Do I need a phono preamp?

The Orbit produces a "phono" signal. You will need a phono preamp to convert this to a "line level" (i.e. AUX) signal. If you have an amp or receiver with a "phono" input then you are all set, otherwise you will need a phono preamp. 

Three of the most common turntable setups are:

  • Turntable receiver (w/ phono input)  passive speakers
  • Turntable + phono preamp powered speakers
  • Turntable + phono preamp amplifier  passive speakers

We offer the Pluto Phono Preamp as both a separate component as well as a built-in option for the Orbit Turntable. If you are in the market for a new amplifier or speakers, make sure you check out our equipment recommendations!

Connecting the Orbit to a phono preamp

If using a separate phono preamp:

First, connect the Orbit to your phono preamp. To do this, use the included RCA cable and plug one end into the Orbit and the other end into the 'Input' of the phono preamp. 

Next, using another RCA cable (not included), plug one end into the 'Output' of the phono preamp and the other end into the input on your receiver, amp, or powered speakers.


If using a receiver with a built-in phono preamp: 

If your receiver has a dedicated PHONO input on the back, then you don't need a separate phono preamp. You can connect the Orbit directly to your receiver using the included RCAs.


Connecting your speakers

There are two different types of speakers: powered and passive

  • Powered speakers do not require an amplifier or receiver because they have a built-in power amplifier

  • Passive speakers require a separate receiver or power amplifier

Any speaker you can directly connect your computer, phone, or other digital source to is a powered speaker. Regardless of the speakers you choose, proper speaker installation and placement makes a huge difference. This article goes a good job explaining how to set your speakers up..


If using powered speakers:

If you are using powered speakers, connect the 'Output' of your phono preamp to the speakers using an RCA cable. That's it!

If using passive speakers:

Passive speakers require a separate receiver or amp. In order to connect your speakers to your amp you will need speaker wire.

Connect the speaker wires to the speaker terminals on the back of the amp and then to the terminals on the speakers.

Usually, the terminals will be colored black and red. Black means 'ground' and red means 'signal.' Make sure you connect the wires black-to-black and red-to-red for each speaker. 

Once everything is hooked up, make sure your receiver is turned on and set to 'Phono' mode.