You can purchase a phono pre-amp for moving magnet cartridges from
Recoton at places like buy.com for less than $30. Please understand
that at $30 it will be very listenable thriough your aux input on your
receiver but will not sound like a $300 - several thousand $ phono
stage designed for preamplifiers without phono sections (like your
receiver). Vinyl records are encoded with what is called a RIAA curve
alowing for low frequencies through high frequencies to be etched
(stamped) into the small groove. The phono pre-amp decodes this
curve! The accuracy of this decoding varies greatly between phono
preamps. Very acurate (+/- .1 dB or less) usually sound better than
less accurate (+/- .5dB). The ear detects miilibells of difference in
frequency as comppared to needing decibles for volume (loudness).
Anyway hope this helps. A $30 unit will work and you will be able to
listen to your vinyl but it does sound better with better equipment.
--- In Zappa-List@yahoogroups.com, "Michael" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Greetings, oh my brothers,
> After listening to music by way of boomboxes and headphones for the
> past few years, I decided to buy, finally, a decent am/fm stereo
> receiver for my 50th birthday. I got one at Radio Shack. A
> Sherwood RX-4103. 105 watts/channel RMS with .03% THD. A receiver
> like this would've cost four or five hundred bucks 25 years ago. I
> paid $100. I hooked up my old but trusty JBL L100 speakers, my
> cassette/CD player boombox, and my VCR and DVD players. What a
> sound, oh my brothers! Clean..powerful...The more I increased the
> volume, the better the sound! Then I hooked up my good Pioneer
> manual turntable to the AUX inputs. (There aren't any phono
> but I didn't think it would matter...Those of you in-the-know are
> laughing now!!) I put on a record, set the tone arm gently on the
> beginning of the record....and got NOTHING, unless I turned the
> volume all the way up. Then I got a tinny, faraway sound...
> I wanted to hear the mating call of the adult male mudshark with
> some VOLUME...I didn't panic...I went to Sherwood's website and
> clicked the "questions and answers" link. There, lo and behold,
> very first question was "Why won't my turntable work??" Sherwood's
> answer was simple. All I needed was a "phono pre-amplifier
> available at most electronics shops for $20-$30." Hahahaha...Radio
> Shack, Best Buy, and Circuit City don't have them and didn't even
> know what they were. I did a Google search for "phono pre-
> amplifiers." hahaha...I found one as big as my receiver for 300
> dollars...I found a few schematics....I found things that looked
> like junk, and pre-amps for turntables with moving-coil cartridges,
> which I don't have....LOL....Can any of you give me some advice or
> information, oh my brothers?? I own over 300 record albums in
> excellent condition, many of them imports...I'm sick and disgusted
> and infuriated...I thank you in advance, oh me brothers...
> very stoned regards, grey_hipster
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