This will be a step up sonically than using your Onkyo receiver’s preamp/processor section. You can get receivers with pre outs to run a better power amp for your mains. You should see a label that says phono, with a ground screw right next to it. This pre pro supports 4k video, hdcp 2.2, Dolby Atmos DTS-X & Auro 3D. The tuners in most of these receivers are very good, how about the rest of the preamp parts? These are also the correct switch settings when connecting tables with built-in preamps directly to a receiver or amp PHONO input. To use it as a power amp, connect cables from the Marantz pre-pro’s amplifier outputs to the Pioneer receiver’s multichannel analog inputs. Attach a second set of stereo cables to the left and right "Tape 2 OUT" or "Tape Monitor OUT" jacks on the receiver, then plug the other ends into the "AUX" (auxiliary) jacks on an AV receiver or amplifier. A Yes, you can in theory use your old receiver as a phono preamp for playing records through your new, phono-preamp-less receiver. Note . Another alternative if budget can do it is buy a good preamp with a home theater pass through for listening to music. poppachubby. The main issue with vintage kit – and this goes for vintage amplifiers too – is condition. Lastly, you really don't want to look at that old thing do you?!-Bill. The benefit of doing this is that it takes some load off of the receiver. Receivers came into being in the 1960s as a way of saving space and offering the ability to directly access the radio, which at the time was second only to vinyl in popularity as a source. If the functions are split into two boxes like the 851E and 851W, these are referred to as pre and power amps. It does not mean it is not a good music maker, but it is much better than any table radio we know of. Next, use either the receiver’s remote control or its front panel control buttons to select the Direct Multi Channel In Playback mode. Connect an old stereo receiver with standard cables for use as a preamp. The surround amplifier (or receiver) needs to have pre-outs for the front-left and front-right speakers that bypass the unit’s own power amplification and output an analogue signal to the stereo amp. Post by Njk570 » 04 Nov 2019 11:10 I'm new to the Vinyl world. So more noise is a given. You might sign up for yourself and you can select the local counties near where you live and people offer stuff for free if you just pick it up. It is still nice sounding, but I would not consider it state of the Art in High end land. The great news is that there are several ways to connect a subwoofer to an old amplifier or vintage receiver. It functions fine but always looking for something better, I guess. I keep the remote attached to the back of my TV remote with Velcro so I don't lose it. Separates. It should sound better than using the preamp section of the Marantz receiver. I have a NAD C370 that I'm building a system around and I need a tuner. Looking for more natural sound. 12-20-2010, 09:31 PM. We don’t want two phono equalizers trying to work simultaneously. Your receiver would be a pre amp as far as the front two channels are concerned. Those who own Magnum Dynalab tuners really get how good FM can be in those markets. Can I run my 1978 Marantz receiver with the NAD as a tuner without hurting anything? It is true that loudspeakers and source components are very important as they determine the ultimate clarity but the largest bottleneck is always the preamplifier where everything is routed through. Comments. Any subsequent amplification such as through a power amplifier will not only amplify the signal but the signal plus noise introduced by the preamplifier itself. 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