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Requirements to use BeoLab 6000 with turntable.

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KasperW
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KasperW posted on Thu, Aug 12 2021 2:25 PM

Hi,

I have ordered a turntable and a phono pre-amp and am aware that my pair of BeoLab 6000 speakers are active. However, the volume control for these is always on the B&O sound system and that therefore I will have no volume control when plugging into the RCA port of the speakers directly from the pre-amp.

My question is will this set-up still produce sound or will it be unbearably loud/quiet? Do I need to buy an amplifier?

Thanks! 

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Hyponx
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Hyponx replied on Thu, Aug 12 2021 3:03 PM

If you had this chain: Turntable > Phono preamp > Beolab 6000 you are correct that it will most likely be extremely loud, assuming the phono preamps gain is decently matched to the turntable cartridges gain.

You do not need an amplifier (though some can be used as a preamp). You need a preamp.

Here is a very simple model preamp as an example:

https://www.schiit.com/products/sys

This will allow you to convert the fixed gain output of the phono-pre-amp to variable gain and thus give you volume control.

 

 

 

KasperW
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Thank you very much for the quick reply - very helpful!

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Andrew replied on Sun, Aug 15 2021 11:36 AM

I've used one of these before - they are cheap and use no power but simply act as a volume control between your phono amp and the speakers - it's the cheapest option but also great results as its the cleanest path to the speakers. If you're handy with electronics there are remote controlled versions available on ebay but you need a power supply and a case to build them into. Here is  link to the passive one (there are other nicer looking ones around though)

 

Fostex PC-1eB Passive Volume Control for Desktop Speakers - Black : Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments & DJ

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