Originally Posted by PacMan2006
Hey guys, I have a question about setup.
So I have an Audio Technica AT LP 60. It's the one with the pre-amp inside. I then have the turntable hooked up to a receiver with a phono input (and Martin Logan speakers connected to the receiver).
When I play records on it, it sounds pretty good.
With that said, when I stream music through my computer, I like how I have more control of my volume. It's almost like there are three different ways to control the volume--the volume button on the computer itself, the volume button on the streaming service, and then the volume button on the receiver.
With my current turntable set up, I just have one source for controlling the volume--the receiver. This leads to, as my ears hear it, not as much sound range in the music, and it leads me to have to turn the music volume up to 40-45 to get it to really thump, as compared to around 30-33 when I stream.
So what I'm wondering is...what can I buy to sort of fix this problem? I'm assuming I would need something to connect the turntable into, and then from there, connect whatever that intermediary device is into the receiver.
So, what is that---a phono amplifier? Just an amplifier? Is there something that can work with this particular turntable I have (I assume with whatever I buy, I'd have to turn the amp setting on the turntable off, correct)?
At the end of the day, I'd love to have a device that allows me to control the volume (and maybe even one or two other settings), and then have my receiver allow me to control the volume as well--so I can have much more flexibility over the sound and what source is controlling the sound, like I do with my streaming music.
The reason you don't have much "sound range" in the music is because that is a really really cheap turntable with a crummy cartridge and it doesn't sound very good.
Turning up the volume does not improve the poor sound quality; it just makes the crummy sound a bit louder.
If you want much better sound from your records, get a Music Hall MMF-2.2 or Pro-Ject Carbon turntable; the sound quality and dynamics will be 500% better.
The fact that you have to turn it up to a higher setting is just a function of different voltages from different sources. That is why there is a volume control.
That is a non-issue, and there is no "problem" to fix other than the low-quality sound from the low-quality turntable.
It is kind of amazing, to me, that you would have Martin-Logan speakers and not realize that such a cheap turntable is a such a low-quality source.
Get a decent turntable and start to enjoy your records.