Turntables--preamps

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  1. MichaelM

    MichaelM Agent

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    My reciever (Onkyo) doesn't have a dedicated Phono input. So does this mean I have to buy a preamp to hook my turntable into first? I saw a Sony Turntable that said it had a preamp built in. I have an old Pioneer turntable. Is there a way to tell if it has a preamp builtin? It's very old (over 15 years) so I'm assuming it doesn't.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Danny Tse

    Danny Tse Producer

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    Yes, turntables require their own dedicated pre-amps. As for why, I am sure someone can explain it much better than I can.

    While I haven't listened to any of those turntables that come with build-in phono pre-amps, I don't think they can be any good. The turntables in question are generally at the very bottom of the turntable ladder. The often-mentioned Radio Shack "little rat" photo pre-amp can be had for about $30.00 or less when it was available; you may want to check your local RS. I have read that the RS phono pre-amp is as good as, if not better than, the NAD PP-1 phono pre-amp ($120.00).
     
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