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Old 16th February 2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default How could I plug analogic speakers to my computer?

Hi, I don't know if I should post this here, if I'm wrong, please tell me.

I have these speakers:
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They are like 20 year old or so, they were used on a radio/cassette/vinyl player.

They have this connection:
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I want to plug them to my computer so I've been joining these wires with a jack 3.5 wire (that I took from some headphones that didn't work) with no result. If you have any idea on how to plug them, please let me know.

Thank you !!

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Old 17th February 2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Hi Zangib i cant see your photos . As you are having to connect a 3.5mm plug to the speakers I am guessing that they are not active speakers ,meaning they dont have a built in amplifier . The output from your computer will be at line level and will not drive speakers directly .
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Old 17th February 2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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You need to connect an amplifier in between the computer and the speakers. A 3.5mm jack plug to a pair of RCA plugs would link the amplifier to the computer and then the bare copper wires of the speakers link to the amplifier outputs.
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Old 17th February 2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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Can you detail your budget and the quality that you are expecting.

If all you want is "noise" then it's probably just as economical to go any buy a pair of computer speakers.

If you are after Hi-Fidelity then we need to know your budget so that we can recommend a few solutions.

Also your DIY ability would be a useful tool so that we knbow what you are capable of achieving.
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Old 17th February 2012, 11:33 AM   #5
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But basically you have the computer which is a "Line-Level" source, similar to any other Hi-Fi separate (ie 1V or so).

You have a pair of "Passive" speakers, which need an amplifier to drive them.

Computer speakers are normally "Active" (ie they contain an amplifier).

You will need an amplifier.

Cheapest way is to go to local Pawn shop and buy a Hi-Fi amp.

You can build your own but its often not cost effective on a low budget.
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Old 17th February 2012, 01:14 PM   #6
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You cant make the speakers work by as the above said,using an audio amplifier between pc output and speakers.
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Old 17th February 2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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You cant make the speakers work by as the above said,using an audio amplifier between pc output and speakers.
All the best !
Of course you can.

Unless you are talking about USB outputs. You need to use the LINE-OUT of your Motherboard or your Sound-Card.
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Old 17th February 2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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Thank you everybody for the answers, I'll try with an amplifier.
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