You shouldn't be having gain problems with 2.2mV output. Not if everything you said is correct. If the receiver has switchable MC/MM input though, and its on MM instead of MC, that would certainly do it.
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Fair enough. Unfortunately, a MM cartridge is not an option with the RX2. The SMMC carts are the only choice.
I was hoping to avoid it, but it sounds like the external phono stage is my only option if I want to go above a "mildly moderate" level, which I'd like the option to do so.
Thanks for your help.
Thank you for the response. It's certainly as detailed as I could ask for.
Had this have been a choice between a built in stage on the turntable itself, I'd definitely have been using a discrete preamp already, but I was trying to go with that of the receiver because it is likely "good enough". My records are more "kids recording on a shoestring budget" and less audiophile pressing of Dark Side of the Moon, so they can only sound so good. And as I said above, simplicity for the sake of others was desired, if I could go that way.
The more I've looked at things, the more I've seen that you are completely right. I've been looking at the Schiit Mani as a "this will work for now" solution that I can try out and maybe find that it will work long term. It's certainly cheap enough to take a flyer on.
Thanks to everyone for taking the time,
Thanks, I will.
To satisfy my own curiosity (and as a strictly academic sort of question), I've looked up the formula for calculating gain required to bring a signal up to a specific level. That brought me to one question:
To determine the level that I'd be shooting for, would I be looking at the line input sensitivity of the equipment I will be hooking the pre-amp up to?