25 September 2015

How to connect a turntable to a amplifier/ receiver

Most of vintage and modern turntable have to be connected to a special input on your amplifier/ receiver labelled PHONO. This input uses a special preamplifier section that a turntable needs before the signal can be sent to the amplifier stage. If your amplifier/ receiver has no PHONO input then you need to buy a separate phono amplifier first.

Important note: 
Some cheap modern turntables already have this phono amplifier fitted in the turntable. In this case you can use any input on your amplifier/ receiver to connect the turntable. Check the turntable's manual first.  

The diagram above shows you how to connect a turntable to your amplifier/ receiver. In most cases the PHONO input on the amplifier can accept turntables fitted with a moving magnet (MM) type cartridge. The PHONO input is a special type of input and is different from all the other inputs of an amplifier. Most vintage turntable and most modern turntable 
must be connected here. 

Playing back music from your turntable
Before switching the power on, set the various controls as follows:
  •      Plug the power cord of these two units into the AC wall socket
  •      Select the speaker switch that corresponds to the speaker system          which is connected to the SPEAKERS  terminals on the rear panel.
  •      Set the bass and trebele controls to "0" position
  •      Set the balance control to the center position.
  •      Select PHONO on the front panel. (Make sure the TAPE monitor is          set to off)
  •      Make sure the volume is set to minimum and switch the units on.
  •      Start playing a record (vinyl) on your turntable and increase the            volume to the desired level.

More about turntables and amplifiers you can read here and here.

31 July 2015

Technics G series

Audio excellence from 1991, this is the Technics G series.

technics g series
Technics B900 cassette deck

technics g series
Technics P900 cd player

technics g series
Technics D900 DAT recorder

technics g series
Technics G900 tuner

technics g series
Technics C5000 preamplifier

technics g series
Technics A5000 power amplifier

technics g series
Technics GE100 equalizer

technics g series
Technics MX200 loudspeaker

technics g series
Technics G series

....and more vintage audio here.

26 July 2015

Musicians in audio adverts.

As a music lover I'm sure you like to listen to your favourite artist at home, on the road, in your studio, on the best audio equipment. Let's take a look at some of your favourite artists and their recommendations for audio equipment through this series of vintage audio advertisements.

Loud and clear. That's how you want your music at home. "Baby Jane", all you need is a pair of ALTEC LANSING loudspeakers said Rod Stewart.

rod speaker

"Baby you can drive my car". That's what Ringo Starr (The BEATLES) said in 1978. He also said that you're going to be a star only if you have a CRAIG car stereo.

ringo starr craig car audio

In 1985 Dire Straits teamed up with PHILIPS on a world tour promoting the new PHILIPS Compact Disc. They were like "Brothers in arms".

MORE: 30 years of Compact Disc

dire straits philips compact disc

In 1986 Genesis was recording their hits with SONY Digital equipment. Play them back with the "Invisible touch" of a SONY compact disc player, they recommend.

genesis sony

Choose 7 of your favourite Doors album and place them in a 7 Disc CD changer from Nakamichi, was Ray Manzarek's recommendation in 1993.

MORE: AKAI elevator-style 7-disc CD player 

ray manzarek nakamichi

"Fanfare for the common man" "Works" well with CRAIG car audio, said Emerson Lake and Palmer.

emerson lake palmer craig car audio

"Breakfast in America", and you're on the road again. What better way to take a look back on your favourite concert song then a SPARKOMATIC car audio from 1983.  

supertramp sparkomatic car audio

You're in your studio working on your next hit. AKAI is crucial for "The end of innocence" said Don Henley (Eagles)

don henley akai

Family harmony. Aparently that's why Alice Cooper and his mother choose the FISHER (SANYO) 24 disc CD changer in 1993.

alice cooper fisher

These are all things of a glorious past and they will never return.
Is the future sad ? See what Ray thinks....