Pre-amplifier for Turntables
This Pre-amplifier for Turntables is a handy little box that will amplify the signal from a turntable, making it suitable for line level (AUX) input.
- Stereo pre-amplifier for use with turntables fitted with magnetic cartridges
- Amplifies the signal to match it to the line or CD input of an amplifier
- On/Off switch fitted
Why do some amplifiers need a pre-amp for Turntables?
A turntable produces a PHONO output signal. This phono signal needs to be converted to a LINE LEVEL signal (sometimes referred to as an AUX or AUXILIARY signal). This will allow it to work with audio equipment including stereo systems, computers, and speakers. A phono preamp converts PHONO to LINE LEVEL
A preamplifier (preamp or “pre”) is an electronic amplifier that converts a weak electrical signal into an output signal strong enough to be noise-tolerant – Thus, it also makes it strong enough for further processing and for sending the signal to a power amplifier and a loudspeaker. The reason you might need one; is because the phono cartridge signal must be amplified and equalised in a unique manner by a phono preamp.
The reason this causes confusion, is because in the old days (before CD or MP3) every hi-fi system had an input labelled PHONO; which was perfectly matched for all Turntables. Todays equipment may not have this PHONO connection, so the way to fix this is to use a Pre-amplifier for Turntables.