Do you have a home cinema and want to listen to analogue music? It is completely possible to connect a turntable to your home cinema! maPlatine.com gives you a few tips on the subject in this purchase guide.
How do I know what I need to connect a turntable to a home cinema?
An amplifier with phono input
More than anything, you must ensure that your amplifier has a phono input. You must be aware that in 98% of cases this is an MM phono input. However, there are video processors or multichannel built-in amps that have an MM and MC phono input.
And if I don't have a phono input on my amplifier?
It is not a problem if your video amplifier or AV processor do not have a phono input, it is still very easy.
All you need to do is insert a phono preamplifier between your turntable and your video amp or AV processor. Choosing it will be dictated by the quality of your turntable, the technical data of your Hi-Fi cartridge and to conclude, naturally, the level of quality you require! For example, if you have an MM cartridge, you must choose an MM phono preamp. The principle will clearly be the same even if your turntable is equipped with an MC cartridge. However, as said above, there are also phono preamps that have these two inputs or that enable the set ups that are suited to your phono cartridge.
Once this choice is made, you only have to connect your phono stage to your audio video amp. To do this, you must obtain an interconnect cable. The phono preamp is then connected to an auxiliary analogue input: tuner, AUX, CD, mag, etc.
And for those who want to make things even simpler, some turntable manufacturers provide them with an RIAA amplifier directly built into them. This is the case for example with the Austrian Pro-Ject brand with the Essential II Phono USB record player or the Debut Carbon USB turntable. You only have to obtain the interconnect cable to connect your turntable to your home cinema. And you're ready to go!
However, it is important to note that this type of turntable does not give you the option of upgrading its phono preamp…
Diagram for connecting a turntable to a home cinema
And as a picture paints a thousand words, this is a simple explanatory diagram showing how to connect your turntable to a Home Cinema.
We hope that this guide has shown that connecting a turntable to a home cinema is very simple. If you need additional information on this subject, we are naturally available by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).