How to Connect a Turntable to an A/V Receiver

By Maya Austen

Since most turntables are equipped with RCA audio line out jacks, and all AV receivers are equipped with RCA audio line in jacks, connecting a turntable to an AV receiver is not at all complicated to do. Don't let all of the jacks, ports, and knobs that you see on the back of your AV receiver throw you. You don't have to be an engineer to figure this out. You basically just have to insert two plugs; however, first you need to know where they go.

Things You'll Need

  • Set of RCA audio cables

Step 1

Unplug the AV receiver's power cord, and disconnect the turntable from its power source before you perform any cable connections. This is just a precautionary measure to guard against accidental electrical shock.

Step 2

Plug the one end of the red RCA audio cable into the turntable's red RCA line out jack (sometimes labeled "R" for Right audio signal). Plug one end of the white RCA audio cable into the turntable's white RCA line out jack (sometimes labeled "L" for Left audio signal).

Step 3

Look on the back of the AV receiver. There should be several columns of jacks. Each column is dedicated to a specific type of audio or audio/video device. For example, one column may be reserved for a CD player or CD recorder device. Another column of jacks may be reserved for a DVD player device. Each column is labeled. Look for the column labeled "Phono." If your AV receiver does not have a column with this label, don't worry. The column labels merely function as suggestions. You can actually connect your turntable to any column which has RCA audio jacks. If a "Phono" column is not available, pick another available column.

Step 4

Connect the other end of each RCA audio cable (from step 2) into the AV receiver's RCA line in jacks, which are reserved for the turntable. Remember, each plug needs to match the color of the jack it's inserted into.

Step 5

Plug the AV receiver's power cord into a wall outlet or power strip. Plug the turntable's power cord into a wall outlet or power strip.

Tips & Warnings

  • To listen to the turntable through the AV receiver, turn on both devices. Press the "Phono" source button on the AV receiver's front panel. If you used a different source to connect the turntable to the AV receiver (step 3), press the source button dedicated to whichever column you used. Now play a record on the turntable. (This, of course, assumes that your speakers have already been connected to the AV receiver.)