring only until the “0” on the ring lines up with the centerline marked along the top of the tonearm.

  • The recommended tracking force for the provided black AT-VM95E cartridge is 2.0 grams. To set the tracking force, rotate the counterweight, along with the ring, in an anticlockwise direction and stop when the “2” on the ring lines up with the centreline marked along the top of the tonearm.




Note that the ring turns with the weight as you are rotating the weight. The numbers on the ring should be going up in value as you rotate the counterweight if you are turning the weight in the right direction.


Setting the anti-skate adjustment

Set the anti-skate adjustment to the same value as the tracking force: 2.0.



Setting up audio and power connections

Connect the AC power adapter cable to the 12V DC power input jack on the rear of the turntable then plug the adapter into an AC outlet. Note that the main power switch is located on the rear of the turntable next to the power input jack and may be left in the on (pressed in) position.

Next, connect the provided dual RCA audio cable to the left and right output connectors on the turntable. The RCA cable’s red plug is the right (R) channel and the white plug is the left (L) channel.

The turntable outputs on an unequalised PHONO level output so an external dedicated PHONO stage is required. Attach one end of the audio cable’s integrated ground wire to the ground lug on the turntable and the other end to the ground lug on the device.




Installing the dust cover

Install the dust cover hinges into the slots on the dust cover. Install the cover on the turntable by inserting the hinges into the slots on the rear of the turntable.



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If you have any other additional questions in regard to setting up the AT-LP2022, please contact us for further assistance.