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SanduneCC
12-02-2004, 10:57
to play music? I know this is a dumbo question but how do you hook this up? The only way I can think of is use the output from the sound card and use a Y adapter with dual RCA plugs to plug into your receiver. Is that right?

kage
12-02-2004, 11:26
You can buy cables made for just that:

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=12-2057

Radio Shack also carries the adapter you described, but I haven't found one on the website. Here's a similar adapter for a 1/4" jack:

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=274-893


You can also go wireless, if you have the need:

http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/howto-pc-audio.html

fastvfr
12-02-2004, 11:29
That is one way.

Another way is to use an FM transmitter from your speakers, which allows your FM receiver to pick up the signal.

The downside is that most of them are powered by 2 AAA batteries....though since I use one in the truck for CD's I have 4 AAA Li Ion rechargeables handy, with two of them always freshly charged.

Another way to go is to build up a apeaker system; a decent 400W bass amp and a 300w preamp with crossovers works well for quite a few speakers.

But doing this wrong means that you get stereo, but can't take advantage of the EAX III or other special features of the sound card, so going with a decent (thing Klipsch or Logitech) 5.1 system is usually best.

But as far as connecting a stereo to your PC, it is no different than connecting your TV's Audio Out to the receiver. You might need a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, but that's about it.

Sinister Angel
12-02-2004, 12:33
I run the 1/8" to RCA split.

SanduneCC
12-02-2004, 15:08
Thanks fellas.

podwich
12-02-2004, 21:12
Some sound cards also have the digital coax line out that you can use as well.