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How To Use Headphones With a Turntable

Do you like to listen to music on vinyl? If so, you need to know how to use headphones with a turntable. In this blog post, we will discuss the different ways that you can do this. We will also provide some tips for getting the best sound quality. Keep reading to learn more!

Can I use my own headphones with a turntable?

The short answer to this question is yes, you can. You can use whatever headphones you like with your turntable.

In most cases, your turntable’s headphone jack will be a standard stereo 3.5 mm output. This means that you can use a regular headphone cable to connect it to any set of headphones. However, if your turntable has a mono output instead, you need an adapter to convert the signal into a stereo one before connecting it to your headphones. Mono RCA jacks are usually found on older record players while more modern ones, particularly higher-end models, will have a stereo 3.5 mm output instead. This jack usually has a symbol of two ear speakers with one or more +’s in between.

If your turntable has no output jack and is being powered by a wall adapter with no headphone output terminal, there is nothing you can do unless you find a different power supply or use an external amplifier to drive the headphones.

However, you need to understand that each method will give you different sound quality. Let’s take a look at the different ways that you can do this.

turntable with headphones

Vinyl to AUX cable

You can start by using an aux cable with your turntable. This is the most affordable way to connect headphones to your turntable. A vinyl to aux cable comes with a standard headphone jack. This means that you can plug any set of headphones into it.

This is also the simplest way to use headphones with a turntable. You just need to run the cable from your turntable to your music player. Then, you can plug in your headphones and start using them right away!

RCA cables

RCA cables are another affordable option for listening to music through your turntable. You can find this type of cable at most electronics stores, including the store that you bought your turntable from.

Similar to using an aux cable, you will plug one end of the RCA cables into your turntable and plug in your headphones on the other end.

record player with headphones

Turntables with built-in preamplifiers

Do you have a turntable with a built-in preamplifier? If so, this is the best way to use headphones because they will give you the best sound quality. An integrated preamp means that your turntable has its own external power source. This is just another way of saying that it has its own built-in amplifier.

Turntables with an integrated preamp are equipped with either a dedicated headphone jack or RCA outputs. You can easily plug in your headphones to the dedicated output and start using them right away!

You will get better sound quality with an integrated preamp. The main reason for this is that turntables without a built-in preamp need to use the power from your receiver to power them up. However, using headphones will take away some sound energy, so you will not get as good of sound quality.

Can I use my Bluetooth headphones with a turntable?

Yes, it is possible to use Bluetooth headphones with a turntable. In fact, it is even possible to use wireless headphones with a regular turntable. The only requirement is that the turntable has a Bluetooth connection.

How do I connect my turntable and Bluetooth headphones?

If your turntable has no output jack, then there is no set-up needed to use it with Bluetooth headphones. Assuming the headphones have Bluetooth capability, they should be able to connect directly to the turntable. In case your turntable has a Bluetooth connection, it will automatically be enabled when you turn on the headphones.

First, make sure that the volume on both the turntable and the headphones is turned all the way down. Then, turn on your turntable and put the Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode (consult your headphones’ user manual for specific details). You should now be able to play music or control the volume on either device.

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