Connect Old Amp to PC

November 1, 2009 at 03:22:58
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have an old amp which I would like to connect to my PC so that I can play or record my old vinyl. The only outputs on the amp (its old), are the old fashioned speaker connectors and an headphone jack. I thought I could connect the headphone jack to the pc mic or line in socket but I stil have no sound. Can anyone help?

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November 1, 2009 at 04:53:16
try switching cables

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November 1, 2009 at 05:46:33
Does your amp have phono input? Either output should work to
the line in. The head phone output probably would be better..

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November 1, 2009 at 07:10:45
The Amp has lots of inputs (i.e. tape, phono, aux, etc.) but the only output is the headphone socket or speaker cables. I only have the one cable but I know it works because it works between my wifes pc and speakers. I have a feeling its some sort of setting I am missing...

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November 1, 2009 at 08:08:58
I think if I remember correctly, you need to plug the turntable in to phono input on the amp , then go from the turntable out to the sound card. Use your speaker port on the soundcard to connect the output from the turntable.

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November 1, 2009 at 08:36:12
Start by checking you're getting something from the headphone socket - plug a pair in & see if you can hear anything. If nothing heard in headphones then nothing much you can do except get a cheap pre-amp from RadioShack/Maplins. If you can hear sound, then set the amp volume level about midway and connect to line-in on your soundcard (usually lime green in colour). Then right-click the speaker icon in the system tray, click 'mixer' or 'properties' and check that the 'line in' is enabled and volume is set.

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November 1, 2009 at 13:08:09
Have you considered investing in a usb turntable?

Would think this would give better quality than an old amp.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 1, 2009 at 13:25:09
Thanks for your feedback guys. I have checked the headphone socket and it definately works no problem.

Johnr, will check the settings tomorrow and let you know if it works. I definately think it's a software/settings problem but who knows I'm a bit of a novice.

The whole point of this for me is that my turntable and amp are both old but top quality (particularly the turntable), and they have been wasting away in a spare room. I have been slowly converting my old favourites to CD using Magix Audio cleaning lab. However, I cannot hear the sound when recording so I am limited to listening to albums I have already put onto cd. I want to be able to play a vinyl album without unplugging my pc speakers if this is possible.

Thanks for your help guys...

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November 1, 2009 at 15:22:33
If the old equipment is top shelf stuff then play the music through the amp, not the computer. If you want to rip the tunes to MP3 then you will need an output. The turntable connected directly to the line in on the sound card might work. The headphone jack may also work but you will need to take care on setting the volume.

At any rate you would use line in port on the sound card. I do the opposite with Sansui Vietnam era receiver and speakers. Much better sound than computer speakers.

Do you also have old speakers?

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