What Is The Reason for My Record Player Being So Quiet?
Turn up the volume!
I know you’ve already tried that.
Many reasons can account for a record player’s excessive noise.
It remains, however, that the same reason applies. Preamplifiers are to blame.
In order to avoid getting overwhelmed, we’ll dive right into record player troubleshooting and discover just what’s causing your record player to be so quiet.
How Come My Record Player Is So Quiet?
Record players are generally quiet by nature. Two times the frequency of the electrical signal is needed to amplify the signal produced by these objects.
An external or internal preamp amplifies it to a line level similar to a CD player first. Once it has been amplified again, your speakers will be able to hear it.
When everything is configured correctly, the system shouldn’t be quiet. However, it may still be quiet for other reasons.
Several factors contribute to the quietness of record players
Let’s assume a preamplifier will boost the signal from your record player to line level, and an amplifier will then boost that signal further.
If that’s the case, you have a problem. Other factors may be at play as well.
There is a problem with the wiring
Many people who do not understand how record players work plug RCA cables into receiver inputs.
This makes sense because it is half-right. You must first determine the following things:
Are there internal preamps in your record player?
Preamplifiers are essential to record players. A preamp can either be an external unit or integrated into an amplifier. Alternatively, you can use the preamp that lives at the phono input on your receiver.
If you are using a preamp, then only use that. That is the correct signal chain. Multiple preamps will cause distortion.
Check the user manual to determine if your model has an internal preamp. In that case, you will need to decide whether to use the receiver’s preamp or a separate preamp.
The setup can begin once you decide which preamp to use (only one).
Have you turned on the internal preamp?
You must turn on the internal preamp if you wish to use it. Several modern models have one.
The preamp must be able to be turned off if you want to use an external preamp. Otherwise, the record player is worthless. Some people enjoy experimenting with external preamps.
When your preamp is on, don’t use your receiver’s phono input. The receiver would then use its own preamp. The phono input on your expensive receiver might be damaged by using both preamps.
Is your receiver equipped with a phono input?
A phono input can be found on most audio receivers. Record players use this input only. Using a preamplifier, it will raise your unit’s level to an acceptable line level that can then be amplified to the speakers.
If your receiver has one of these inputs and your record player does not have an external or internal preamp, connect the RCA jacks to the receiver’s phono input.
What jack on your receiver did you plug it into?
Record players are usually connected to inputs on receivers randomly. There are usually many messy wires, and getting to the jacks is hard, so you do it fast to end the misery.
This happens every single day! When not connected to the phono jack, the record player may be exceptionally quiet.
There will be no noise at all, but you will be able to hear it. You do not need a standalone preamp when you’re using a built-in preamp or a standalone preamp if you’re using a standalone preamp. Both of those will work with any open input. You just can’t use them with phono input.
If you discover that the line-level input is a CD or video, simply plug it into the phono jack. The sound will be wonderful now.
Additional Reasons The Volume Might Be Affected
There could be a problem with the record
Over time, records that have been played hundreds of times become quiet. Older pressings are prone to this. Playing a record out not only makes it quieter, but it also degrades the sound.
There is a possibility that your preamp is failing
In some cases, preamplifiers just wear out and stop working, or they are manufactured with some defects that cause them to fail. Trying switching to another preamp will let you know if this is the problem.
It is possible that your stylus has worn out
As styluses wear down, they sound bad and become extremely quiet. You can use a magnifying glass to make sure there is still a distinct point on your stylus. It should be replaced if it has flattened.
You may have a defective or old cart
The wear and tear on these parts is inevitable. Cartridges lose their effectiveness as they become too quiet over time, just like styluses. See if the problem is resolved by switching to a backup cartridge.
The connections on your turntable may need to be adjusted
If you use solder joints, you can expect them to last a long time. Over time, they are subject to degradation due to environmental factors, especially if they are exposed to cigarette smoke for an extended period of time.
It might be worth tearing apart an old system if you have exhausted all other possibilities.
The repair on your inexpensive record player will cost more than its replacement, so it may be time to get a new one after excluding all other possible causes.
It is possible that your RCA cables are faulty
This happens so often. As a result of their poor design and inexpensive price, many of these cables break their soldered connections due to bending and general use. RCA cables should be replaced if nothing else works.
Quiet Record Player: Final Thoughts
Record players that are too quiet are usually caused by the preamplifier and amplifier. Make sure they are configured correctly.
Possible causes of this include another one of those listed above. You should be able to resolve the problem by checking each one one by one. If the record player doesn’t work, you might need to take it to a repair shop, provided the player is of high quality. An inexpensive new model usually costs less than an expensive new model.