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I have a Denon AVR-987. Just picked up a Pioneer PLX-1000

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I have a Denon AVR-987. Just picked up a Pioneer PLX-1000 turntable. Hooked it up but has static especially at high end of the volume range? Any suggestions. Using phono jack with ground. All connections are good.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Static is on right channel only. Tried new RCA cables switched to CD analog as well, but volume too low using alternative CD input.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

This is primarily an issue of insufficient primary amplification/signal out of the turntable, as the denon doesn't have an internal phono preamp. You'll need to add in an external phono preamplifier between the turntable and the denon:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I would agree but why only on the right channel? The left is quite, as it should be. Meaning it has no static. I followed the receivers manufacture recommendation and am using a MC high output cartridge on the turntable.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
In addition unlike the analog CD channel the volume on the phono input is correct
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

If you swap the cables left for right, does that make a difference (moving to the other side)?
If so, it could be a short in the cord or a fault in the output of the turntable or even a bad cartridge.

If no change, then it may be a signal processing or amp issue in the denon.

If you are using the internal phono input though, that does have some preamplification but doesn't work with all units, and could have a fault in the one channel. I'm betting you'd find using the external preamp on the cd/tape/etc ports would work fine.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will go and get one and let know.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

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