Originally Posted by MJR0309
One thing......have a Pioneer Turntable hooked up using rca
to the CD input. I get no audio at all. Same thing when i was using my Onkyo 605. Anyone have a ideas.?
Mike, yes I do have an answer for you but you won't like it.
You cannot use a line level input (CD, DVD, DVR, etc) for turntables, period, end of story.
You need a dedicated phono input or a phono preamp input. The SC-65 doesn't have one so can't be directly used with any turntable, it doesn't matter who makes the turntable.
the reason is -
turntable cartridges produce signal levels in the millivolt range not volts range like a CD player. the phono input will provide the extra boost needed to get that level up to line level. or use an external phono preamp. and just as important, a phono input will provide the mandatory RIAA equalization for record playback. the normal CD inputs will not. so even if you could hear sound, it would sound like crap, distorted with no bass and no highs. RIAA equalization is a standard & part of record recording since the early 1950's
the bass/treble is significantly rolled off in the mastering process so the stylus can track LP grooves and then the signal has the inverse EQ applied by a phono preamp to make it sound like it should. no other input but a dedicated phono input will have the RIAA equalization.
if you used the CD input on the Onkyo, that's why you couldn't hear anything from it either.
what you'll need to get is a phono preamp. plug the TT into it and plug its outputs to the CD input on the SC-65. you can spend ~$50 up to multi-thousands $ on one. if all you want is occasionally being able to play an LP, then shop for a budget one.
sites like Music Direct, Elusive Disc, Acoustic Sounds, and others sell phono preamps plus you can find them in B&M audio/video dealers, especially those that cater to 2 channel stereo & "audiophiles". you might also check ebay. there are some nice simple ones from companies like NAD in the $100-150 range.
your other option is to return the SC-65 and find a deal on the SC-67. the SC-67 has the phono input.
there may be other "problems" with your old Pioneer turntable but for sure, using a CD type input is a deal breaker for record playing