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Old 24th December 2005, 11:19 PM   #1
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OK, I'm new here, so I hope this is the right forum...

How do you hook up your computer to your stereo speakers? Lately, my CD player has been skipping. I've tried the lens cleaner CD, and it didn't really work. I remember one of my friends had his computer hooked up to his stereo system, and played music on his computer that came through his stereo speakers. How do you do it? Thanks. ^^
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Old 24th December 2005, 11:45 PM   #2
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From the soundcard out to the amp, or from the CDROM drive headphone jack to the amp. The computer end will be a minature stereo RCA, size 1/8" ~ 3.5 mm. Turn the volume down in either case... both of those connections are higher output than a typical CDP. I bet they make a cable that goes from the 1/8" stereo minature to RCA's... but I have always built my own.

Here's an adapter that would do the job...

Mini to female RCA
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Old 24th December 2005, 11:56 PM   #3
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From the soundcard out to the amp, or from the CDROM drive headphone jack to the amp. The computer end will be a minature stereo RCA, size 1/8" ~ 3.5 mm. Turn the volume down in either case... both of those connections are higher output than a typical CDP. I bet they make a cable that goes from the 1/8" stereo minature to RCA's... but I have always built my own.

Here's an adapter that would do the job...

Mini to female RCA
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Old 25th December 2005, 09:36 AM   #4
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Hi Chip,
when you say
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Turn the volume down in either case
do you mean in the digital domain or by adding an analogue volume pot at the output?
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Old 25th December 2005, 01:08 PM   #5
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Well, both, I guess.

If you plug in at the CD head phone jack, many players have a volume control at that point.

If you plug into the sound card, make sure the "wave out" is set in the bottom 1/3 on the slider.
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Old 26th December 2005, 02:16 AM   #6
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Do you think they would sell something like that at Radio Shack?

I'm going from the soundcard to the amp, by the way.
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Old 27th December 2005, 05:13 AM   #7
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it's $20 at radioshack...a real ripoff. Try ebay.
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Old 27th December 2005, 06:08 AM   #8
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the adapter is $5 at radioshack. Check your local dollar store for a cable that goes from 1/8" to RCA.
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Old 27th December 2005, 06:18 AM   #9
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Originally posted by bigmike216
the adapter is $5 at radioshack. Check your local dollar store for a cable that goes from 1/8" to RCA.
Ah yes, I was looking at a cable.

And how did YOU get to radioshack?
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