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Turntables generally do not have a strong enough signal to drive an amplifier. You can check on the back of your turntable and see if it has a switch to change from phono to line level. Most do not, but a few will.
If your turntable does not have this switch, you will need to purchase a phono amplifier to boost the signal to standard line level. You can get these on ebay for around $15.
You connect the turntable to the phono amp input and then connect the phono amp output to any of the inputs on the back of your receiver (aux, cd, etc).
You need to use this turntable with a receiver with a phono input, as turntables need more amplification than say a DVD input. They also need the RIAA equalization to decode the record correctly. If your receiver does not have an input labeled PHONO, you can purchase a preamp that is designed specifically for this purchase. Any Google search will give you hundreds of places to purchase one; just search phono pre-amp. For more information, please visit my website at audioserviceclinic.com. Thank you.
The only output from the turntable is the low-level signal from the cartridge. Most likely, the receiver you've hooked it to doesn't have a phono input. Many receivers today don't come with one, and if you connect the turntable to a line-level input you get either very low volume or none at all, depending on the cartridge. What you'll need is a turntable preamp to boost the output to line level so the receiver will work properly. Radio Shack still carries a preamp, available online and in some stores. You can also find preamps online (here's one at Amazon). With the preamp connected you can use any free input on the receiver.
either the cartridge is bad in the phonograph tone arm. Or the pre-amp in the stereo is bad...remember that the turntable is the only accessory that uses the pre-amp input on the stereo. I'm betting the pre-amp is bad.
hook the turntable "directly" up to the "phono" inputs. if it sounds normal this way, and not loud and distorted, then you have to plug the turntable up that way, directly to the reciever's phono input.
you can hook the eq up through the "tape in/out" jacks.
take the tape record out jacks, and hook them up to the input of the eq, and take the tape play input jacks and hook them up to the output of the eq. then, to use toe eq, select whatever input you want eq'ed, while also selecting "tape monitor"
Turntables need a preamp due to their very low output compared to modern components. The link above is the one I use. Try connecting to your receiver's phono input if you have one, also try the aux input. If neither of those work, obtain a preamp and you will soon be scratching with the best of them.