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Old 14th August 2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Wiring Car Speakers to Computer


First off I am new to all of this so forgive my ignorance. I am wanting to hook up some old Car Speakers (the ones in the front door) to my computer for use outside in my garage. My goal is to set up a volume control, outside, then the wires ran through my wall to the computer.

I know I need a Stereo Volume Control to hook the 2 speakers to, but then do I need a PCB to handle the Amp, power and then the cord from the board to the sound card on my computer? I was wondering if I could use the same kind of board hookup like this : http://web.media.mit.edu/~mellis/spe...structions.pdf
for what I want to do and just stick a Volume Control somewhere in there.

Any help would be great.

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Old 14th August 2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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I think all you is a small amp like this:

Lepai Tripath TA2020 Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Amp w/Power Supply 310-300

The only thing to watch for is the impedance of your speakers. Some car speakers are 2ohm and I'm guessing that this amp might trouble with anything under 4ohm.
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Old 14th August 2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hi Boris,

Thanks for the info, I may go that route as a last resort. This may sound silly, but I would much prefer to learn about the wiring soldering etc aspect of it all rather than buying a pre-fabed unit.

Is that something that would be relativity easy, or would it just be too much work for a beginner and the pre-fabed unit would be a better way to go.

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Old 16th August 2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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There are premade amp modules that you can buy. They need to be wired and put in a box, no soldering required. Sure electronics is one manufacturer.

Another more involved alternative is to buy an amp kit - the PCB board and components. Some come with instructions on how to put together but they might be challenging for a beginner. Audiosector.com is one place that offers such kits.

I suggest you post in the "Chipamp" or "Class D" section of this forum, the people there can direct you much better than I can.
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