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Topic: How to use a vintage record player.
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If you've ever wondered how to use a vintage record player, you're not alone. Most of us haven't used one, so here are some basic steps to take to make the most of your vintage music player. The first thing you need to do is ensure that the cartridge of your player is of high quality. The cartridge contains the needle and stylus that makes contact with the record, and a subpar cartridge will result in distorted sound. However, replacing a cartridge may be worth it for some people.

The signal from your vintage turntable must pass through an external phono preamp before reaching your speakers. While most modern audio gear does not include phono inputs, Japanese companies such as Yamaha have begun adding them to their products. This means that you need to use an external phono preamp to get high-quality sound. This phono preamp has a phono output that plugs into line-level inputs, like those marked Aux, Tape, and Video. You can also plug in headphones to hear the sound.

To start listening to your record, turn the player on and place a record on the turntable. You should notice that records have an A and B side. Make sure to place the record on the correct side. For vertical record players, make sure to lock the record in place. Once the record has been inserted, you'll need to raise the cue lever. This lever will raise and lower the tonearm, which moves to the outer edge of the record.



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