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
Turntable + Phono Stage + 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
Turntable + Phono Stage + Amplifier + 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.