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I need to know FOR CERTAIN if this amp will amplify a magnetic cartridge turntable, or will I need a preamp.
asked by Conrad Bender on March 1, 2013
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Unlike line level audio sources like DVD/CD players, tape decks, FM tuners, mini disc, etc., which have output voltages anywhere from 0.7V to 2.5V, the output voltage from a magnetic cartridge installed in a turntable is very low (2-5mV), and requires additional amplification. This additional amp stage, the phono pre amp, was built into most older receivers and audio amplifiers, allowing direct connection of a turntable. However, since the CD entered the market (early 1980's), the vinyl records and turntables were declared obsolete. Audio equipment manufacturers slowly phased the phono pre amp out. Newer stereo equipment, including most mini-systems and home theater units, have no magnetic cartridge phono input. In order to connect a turntable, you need to first pass the signal thru a phono RIAA equalization pre amp.
A J W Lokhorst answered on March 1, 2013
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This is a power amp, not a turntable preamp. It expects line level input. Though you might be able to modify it, given sufficient electronics expertise, I would not recommend it.
Justin Zane Chudgar answered on March 1, 2013
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Many newer turntables incorporate a phono preamp into the table, in the realization that most newer amps/preamps no longer have a phono input built in. If that is the case, and the turntable outputs an equalized line-level output, then the amp will work. The phono preamp has two functions. A) It amplifies the low voltage output of the phono cartridge to the level needed for a line-level preamp to work properly. B) It decodes the RIAA equalization that appears on all LP records. This equalization reduces the movement of the stylus in the groove of the album, but an attempt to play back an album without passing it through RIAA equalization (built into every phono amp) is not going to sound good. So, the answer to the question depends on whether or not your turntable has the phono preamp built in. You've got to have a phono preamp somewhere, but it's possible that you already do.
MDRR10 answered on March 14, 2013
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The amp has only line level inputs, so you would need a preamp.
Amazon Customer answered on March 1, 2013
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No it will not. For magnetic cartridge turntable you need a high impedance input. This is line level low impedance so you need a Pre-amp.
Daniel L. Goodman answered on March 1, 2013
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I just connected one of my turntables and it will work, BUT with a very low output at speakers. You will need a preamp.
Cindy T. answered on March 2, 2013
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A phono pre amp does more than increase the signal voltage to line level. It also equalizes the signal to RIAA standards. This amp does not have a phono pre built in. But if you are using it for a power amp, you will do fine with a Berringer phono pre that can be found for @ $25
P. DeCoste answered on March 23, 2015
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FOR CERTAIN this will not work properly with a phono out. You will need a pre amp or a turntable with a built in pre amp.
Zepp answered on December 16, 2014
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Depends on the type of connection your turntable has and the amount of wattage you expect.
Carlos Mendez answered on March 1, 2013
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Yes it will providing your turntable has a ' built in ' pre amp. Hope this helps.
Jada L. Williams answered on April 20, 2013
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