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How to Set Up a Vinyl System

by Bill Welles

1. Location, Location, Location

Let’s start with the easy stuff! The first thing you need to decide is where you want to place your record player. It should be on a flat, level surface. It’s worth using a level to actually make sure things are level, and you may have to adjust the feet of your turntable to really get things into place. 

You also don’t want your record player too close to the speakers you are going to use -- same goes for any subwoofer you might be using.


2. Belts Aren’t Just for Pants

Most record players are belt-driven, and you’ll probably have to get the belt set up. Lift up the platter and thread the belt around it -- there’s usually a groove -- then place the platter back into the system and thread the belt around the motor. Make sure there aren’t any kinks in the belt while you are doing this, as well. 

3. Amping Things Up 

The signal that comes from a record player needs to be boosted before going through your speakers. This can be done in one of several ways -- some speakers have a pre-amp and amp built in, some record players have a pre-amp built in, while others require you to use separate components. 

Make sure to do your homework to see what type of record player you are getting -- or what type you want to get -- and keep that in mind when picking out the rest of your set up. 

4. Connecting Everything Up  

With your player level and your pre-amp all figured out, you are ready to move things along. Connect your record player to your speakers (whether through a pre-amp or a built-in one) and plug it in. 

And then well, it’s time for the fun part. Put a record on and get ready to hear music the way it’s meant to be heard -- at 45 RPM.

Record players are making a big come back, and there’s no reason to be stressed about setting up your first one! If you have any more questions -- or are looking for the best local place to buy one -- stop by or give us a call! We’ll be glad to help you with all your vinyl needs.