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Stereo and Integrated amp

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vmscbe1974

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Friends is there any difference betweena stereo amp and integrated amp? to listen to Vinyl does one need power amplifier to boost weak signals. Opinions solicited.
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Stereo amps are two channel amps. Integrated amps have the preamp and sometimes DAC installed in the same box. So an integrated amp can be a stereo amp with volume, bass, treble, balance controls and a whole lot of other stuff depending on the model.A stereo amp can just be the power amp with no controls.
I am not a Vinyl user so cant help you there ,but Phono input is necessary on the integrated amp or an external phono gadget. maybe Vinyl guys can help you out in detail.
 

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When we say Stereo its Two Channel amplifier- Left and Right which came to picture when the Stereo was introduced in market.
When we say Integrated its Nothing but Preamp and Power amplifier integrated in same Box.

Most of the LP's will be MONO(When it comes to south Indian Music),So whether its stereo amp or Mono Amp it doesnt make much difference.

In Layman's term, A Stereo amp has Two Inputs (L+R) and Mono will have One Input.

So when we come to Vinyls , You Need a Phono preamp(Just Boost the Signals from the TT) when then feed into Power amp.

Power amp add the Wats to the Signal
Preamp(Include Phono) Just make the signal stronger,So that Power amp could easily drive the speakers with the Signal.
 

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stereo amps are any amplifier than can amplify two channels.

Integrated amps are those amplifiers which apart from the power amp section, also have volume, tone controls, phono stages, source selectors etc (othewise stuff you would find in a preamp)

power amps will not have a phono stage, so the answer to your question is no.
 

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Is this connection the right way : turntable to phono preamp - power amp - Amplifier - Speaker
 

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Is this connection the right way : turntable to phono preamp - power amp - Amplifier - Speaker


Power Amp is final amplifying device before speaker. So correct order is- Turntable to Phono Pre-amp to Power-Amp to Speaker. But be sure that Phono Pre-amp has volume control and turn the volume control down before making connection or play anything.
 
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