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Selecting phono preamp for Onkyo HT-R510

Which pre-amp will work with a 1980s Marantz turntable and a Onkyo HT-R510? I've seen reference to a magnetic cartridge preamp, but am not sure that will work.

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The magnetic cartridge preamp should work with the turntable, as presumably it will have a magnetic cartridge in it. The only reason that the amp states "magnetic" is that some very old turntables have ceramic cartridges which should not be connected to that terminal. Even if the turntable had a "ceramic" it could be replaced with a magnetic one!

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