Need help with my Technics SL-D30 Turntable

jjrj1203

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I'll start by saying that I'm pretty ignorant in regards to sound systems and how they work, so please be patient with me. I have an old Technics SL-D30 record player that has been sitting dormant for a few years. I used to have it hooked up to some speakers through a receiver and it worked great. I found the record player in the garage and want to set it up again, but I no longer have the speakers and receiver. I have a Yamaha Yas-109 soundbar hooked up to my TV and thought I could maybe get it to play through there, but it isn't working and I can't figure out why.

The set up I have tried so far is to have the record player go through a pre-amp (Model TC-400) and have that hooked up to the soundbar via an RCA to HDMI converter. No luck with that set up, so I tried to cut out the pre-amp and hook up the record player directly to the soundbar through the RCA to HDMI converter. Still no luck.

I can hear the record playing softly if I get close to the turntable, so I know it is at least working there. I just can't figure out how to get it to play through my soundbar. Is what I am trying to do even possible, or am I just doing something wrong?
 

Gray

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Presumably a TC-400 is a phono preamp, is it?
If so, then the output of that needs to go into an analogue line input on the soundbar (if it's got one).

EDIT: It has got one 👍
 
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jjrj1203

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Presumably a TC-400 is a phono preamp, is it?
If so, then the output of that needs to go into an analogue line input on the soundbar (if it's got one).

Yeah it's a stereo phono pre-amp. Sorry for the ignorance here, but can you help explain what an analogue line is? If that's just the basic RCA cable, then there isn't a plugin for that on the soundbar. It just has HDMI, which is why I thought I could get a converter and get it to work that way.

This is the exact converter I bought: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779SZFFR?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
 

Gray

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Yeah it's a stereo phono pre-amp. Sorry for the ignorance here, but can you help explain what an analogue line is? If that's just the basic RCA cable, then there isn't a plugin for that on the soundbar. It just has HDMI, which is why I thought I could get a converter and get it to work that way.

This is the exact converter I bought: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779SZFFR?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
Don't be sorry for anything 👍
The spec for the soundbar says it has an analogue input.
I've never owned a soundbar, but I think, more often than not on those things, it will be a 3.5mm jack socket labelled as 'Aux'.
 

jjrj1203

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The plug in options I have are in the image below. I have the TV plugin attached to the TV and it works fine. I was trying to connect the record player to the HDMI IN part. Not sure where else to plug it in to.

Yamaha.jpg
 

jjrj1203

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What does your user guide say specifically about the analogue input?
(As it's not shown on the photos I've seen).
Looking this up now. Think I threw the soundbar guide away after I initially set it up.
 

jjrj1203

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Yes I saw those options.
I will download the user guide to see what (if anything) it says about the 'analogue audio' that Yamaha's own website says it has.

The only analogue reference I see in the guide is in regards to the subwoofer out plugin. Not seeing it anywhere else in the manual. Would this mean I can't use it with my turntable? Or is there another converter I can get?
 

Gray

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The only analogue reference I see in the guide is in regards to the subwoofer out plugin. Not seeing it anywhere else in the manual. Would this mean I can't use it with my turntable? Or is there another converter I can get?
Yes, this (or the equivalent):
Then that to the optical input on the 109
 

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