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Audio help

John Cone

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Do we have any audio engineers amongst the membership? The reason for asking is i am trying to marry up an early 70's Garrad turntable to my modern Technis Hi-Fi system. Any help would be appreciated please.


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Its only an issue of an impedance mismatch..the Technics receiver will be looking for a line level input, and the turntable will be putting out a signal that is a lot lower..be careful - you can't simply amplify the signal - there is an RIAA equalization curve that has to be applied as well..
Why not consider feeding the turntable into your computer?..or better yet - buy a USB turntable for $100.00 from Tiger direct or london drugs and convert your vinyl into Mp3 or .wav files.

roy the mechanic

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Firstly, have you plugged into a PHONO input. consult the manual ( or down load one) It may well not have the facility on-board to acheive your wishes. Or you may have the wrong cartridge type- usually either moving magnet or moving coil ,the magnet has a higher output but inferior quality.


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Hi John

If the cartridge is a turn-over type, suitable for playing 78s as well as LPs, then it is a ceramic type and the output - in the range 100 - 250 mv - may be too much for your amplifier, and will require a high input impedance in the region of 1 M. A moving coil cartridge of that era has an output in the range 0.5 to 5 mv and can be plugged into phono connectors - left and right stereo. If your hi-fi has no phono sockets, and only AUX sockets, you will need to get a phono pre-amplifier. Not expensive - say £50 - and easy to install. As Bob Collings suggests you can get a reasonably performing record deck from Maplins for £70 which can be played through phono connections or connected to a computer.

Hope that helps

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