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Very low sound after new needle installed

I installed a new needle on the turntable, as there was none when I bought this at a flea market. Radio works/sounds great. Switching to phono, it plays and I hear the music very, VERY low. From other questions, it appears I need to hook up a phono input? No idea what that is or how to. Wouldn't this console stereo already have that? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Firstly the cartridge could be faulty or incorectly wired. I think what you are refering to is a magnetic cartridge pre-amp. If the turnatable has seperate audio connectors these should be plugged into the "phono" socket. And not an "aux" or "CD" input. If there is no phono socket, you wouldn't be able to plug a pre-amp in anyway. Yes the deck if it is built in should have this pre-amp built in. However these pre-amp can fail!
To test if the pre-amp is working, even if has no phono socket, unclip the leads to the cartridge. With your amp on, touch the end of each wire with your finger. On two you should hear a buzz - one for each channel. If it's not loud then there's a problem with the pre-amp. If you do get a decent buzz the cartridge is faulty.
You can also trace the wiring to the pre-amp inside the unit, if you wish to fix it. It will almost certainly end up at an IC, which should be replaced.

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Hiya, check and be sure the turntable is plugged into correct inputs, "phono"

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