Turntable pre-amp for Onkyo TX-SR606?
I'm setting up an Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver. I'll be using JBL Decade 36's for main speakers, NHT 1.1's for side speakers, a Yamaha YST-SW100 subwoofer, and an Optimus Pro CS-1 center speaker.
I want to run my Dual 1219 turntable through the Onkyo. Therefore, I'll need something for a phono pre-amp. I have a tiny, 1975-vintage Realistic SA-10 amp, and wonder if I can use it. (If not, I'll probably have to use an Onkyo TX-18 receiver as my pre-amp.)
An online description (Joe's Tech Notes) for the SA-10 lists the following few paragraphs:
"Power Output: 1.2 Watts per channel (at 1000 Hz with 10% distortion)
Inputs: Tape/Tuner and Phono
Volume Control for each channel
AC Power Consumption: 12 Watts max.
"A few words on the above specs. First, any audiophile knows that 10% distortion is a very high amount. I measured the power output of this amp and it can put out about 0.75 watt per channel with very low distortion (I did not measure the THD but the sine wave output at this level was very clean). The Phono input on this amp does NOT have a preamp, it is basically a high level line input (no different than a CD input for example). If you want to use this amp with a turntable that has a magnetic cartridge (in other words about 95% of all turntables in use today) a phono preamp will be required. If you wanted to connect a microphone to this amp a mic preamp will be required. The Tape/Tuner input means tape or tuner (one or the other, not both). The bottom line is that this amp has two line level inputs. Like most entry level Radio Shack amps, the SA-10 has a built in loudness curve (meaning that the frequency response of the amp favors the low end when the volume controls are at the lower end of the scale).
"1.2 Watts per channel? Who would want that measly power? Well, the fact is most people don't realize how loud a 1 watt per channel amp can sound, and they are similarly surprised at how "quiet" a 100 watt per channel amp is (compared to a 1 watt per channel amp)! The human ear "hears" things logarithmically, which basically means it takes a LOT of power to make something sound a lot louder. Twice the power only makes the sound slightly louder. For most people, to make something sound significantly louder requires about 10 times the power to the speakers. The bottom line is that 1 watt per channel is more than adequate for a den system, a small bedroom system ,etc. Again, don't plan on shaking walls down with this unit, but do expect a very nice sound for a basic entry level system.
"What speakers can be used with the SA-10? In truth, most any speaker will work (8 ohm speakers would be preferable). Although you can use large high power speakers with this amp, this amp is really intended to be used with smaller bookshelf speakers. Speaker connections on the back of the amp are via RCA connectors."
So -- remembering that most of the above was discussing the SA-10 as the main amp, rather than as a pre-amp -- will the SA-10 be enough to do the job of a phono pre-amp for an Onkyo TX-SR606?
As always, thanks for any assistance.