Thorens TD 160 Mk 11 connecting to a Pioneer XC L7 receiver

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Hi all, just joined the forum. I have a 30-year old Thorens TD 160 Mk 11 with a Goldring Elektra cartridge and, due to moving some furniture around, would like to connect it to a Pioneer XC-L7 receiver but the volume is barely audible. Anyone know what's wrong?

I used to enjoy messing around with hi-fi but now I just want to hear my old albums.

Thanks
 

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Hiya, and welcome to the forum.

Are you plugging your turntable into an "aux" and not "phono" input?

If so, and your XC-L7 doesn't have a input marked "phono", you will need to purchase a separate phono stage to go inbetween the Thorens and your Pioneer. This is because the output from a MM cartridge like the Elektra is around 1/200th of that of say a CD player. Most micro and mini systems won't have a phono stage as standard.

These can be bought from around £20, all they way up into the thousands. For what you have, I would suggest that the Vivanco phono preamp from Richer Sounds at £20 should do the job fine.

http://www.richersounds.com/product/phono-pre-amps/vivanco/pa111/viva-pa111-prea

Hope this helps...
 

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