How to connect a turntable to a Stereo?

The charm of the vinyl record never dies. Despite the high technology available today, which guarantees an almost perfect quality of the reproduced music, listening to old music through an ancient “analog” turntable continues to have its own reason. Without considering, then, the historical and antique value that certain records may have, so much so that they are the target of many collectors. The sound reproduced by a turntable is decidedly weaker than the powerful stereos of modern manufacture, so if you want to listen to an old record in your possession, you can do it by taking advantage of modern technology to improve the quality and power of the sound: you just connect the turntable to a stereo equipped with a receiver and speakers.

Let’s see how.

  • Necessary Things!
  • Record player
  • Stereo system with “phono” receiver and speakers
  • Independent phono pre amplifier with “phono MC / MM” input (optional in the case of a free magnet needle)
  • RCA cables (for the pre amplifier)
  • Surge arrester (optional).

Place the turntable

The first thing to do is, of course, to make sure that the turntable is working properly. The quality of the needle, which must be intact, and its perfect positioning on the record. To do this, it will be advisable to place the turntable at the bottom, so as not to be affected by vibrations that could make the tip “jump” on the disc, creating disturbance in listening and with the risk of being able to scratch your discs. Also avoid placing the turntable on top of other electrical components, to avoid annoying interference in the sound.

Locate the entrances:

Also, depending on the type of turntable you have, you may need to adapt the receiver of your stereo system. Try to understand, therefore, if your turntable is of the “moving magnet” or “moving coil” type, depending on the type of needle fitted. The coil ones are definitely bigger and more expensive, therefore quite recognizable. At this point, you will need to investigate your stereo receiver, looking for the “phono” input it has. A simple “phono” input (there may be more than one) is suitable for a free magnet turntable, while a “phono MC / MM” input will suit both types of turntables. Here You can Read the difference between Two

Use the preamp

If, unfortunately, you have a free reel turntable and a stereo with a simple “phono” input, don’t despair. You can, in fact, use an “independent phono preamplifier” with MC / MM connection, in order to be sure of being able to connect any type of turntable. You will need to connect the preamplifier (a kind of “adapter”) to your stereo through RCA cables.

Avoid overloads:

First connect the turntable to the stereo receiver and, only then, the turntable to the power outlet, to reduce the risk of a short circuit in the event of an electrical fault. To safeguard both the turntable and all other stereo components from this risk, unfortunately not uncommon, you could use a “surge protector”, which will absorb any electrical overloads avoiding damage to your systems, including the turntable.

Set the selector:

Before you can start playing your favorite music, you will need to make the last fundamental setting, that of your stereo’s receiver selector on “phono”. At this point you can finally turn on your turntable and your stereo and start playing the audio, making sure that both stereo speakers (speakers), both right and left, are working in order to enjoy a harmonic reproduction of the sound.


Never forget:

To isolate the turntable from vibrations that make the needle “jump”, place it at the bottom but not on the ground: a fixed surface, such as a shelf, would be useful, which absorbs any vibrations from the floor making the turntable and its stylus stable, and therefore the sound.


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