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Sean_o
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1st Time Turntable owner w/basic questions

I just bought a Music Hall USB-1 turntable.  This is my first turntable and have no idea, other than speakers, what other pieces of equipment to buy.  The day I bought it I plugged it into a 20 year old Bose Wave-machine, but the sound was extremely faint.  I'm now assuming I will need some sort of amp or receiver (my ignorance here should indicate my level of knowledge), but dont know which to go with.  

I've also recently bought a bass guitar (the bass is just for fun and won't be leaving the house) and was wondering if I went with the amp option for the TT would I be able to use it for the bass also? Could a receiver work with the bass?

My end goal (other than excellent sounding music) is to be able to play a record with the bass turned down so I can play along with it on my bass guitar.

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may need pre-amplifier

If the turntable comes with a moving magnet (MM) cartridge, you will need a pre-amplifier ('pre-amp') with an RIAA equalization. The pre-amp is basically a low signal amplifier that brings it up to a level that the Bose will accept, and provide equalization (reduces treble and boosts bass) to make the sound correct. LPs are recorded with a boosted treble and reduced bass so the music won't make overly big groove swings and fit more music onto the disk. The RIAA corrects for that pre-boost.

Great - you got a bass guitar. Use a music instrument amplifier or bass guitar amp for the guitar. A stereo amp is not made for that use - same goes for stereo speakers. Guitar amps are not high-fidelity or flat-response, because you are producing music, not re-producing music that a stereo does. You may get close to flat response with proper adjustement of the tone controls, but I doubt it.

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That turntable has a built in phono preamp.

Make sure the phono/line selector is set to phono.

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I think LINE is the proper selection for him...

The manual shows PHONO for bypassing the built-in preamp and LINE to output line level and use the built-in preamp. I assume this Bose thing requires line-level so LINE should be selected. 

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You are probably correct.

The manual is about as clear as mud. Thanks.

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Thanks for the help!

I'm out of town for the next week but I look forward to trying your suggestions!

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