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Turntable to Receiver

I have a Kenwood VR715 home theater receiver and I want to connect a turntable to it. Do I need a preamp to do this?

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If you purchase a new turntable, most of them come with a preamp. Usually turns on with a switch located on or under the unit.

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Yes you will need a pre-amp to connect a turntable to this unit. For the AUX input you will need something that can output 400mV into 47k ohm, somewhere like RadioShack should have what you need. Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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Appreciate the additional information.

To recap what you need is a receiver that can accommodate:
4 - Pioneer S-DF1-K (15-100W, 8 ohms)
1 - Pioneer PD-F407 25 Disc CD Player
1 - Pioneer CT-300 dual tape deck
1 - Kenwood KD-491F turntable

Possible choices are (keeping in mind that the power output should be less if not equal to 100 watts and a turntable/phono input):
i. Onkyo TX-8522 Stereo Receiver;
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iii. Sony STR DE695 AV receiver;
iv. Teac AG-790 200 Watt Stereo Receiver;
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).

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a. XP200 Turntable Preamp - Nano Series;
b. Pyle® Pro PP999 Phono Preamplifier;
c. Pro-Ject Phono Box Turntable Preamplifier;
d. Radial J33 RIAA Turntable Preamp Direct Box

Good luck with your project.

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