ChatterBank2 mins ago
Record player is too quiet!
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A CD player, tape player or radio tuner all give out signal at what is called Line Level, which can be connected straight into an amp. Record decks give out signal quiter than this, owing to the lack of electronics within the unit - the signal is closer to that of a microphone, which couldn't be plugged straight into an amp.
A pre-amp brings the record player level up to line level, so it can be connected straight into the amp, which you would need - however many amps already have pre-amps built in, across a phono channel.
What is the make / model of your amp? If it has a phono channel, route it through this, or make sure any switches are set to Phono / Mic input.
For a cheap pre-amp try Maplin. For the 'best' try looking for the Pro-Ject Phono Box (but it might set you back about �40).
Otherwise get the small Bush turntable for not much more (reviewed in What Hi-Fi believe it or not!) which has a built-in pre-amp that is switchable. Model MTT1 now replaced by MTT2? approx. �49
If the DJ turntable is a good 'un, I'd recommend spending the money on a pre-amp. I agree that Maplin is one place to start. If the results aren't good enough, however, and you're serious about playing vinyl, then you may want to look for a decent hifi turntable and pre-amp.
Re the pre-amp, regardless of which turntable you use, you would almost certainly be better off buying one of Cambridge Audio's own phono pre-amps designed to go with their amps. These are the Azur 540P and Azur 640P, the first of which should suffice nicely. You can get it from Richer Sounds currently for about �40.
Respect where it's due. True, the Bush might not be thought of as Hi-Fi (not sure how good DJ turntables are though) but, as I said, you'd have to see the What Hi-Fi review to believe it! A good pre-amp will probably be the best - mine is the Pro-Ject for a Dual Hi-Fi turntable. The Bush was bought to connect to the computer for transferring LPs (it can also be connected to a 'midi' system).
Didn't realise that the Azurs were so cheap.