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Receivers with Phono Input

Updated on November 24, 2014

Receivers with Phono Input - For Vinyl Lovers!

Vinyl is back! But, if you've tried hooking up your record player to your receiver lately, you might be surprised to find that it doesn't have a phono stage.

It's hard to find a home theater receiver with phono inputs. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to play records on your turntable with the same receiver you use to watch movies? I sure think so.

Here are a list of receivers that have a phono stage. If you already own a receiver, another option is to buy a phono pre-amp like the Behringer PP400. A phono pre-amp plugs into any RCA line in (like aux line in or cd line in) so you can use it with just about any receiver.

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Onkyo 7.2 Home Theater A/V Receiver with Phono Input! - No Phono Pre-amp required!

I own an Onkyo home theater receiver and I've been very impressed with it. It is very "smart" (it detects the audio signal and processes it) and has balanced my 5.1 speakers well. It retains the phono inputs and still does the newest technology. I just bought a bluray player and listened to TrueHD audio on it - amazing!

This model even has support for 3D! It's also wireless LAN ready, which means that it can connect to your wifi network if you plug in Onkyo's wireless adapter. We did this on our Onkyo, and it's made streaming music from our computer, Pandora, and vTuner easy!

Onkyo TX-NR737 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver w/ HDMI 2.0
Onkyo TX-NR737 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver w/ HDMI 2.0

Onkyo says that if you love vinyl, they've got you covered!

If you want a receiver that can deliver true 7.2 surround sound, then this receiver may have all of the features you want!

You can connect pretty much anything to this receiver: your turntable, blu-ray player, CD, DVD, more! Amazing!

Plus it has AccuEQ Room Calibration, a system for balancing your speakers so that they will deliver the best possible sound quality!

(BTW, there is no cassette tape input/output, but you could use the VCR/DVR input/output for that.)


Denon AVR-3313CI Networking Home Theater Receiver - 7.2 channel AV Receiver / 125 Watts per Channel

In addition to having a phono input, this has the latest video technology too. This receiver has circuitry to upgrade all video signals to 4K. 4K Video is super high definition (more pixels than 1080p) and it is the newest technology for video display. This means that this receiver is ideal for the new TVs coming out with 4K resolution. 4K TVs are expected to launch in 2013. If you get a receiver that's compatible with this latest technology, then you will be prepared for these tech advancements and won't be looking at buying a new receiver for a long time.

Denon AVR-X4000 7.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater AV Receiver with AirPlay (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Denon AVR-X4000 7.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater AV Receiver with AirPlay (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

HT & Audyssey LFC

DTS Neo:X (9.1 ch), Audyssey Sub E

Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey Sub EQ HT & Audyssey LFC

Three HDMI outputs with multi-zone distribution and InstaPrevue technology

Networking with AirPlay, Pandora, Spotify, & SiriusXM Internet Radio


Marantz SR7007 Home Theater AV Receiver - 7.2 Channels ~ 125W / 165W

Marantz SR7007 7.2 channel Home Theater AV Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Marantz SR7007 7.2 channel Home Theater AV Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Features that distinguish this receiver from others:

Ethernet port for connecting to a network

Apple's AirPlay Wireless Streaming

Internet Radio (vTuner / Pandora / Sirius XM)

DLNA 1.5 for PC Music & Photo Streaming

Multi-Room Audio - 3 Sources / 3 Zones


Looking for a 5.1 or 7.1 Home Theater Receiver with Phono Input? - Here's another option!


It's hard to find a 5.1 or 7.1 home theater receiver with a phono input. Instead of looking for this feature, you could buy any receiver you want, and then buy a separate phono pre-amp like this one. It can hook into any RCA input on any receiver, so you don't need your receiver to have a phono feature.

This little Behringer Phono Preamp has great reviews, and for about $25 it will "bring your vinyl to life!"


Onkyo TX-8050 Network Stereo Receiver - Under $300 Receiver with Dedicated Phono Input

Onkyo TX-8050 Network Stereo Receiver (Black)
Onkyo TX-8050 Network Stereo Receiver (Black)

This is a low cost stereo receiver with a phono input, along with many other features! It has a built in AM/FM tuner. You can also use the optical ports to connect digital signals to it (from you CD, PC, etc). With so many inputs, it will support both older and newer equipment!

This is a "network" receiver, meaning that it can connect to your network and stream radio! It doesn't have built-in wifi, but you can buy a Onkyo wifi adaptor for this.


Modern Yamaha Stereo Amplifier with Phono Input - Connect your turntable directly to this Yamaha Amplifier!

Yamaha A-S500BL Integrated Stereo Amplifier (Black)
Yamaha A-S500BL Integrated Stereo Amplifier (Black)

If you are looking for a great sounding stereo amplifier with a dedicated phono input, this is one to consider. It has great reviews. Customers comment that it's perfect for a 2.1 entry level audiophile sound system, that it's a super amp, amazing for the price, and more.

This stereo amp can connect two two pairs of speakers and a subwoofer. It has inputs for phono, cassette tape, CD, tuner, and a input for an iphone/ipod dock. It can stream music via bluetooth from your comptuer, phone, or other bluetooth portable device.


Close-up of phono input on Yamaha A-S500

Close-up of phono input on Yamaha A-S500
Close-up of phono input on Yamaha A-S500

Don't Miss this Related Article: Integrated Amplifiers with Phono Inputs

Do you play vinyl? - If so, what amplifier or receiver do you use? I'd love to hear about your set-up!

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Marantz sr6010dc Technics SL DL1 linear track turntable Akai GX F71deck. AR-15s and Bose 301s.

      Rock the house

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      janey126 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lens! Just awesome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use Technics SLD30 turntable with JVC AX-R551BK. Great sound âº

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      Bjornfr25 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I have the old onkyo 787

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      JohnBoo 5 years ago

      Mmm i'm a gadget freak, so nice lens for me ;-))!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a dozen setups but the most unique is a Technics SL-Q3 turntable, Shure V-15 III cartridge, Dyna PAS 3 preamp going into an old PC with DiamondCut's DC8 realtime processing to get rid of unwanted impulses and other noises. Then the signal heads to a low powered Onkyo receiver from the late 1970s and to a pair of Mirage SM-3 speakers. I sit about four feet from the speakers. Sound horrible, doesn't it? The remarkable thing about this setup is how beautifully it reproduces MUSIC. I can hear every breath as Casals plays Bach, every nuance of Black Dog including ALL the bad notes Led Zeppelin kept in just to shown their swagger and all the jewel-like swoop and sway a Gustav Leonhardt conducts the 4th Brandenburg. Right next to this setup is another similar one using a bright Audio Technica 8008 cartridge going straight into the Onkyo for LPs that are in really perfect condition and need no digital scrubbing. I tell you, on this rig the Mirage SM-3 speakers let you hear the molecules re-arrange themselves if Sandy Denny just looks at the mic or looks away during a take. The remarkable thing to me is how much of great sound is just good old-fashioned tweaking! And how little is following the rules and unnecessarily spending BIG money--

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an old one Onkyo787.

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      TKsKnacks 6 years ago

      Mcintosh that I have heard in the past hooked up to external speakers has sounded amazing, they are a company now based in L.A. I believe but good stuff.

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      Jason Sositko 6 years ago

      I have a JVC RX-5060 receiver, My turnatble is a cheaper Pioneer with the moving magnet cartridge with the built in pre-amp, this turntable is certainly not audiophile quality, but it's a step up from the Sony, same guts as the Pioneer, better needle though, I did notice a big difference in detail, only 20 dollars difference, I use the Pro logic settings for quad records, I know this isn't the same as vintage equipment, but I could tell a big difference in sound effect comparing the same titles in quad and regular formats.