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PL-88FS with modern HDMI Receiver

I have a Pioneer PL-88FS turntable and need to upgrade to an HDMI receiver. Does the PL-88FS have an internal preamp or will I need to purchase one to connect it to one of the audio inputs on a new receiver?

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If the new receiver doesnt have a specific input in back labeled "phono" , You WILL need a preamp for the phono. Then plug the preamp into the AUX or other available input

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A traditional turntable requires a preamp inline with it to PRE amplify and frequency-balance the minute signal produced by it's cartridge. Most stereo receivers and preamps have Phono connections and internal preamplification strictly for that purpose. Yours does NOT.

A standard turntable will require you to acquire an external PHONO preamp to place between the TT and an Aux connction on the receiver.

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The signal produced by a phono cartridge is much smaller than a standard Line Level component produces. That is why the clas of equipment called PREamplifiers existed. Besides PREamplifying it to a level the rest of the circuitry can use it also modifies the frequency curve according to the RIAA standard to produce a sonically flat output. Without either process applied you will have weak, tinny sound from a turntable.

The Pioneer VSX-D711, like most modern AV receivers, is not equipped with a Phono Preamp. If the connector doesn't SAY Phono is won't do Phono.

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Appreciate the additional information.

To recap what you need is a receiver that can accommodate:
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1 - Pioneer CT-300 dual tape deck
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Possible choices are (keeping in mind that the power output should be less if not equal to 100 watts and a turntable/phono input):
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v. Denon AVR 888 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel.

Some of the above also includes feature(s) to hook up to your video system. Some may even require a fifth speaker (subwoofer).

Incidentally, you can also choose another brand/model even without a turntable/phono input. As initially posted, a turntable/phone to line level pre-amplifier is only required. Here are some examples:
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b. Pyle® Pro PP999 Phono Preamplifier;
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d. Radial J33 RIAA Turntable Preamp Direct Box

Good luck with your project.

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