Do I need a pre-amp for my record player?

 

If you have an all in one / portable turntable... you won't need a pre-amp.  If you have a turntable that has to be plugged into a receiver though... you will probably need one of these if your receiver doesn't have a dedicated phono input on the back.  If you determine that you do need a pre-amp for your turntable, I highly recommend these very basic ones from Amazon.  They are very simple, entry level pre-amps for people who have basic turntable setups and just want to hear their records.  Keep in mind, there are some turntables out there (usually very entry level turntables) that come with a built in pre-amp (like this one).  As a general rule though, your pre-amp should not cost more than your turntable... at least not until you get into the $3000 range for either.  Most likely if you're buying at that level, you're not asking the question whether or not you need a pre-amp.  If you have questions, leave them in the comments section and I will be more than happy to help you out. 

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