What kind of turntable


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Username: Hammondrckr

Post Number: 2
Registered: May-05
how do I know what kind of turntable I have(magnetic or another one). im looking for a preamp and it seems to matter which kind it is. so if theres any way to tell or if it really doesnt matter what kind it is and these people are playing me I would really appreciate any input


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Username: Dvautier

Bellevue, Wa Usa

Post Number: 14
Registered: Feb-05
If you plug your phono jacks into your sound card and get a decent signal, you have a ceramic cartridge (the equalization is probably really bad). If you get a very weak signal you have a magnetic cartridge and you will need a preamp with the proper equalization. You may want to look at one of my web pages.


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good luck


Gold Member
Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 3912
Registered: May-04

Since there aren't many ceramic cartridges on the market anymore, I'm going to guess you have a magnetic cartridge. (It is the cartridge and not the turntable which determines what type of pre amp you require.) Telling us what type of turntable and cartridge you own would help us give the correct answer.

Here's my guess;

If your complete turntable cost less than $99, you have a ceramic cartridge.
If your complete turntable cost more than $100, you probably have a magnetic cartridge.
If your complete turntable cost more than $100 and the dealer asked you which $1000+ cartridge you wanted, you probably have a moving coil cartridge. I'll bet you'd know if you had a moving coil cartridge.

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