Since Vinyl is back into the scene, many people have started to get the hang of turntables and they want to explore the market of Vinyl on a whole new level.
There is just so much plug and play technology in the market now, we have seen that people who are new to using turntables or have never had an experience of using turntables before just want it to start playing or expect it to immediately connect to their speakers or stereo systems.
But what they seem to be forgetting is one of the most crucial things they need for running a turntable that happens to be a phono preamp. The signal coming out of the cartridge on your turntable is around 1,000x lower than the signal coming from a CD player or a streaming device.
So, that is where you are going to need a phono preamp.
What Is A Phono Preamp?
“A phono preamplifier, also known as a phono stage, is an audio component that amplifies the signal from your turntable to a level that allows you to connect it to your sound system the same way you would with any other audio source”
Another important task that a phono preamp is capable of performing is applying the RIAA equalization curve to the signal that reverts it back to the shape it was on the original recording. But if you are just starting it out now, understanding this process might be a bit difficult for you so we are just going to start from the basics.
The most important thing to make out of this is that phono preamp is required if you want to enjoy your vinyl cords with the best of experience.
Do You Want To Know If You Already Have A Phono Preamp?
Phono preamps are available in all kinds of shapes and sizes and some components even have built-in phono preamps. Even though most of the serious composers lean on a separate phono preamp for all their musical needs but the intensity of having a separate phono preamp greatly depends on the kind of system you are using and what results do you expect off of your system.
You will find plenty of suggestions on the internet regarding the kind of phono preamplifier you may or may not need. But before you get yourself all clouded up in those suggestions, you need to ensure that you don’t already own a phono preamplifier.
First, let’s start with the obvious. If you have what looks to be a random box with one set of inputs, one set of outputs, a little ground screw, and it is labeled phono, you’re in luck! You have a phono stage.
Some turntables even come with built-in phono stages. There is no specific range of these turntables that come with built-in phono preamps. You can find a highly inexpensive turntable with a built-in phono preamp or you can even find an expensive one that doesn’t have it.
In order to know if you have a built-in phono preamplifier in your turntable or not, just connect it to your stereo system. If you hear sound that is clear of all distortions, congratulations. You have a built-in phono preamplifier.
However, if you feel like you want to upgrade it, you will find many options available in the market.
So, we hope you know by now what a phono preamplifier is and how does it help you out.
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