Turntable Setups—What Are My Options?

Turntable Setups—What Are My Options?

Setting up your turntable system may seem daunting and intimidating. There are so many new terms and technical specifications to consider that you don’t even know where or how to start. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Just follow our simple guide, and before you know it, you’ll be experiencing music in a way you could have never imagined.

What do I need with my turntable?

Before setting up your turntable, consider the other equipment your system would need. Turntables cannot reproduce music on their own; they would need an amplifier and speakers to make audible sounds for your enjoyment.

Types of turntable systems

Here at Sound Advice, we have laid out the most common system options for you! Each configuration is different, requires various parts, and has its own advantages. Choosing the right setup will be up to your specific preferences, as the audio journey is a unique and intimate experience that only you can decide.

Turntable with Built-in Phono Stage + Powered Speakers

Rega turntable with built-in phono stage + powered speakers
This combination is the simplest and most user-friendly, which is why it's an ideal setup for beginners and people with smaller spaces. All you need is a turntable with a built-in phono stage and powered speakers with their own integrated amplifier. Connect the two pieces of equipment via RCA cable, and voila! You have a compact turntable system.

Turntable + Phono Stage + Powered Speakers

Rega turntable with phono stage and powered speakers

With a separate phono stage, you will have more flexibility in customizing sound. You’ll also be able to reduce electronic distortions from the signal path (to have a clearer and more crisp musical rendering). Do take note that you need a turntable that does not have a built-in phono stage for this.

Turntable + Amplifier with Built-in Phono Stage + Passive Speakers

Rega P1 turntable,  amplifier with built-in phono stage, and passive speakers
This is our most recommended setup for vinyl enthusiasts because it lets you connect your turntable to a pre-existing speaker setup, such as your multi-purpose home theater. This setup requires a turntable, which will be connected to your speakers via your amplifier using an RCA cable. Another option is if your amplifier doesn’t have a phono stage, you can instead purchase a turntable that does.

Turntable + Phono Stage + Amplifier + Passive Speakers

Rega Planar 2 turntable with phono stage, amplifier, and passive speakers

This setup allows for specific customization and upgrades for each component—making it a favorite among hardcore enthusiasts. Here, you can specifically choose, change, arrange, and upgrade each component until you achieve your ideal sound experience.

Ready to set up your turntable system? Take a look at our shop and explore the different systems and accessories we offer. We have a wide selection to fit your needs and preferences.

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