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Old 10-21-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Connecting turntable+amp to existing home theater set-up -- links to relevant pics

I received a turntable and Marantz PM-5004 amplifier as a gift, and I'm a little confused about how to set this up with my current home theater.

Back of Receiver: http://www.outlawaudio.com/images/SR5005_back.jpg
Back of Amp: http://www.nhthifi.com/pm5004_rear-L.jpg

It seems like both devices are designed to be wired directly to the speakers, but there must be a way to connect the two with RCAs right? I also use my blu-ray player for CDs... is it possible to use the integrated amp whenever the system is on stereo, but bypass it whenever on a surround mode?

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connect amp to preouts of receiver

connect speakers to amp

you need a preamp module to connect normal turntable to receiver without phono inputs. its boosts the level from phono to normal baseband line level (rca.)

BTW, that is an integrated amp not an amp. (its a receiver without a tuner.)

I would not bother with it. Use the integrated amp for a stereo music setup not HT.

Buy a cheap CD player and connect it and the turntable to the integrated amp with some floor speakers. It has the phone input you need for the turntable built in.
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Thx for the reply -- I'm not sure I'm understanding correctly...

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connect amp to preouts of receiver

connect speakers to amp

you need a preamp module to connect normal turntable to receiver without phono inputs. its boosts the level from phono to normal baseband line level (rca.)
This sounds pretty straight-forward... speakers go directly to the IA, then RCAs connect the line-in on the IA (turntable has build-in phono preamp) to the pre-out left/right inputs on the HT receiver.

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BTW, that is an integrated amp not an amp. (its a receiver without a tuner.)

I would not bother with it. Use the integrated amp for a stereo music setup not HT.

Buy a cheap CD player and connect it and the turntable to the integrated amp with some floor speakers. It has the phone input you need for the turntable built in.
Here's where you lost me... are you saying you'd ditch the IA altogether and just run the turntable off the existing receiver? If so that would be great -- I'll just return the IA. If there's any sound quality benefit from hooking the IA to the receiver I'd rather do that though.
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Thx for the reply -- I'm not sure I'm understanding correctly...



This sounds pretty straight-forward... speakers go directly to the IA, then RCAs connect the line-in on the IA (turntable has build-in phono preamp) to the pre-out left/right inputs on the HT receiver.



Here's where you lost me... are you saying you'd ditch the IA altogether and just run the turntable off the existing receiver? If so that would be great -- I'll just return the IA. If there's any sound quality benefit from hooking the IA to the receiver I'd rather do that though.
If the turntable has line level (not phono) outputs, just use your HT receiver without the integrated amp. The IA is only two channels and has its own volume control and input selector. It is designed for a stereo music system (it is a receiver without a radio tuner.)

If you had a regular power amp (no input selector, no volume control) then you could use it for your two front channels for better quality (mostly for CDs and music.)

In your case, it is not worth the hassle.

Speakers vary much more dramatically than the difference between a Marantz IA and a Marantz receiver.

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If you are not tied to the IA, and your turntable has phono-level output you can buy a simple preamp to bring it up to line level, and just use one of your axillary analog inputs on your HT.

You can test weather the TT is phono level or line level simply by plugging it in, putting on a record and turning up the volume. If it is really quiet you have phono level and will need a preamp.

There are a lot of different phono preamps out there anything from $30-$1000.
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Ok -- just the info I was looking for. Thanks guys.
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