Speaker distortion when playing my stereo

I hooked up a pair of Klipsch R-61 II speakers to a SX 850 Pioneer Receiver. I can hardly turn the volume up, and the sound is distorted. There is also a popping noise, when I turn the receiver on/off. The receiver is 60 watts per channel. Is the receiver too powerful for these speakers? Any solutions to correct this? Thanks.

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I found out I can crank the AM/FM radio way up. It's just the phonograph that distorts and won't handle much volume. Any solutions. Thanks.

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not really, other than amplify the signal

Your receiver is 40-50 years old. Maybe the phonograph needs some new transistors, or maybe even tubes, although I remember those disappearing around 1970's in most electronic items.

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Also caps.

Capacitors tend to also peter out after that many years as well. It's done well to get this far, I'd go shopping.

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