I just upgraded my TV to HDTV, and had to buy a new receiver to handle my home theater. I have not been in the market for a receiver in about 10 years, so this is the first time I've encountered the absence of phono jacks on new receivers.
I went to my Mom & Pop stereo store, and bought a phono preamp. It does not have a ground connection for the turntable ground wire, but they advised me to ground it to the chassis of the receiver. Well, every part of my component system sounds great except for the turntable. I'm basically not getting any volume out of it. I have to turn it WAY up to get any kind of real "umph" out of it, and then (of course) it's full of noise and hum.
Is this a grounding issue? Is this a preamp quality issue? Is this a Magnetic cartridge issue? Please advise. I miss my vinyl. Thanks.
Stats: Pioneer PL-55x turntable
Sure M97XE cartridge (magnetic)
Onkyo TX-SR605 receiver
(maybe) a TCC TC-400 preamp. Don't remember now.