McIntosh MX120 - do I need preamp for phono?

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  1. KevinL

    KevinL Active Member

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    Hi. I just got around to hooking up a turntable to my MX120. It’s almost inaudible. Do I need a preamp or is the phono section broken?

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  2. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    Here's a copy of that unit's owners manual. all 82 pages.

    http://www.berners.ch/McIntosh/Downloads/MX120_own.pdf

    From what I can see, it doesn't include a built in phono pre-amp. Generally, if a unit doesn't have an input specifically labelled "phono", or some such, there is no internal phono pre-amp.
     
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  3. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    There's no phono pre-amp section or phono ground on the MX120. You'll need a separate phono pre-amp with RCA outputs.
     
  4. KevinL

    KevinL Active Member

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    Thanks! I just hooked one up and voila.
     
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    sweet...

    Enjoy!
     
  6. Audiofreak71

    Audiofreak71 Boerboelicious Subscriber

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    On the manual in specifications it states the specs for the phono stage which is interesting and would appear that the unit does have a built in phono stage . All I can see on the back of the unit is PH/AUX .

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