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Difference Between "Phono" and "Aux" input?


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Firat Cingi

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Posted February 07 2006 - 06:38 PM

Hi, what are the differences of Phono and Aux inputs? I have two AV Receiver options to choose and one of the differences of these receivers is these inputs. I'm planing to use a turntable on this so which one must be preferred?

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted February 08 2006 - 12:46 AM

Do you have any specific turntable in mind? Own it already?

Turntables need a special preamp in order to work. The PHONO input has this built in. You can only plug a record player into a PHONO input. Some record players have this preamp built in, therefore you can plug them into an AUX, and plugging them into PHONO will not work. AUX is a line level input which you can plug any audio gear into. If you don't have a PHONO input on your receiver you can get an outboard "phono preamp" to plug between the record player and the receiver.
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Leo Kerr

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Posted February 08 2006 - 03:01 AM

PHONO inputs also generally have the RIAA-Re-EQ curve built into them to compensate for a pre-eq done before the disc is cut.

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted February 08 2006 - 09:40 AM

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You can only plug a record player into a PHONO input.


It helps to call these things by their correct name. Of course, I had this conversation with the owner of a high end audio shop in an unnamed major Texas city recently and he was ignorant of the distinction.

TURNTABLE: Has a motor, platter, tone arm and stylus.
RECORD PLAYER: Has all of the above plus a phono pre-amp, a power amp and a speaker, or speakers.

So, you can only plug a turntable into a phono imput.

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Firat Cingi

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Posted February 08 2006 - 09:29 PM

Thank you for your help.

I'm still searching (and this search will continue at least 3 months because of financial problems Posted Image ), but I have Pro-ject 1 Xpression on my mind. I bought Denon AVR2106 yesterday and it has phono input. Hope this player works with it.

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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted February 09 2006 - 01:05 AM

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It helps to call these things by their correct name. Of course, I had this conversation with the owner of a high end audio shop in an unnamed major Texas city recently and he was ignorant of the distinction.

TURNTABLE: Has a motor, platter, tone arm and stylus.
RECORD PLAYER: Has all of the above plus a phono pre-amp, a power amp and a speaker, or speakers.

So, you can only plug a turntable into a phono imput.
He was "ignorant of the distinction" because the "distinction" is semantec nonsense.
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I'm still searching (and this search will continue at least 3 months because of financial problems ), but I have Pro-ject 1 Xpression on my mind. I bought Denon AVR2106 yesterday and it has phono input. Hope this player works with it.
It will work great.
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#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Firat Cingi

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Posted February 09 2006 - 01:34 AM

I was indeed ignorant of the distinction Posted Image I have to search a little bit more.

Thank you both guys.
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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted February 09 2006 - 05:27 AM

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...the "distinction" is semantec nonsense.


Phillip,
I know you meant "semantic".

Why object to two different things having two different names?
A motorcycle and a moped are quite similar in function, but I'll bet you know the advantages of one over the other and would not intermingle the nomenclature.
I could try for other analogies that a bright young lad like yourself could relate to, but I’m sure you get my point.
A turntable and a record player are not interchangeable, why would you think their labels would be?

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