Article ID : 00032266 / Last Modified : 11/02/2012

There is low volume or distorted audio from the turntable.

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Standard turntables require a specific amplified PHONO input on the Audio/Video (A/V) receiver in order to operate correctly. Without amplification of the turntable signal, low volume or distorted audio will occur.

If the A/V receiver does not have a PHONO input, you can connect the turntable signal either via an AUX input or through an available audio input on the A/V receiver. However, a pre-amplifier will be required in order to achieve a suitable volume level. The pre-amplifier can be added by using one of the following:

  • A turntable that has a built-in pre-amplifier.
  • If the turntable does not have a built-in pre-amplifier, connect an external pre-amplifier from the turntable to the input you are using on the A/V receiver.

NOTE: The phono cartridge used in the turntable can also determine overall volume level produced from the turntable. Some of these cartridges will require an external amplifier even when they are connected to a designated PHONO input.