Question: How do I connect my Audio-Technica turntable to powered speakers?
Answer: All Audio-Technica turntables have an analog output (RCA connection) which will allow the user to connect directly to powered speakers. This is possible since our engineers integrated an internal RIAA preamp into all of our turntables. Powered speakers are equipped with an internal power amplifier, their own power connection and, often, a volume control. Input jacks on powered speakers can vary, so we include two adapter cables with our turntables to make connection to different types of powered speakers easy. The setups, discussed below, are quick and simple.
Setup #1. RCA input on powered speakers
- Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable into the corresponding RCA inputs on the powered speaker.
Setup #2 – 3.5 mm (female) input on powered speakers
- Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable to the included RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) adapter cable, making sure to match red plug to red plug and white to white. Then connect the adapter cable’s 3.5 mm mini-plug to the powered speakers’ Line Level* input.
*Note: The input on your powered speakers may be identified by various labels, including AUX, Input, and iPod.
Setup #3 – 3.5 mm (male) input on powered speakers
- Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable to the included RCA to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) adapter cable.* Then connect the adapter’s 3.5 mm mini-plug to the powered speakers’ 3.5 mm input cable.
*Note: Some RCA adapters may have red and black plugs instead of red and white plugs. This is fine, just match red to red and white to black.
Once your connections are made from the turntable to the powered speakers, you may connect the AC power cable that came with your powered speakers and follow the manufacturer’s directions for powering on the speakers. You will need to make certain that the preamp selector switch on the rear of your turntable is set to LINE.
Follow the video links below for additional turntable setup instructions:
If you have more questions about your Audio-Technica turntable, please contact our Audio Solutions Department.