How do you ground a turntable preamp?
Furthermore, does my turntable need to be grounded?
Turntables that do not have a built-in preamp need grounding. Turntables that need grounding feature a cable that needs to be attached to your preamp (whether it's an external preamp, mixer, amplifier). Turntables that are not grounded will produce an obvious humming sound.
Also to know is, why do you need a preamp for a turntable?
What we need is something that will boost that PHONO signal to Line Level. In simple terms, Line Level is a type of signal which your speakers and other audio equipment can read. A preamp is what converts or boosts a PHONO signal to Line Level. However, not every preamp is good in doing so.
Locate your turntable's grounding wire. It is typically connected to the underside of the metal turntable chassis and has an unconnected copper spade connector. Most turntable grounding wires are green, although yours may be a different color.