Connecting 80's/90's-era turntables to 70's-era receivers


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Username: Wrecka_stow

Lincoln, NE United States

Post Number: 1
Registered: Aug-17
I have several Technics turntables that work perfectly when I use them with my newer receivers.

However, I'd like to use them with some vintage 70's receivers I've acquired (all have PHONO inputs). When I hook them up, they play...but on a VERY low volume. I have to turn the volume all the way up to hear it at all. Volume works fine if I'm listening to the radio.

I thought if a receiver had a PHONO input, you were good to go. Am I doing something wrong? Let me know if you have any ideas why these components aren't playing well together.

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 18441
Registered: May-04

A '70's receiver should have a working phono pre amp. CD's weren't introduced until the early '80's and receiver didn't begin losing phono inputs until late in that decade.

What phono cartridge are you using?


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