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Old philips record player from the 50s?
arneland
post Dec 25 2012, 17:11
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Hello everyone,

earlier today i found this old philips record player in my grandma's attic. I have no idea how old it is, but the records still spin. I was wondering if it would be possible to get some sound out of this baby. There is one cable for audio output, but I don't have any idea which kind of speaker/box I need.

Could you help me out? Also, would it be possible to identify this record player? You can find some the pictures below, please click on the thumbnails.

Thank you for your help and have a merry christmas,
Arne




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DVDdoug
post Dec 26 2012, 17:16
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I was wondering if it would be possible to get some sound out of this baby. There is one cable for audio output, but I don't have any idea which kind of speaker/box I need.
I assume the cable has RCA type connectors? (2 if stereo, 1 if mono)

My guess is, it's going to work! As Fedot says, be careful if you have any "collector" records that you want to preserve. Otherwise, old LPs are a "dime a dozen" and I wouldn't worry about it.

I don't see a volume control, so most likely there are no capacitors, tubes or any other "electronics" inside.

For starters, get an adapter to plug-into your comuter's microphone input. This is going to sound terrinle because it's the wrong interface, but you'll know if you are getting sound. Because resords have RIAA equalization, and your computer's mic input doesn't have the compensating equalization, you'll get all treble and no bass. I'd suggest you plug-in a computer mic 1st to make sure your computer is configured to get sound from the mic input. (And, get a "computer mic". A mic made for a live use or recording is the wrong signal/interface for a computer mic input.)

There were two basic types of phono cartridges (AKA "pickup"... the part the holds the stylus/needle and picks-up the sound). If you don't have any experience with this stuff, there's no easy way to know which type you have... sad.gif The most common type of cartricge is a magnetic cartridge. Magnetic cartridges need a phono preamp to boost the signal and provide RIAA equalization. In the old-days, every stereo receiver had a special phono-input with a preamp built-in. In order to plug-into a modern stereo, you'll need a separate preamp, something like this. The output of the preamp connects to any normal line level audio input on your stereo, or TV, or whatever. If you have a desktop computer you can plug the preamp-output into yoru soundcard's line-input. (The signal is too strong for mic input.)

If the turntable has a crystal or ceramic cartridge. These require a high-impedance input, and it's not going to be easy to find anything to plug it into (and the signal is too strong for a phono preamp). I'd suggest you go-ahead and buy a cheap phono preamp and give it a try. You could (possibly) upgrade to a magnetic cartridge (if it will fit). But, it's probably not worth doing that. The cheapest cartridge at Needle doctor is $25 USD.

Good luck!

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