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Old 06-08-2016, 03:00 PM
 
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As the title says, I'm trying to find a decent bookshelf size stereo that has an RCA input to hook up a turntable to. Everything I am finding has USB and a single 3.5mm aux jack. I don't want to get a full stereo receiver and floor speakers. I'm hoping to find something within the 200 range. Has anybody come across anything like this?


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Old 06-08-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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Get a 3.5mm to RCA adapter.
New 3 5mm 1 8 Male Plug to 2 RCA Female Jack Stereo Audio Y Adapter Cord Cable | eBay
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:24 PM
 
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Something like this $225 Okyo microsystem would do:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...k_ql_qh_dp_hza

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Old 06-08-2016, 09:14 PM
 
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OP states they want a unit that has turntable input.
After a lot of research looking for a receiver with 'phono in' for turntable, you have to buy a mid/high price range unit. Lower price units no longer have 'phono in' jack for a turntable.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:12 PM
 
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Lower price units no longer have 'phono in' jack for a turntable.
Many on them will have mini jack and as already mentioned you only need the adapter. I've been using them for years, you could for4 example use that adapter to plug the turntable into the AUX jack on your computer to record records. Another use might be to run RCA from your cable box to a stereo with mini jack so you can listen to music channels provided by your cable company.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:29 PM
 
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I think that Onkyo would work. I don't like the idea of adapters because you do lose sound quality going through adapters. Also, it doesn't have to be a phono input. Inputs were labeled for ease of installation and as far as I know, there was no difference between a phono input, or the cd input, or tape deck input, etc.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:58 PM
 
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I think that Onkyo would work. I don't like the idea of adapters because you do lose sound quality going through adapters.
Losses are negligible, or non existent. Does the record player have it's own RCA jacks? No adapter needed then, they have cables RCA on one side 3.5 on the other.


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Inputs were labeled for ease of installation and as far as I know, there was no difference between a phono input, or the cd input, or tape deck input, etc.
Correct, it's RCA jack.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:05 AM
 
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OP states they want a unit that has turntable input.
After a lot of research looking for a receiver with 'phono in' for turntable, you have to buy a mid/high price range unit. Lower price units no longer have 'phono in' jack for a turntable.
You didn't see the Line-In RCA jacks in the pic I posted?
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:47 AM
 
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Manufactures are using the 3.5mm for convenience for mp3 players. If you don't need the AM/FM turner or other controls, base treble, balance , you can basically get a common powered speaker. With the price reflective on the brand or sound quality.

I went to Walmart, looked that the floor models and picked up this one for less than $100
Innovative Technology Classic CD 50W Stereo System with Bluetooth Silver ITCDS-5000 - Best Buy
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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I think that Onkyo would work. I don't like the idea of adapters because you do lose sound quality going through adapters. Also, it doesn't have to be a phono input. Inputs were labeled for ease of installation and as far as I know, there was no difference between a phono input, or the cd input, or tape deck input, etc.
Sorta...

The common RCA jack setup is for "line input" and the output of CD players, etc. will have the correct signal strength and impedance for it to work well. The raw output from a turntable is FAR lower in signal level, more subject to interference and connection issues. If the amplifier does not have a dedicated phono jack, you may need to buy a small pre-amp. (Some turntables may include the pre-amp) Fortunately, pre-amps are generally inexpensive and fairly simple circuitry.

Adapters are a second choice for a number of reasons. Over time, corrosion and the fatigue of the spring metal can cause poor connections, and adapters can encourage plugging in items with mis-matched impedances. Sometimes they are acceptable, but I wouldn't start out accepting a system that required them.
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