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What is the Phono input for and what is so special about it?
The phono input is intend for a record turntable. Your receiver may or may not have one.

You shouldn't ever connect anything other than a turntable to this port. The voltage level is different than that of regular connections. You cold damage your equipment if you do. Some receivers actually have different inputs for turntables with either ceramic or magnetic cartridges. This is rare today.

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