If it's a component hi-fi system, you can plug the turntable into the amp then plug the amp into the line in socket using the Rec-out socket that the tape deck would normally plug into. If it's just a turntable on it's own then you'll need a preamp as the output is lower on vinyl. The tonearm on the deck is effectivly just a microphone with a needle on the end and if you take one apart you'll notice that it normally connects straight to the cables that come out the back and go to the amp. However some newer turntables have a built in preamp and if yours does, it could be a bad connection.
It's not a component hi-fi, it's an old record player that's been in the loft for years (although it is mains powered- not a wind-up handle) with the amp built-in. The only sockets on it are L and R speakers, tuner input and tape output, the latter one I used to use to tape to cassette. Would this signal not be amplified?
I'm sure you can use the Tape output socket as I'm sure it will have the same output power as the normal headphone socket. If you have Nero and Nero wave Editor on your computer then click here Hope this helps.
You shouldn`t need a pre-amp,just connect the tape output to line in on your p.c.and check the line in properties by clicking on the speaker icon in the system tray. ps make sure the old record player still works!
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