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Very low audio output

My turntable puts out sound but I have to turn the volume almost all the way up to even hear anything. I noticed another answer to this problem stating that the cartridge may be not connected properly but I have very carefully made sure the cartridge is in the right spot and still very little sound. I am running the turntable through a receiver and my surround sound speakers.

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Re: very low audio output

Make sure your receiver has a PHONO input. If you are connecting it to a LINE or AUX input, then there is not enough signal to boost the sound coming from the turntable. Turntables require a PHONO input, because phono input's have a pre-amp on them, which boost the turntable signal. If you do not have a PHONO input on your receiver, you will need to buy a Phono Pre-Amp.

If you have a phono input, then you might have an issue with the turntable's RCA cables, or your cartridge may be at fault.


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