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Thread: Speaker Plug Repair

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    Speaker Plug Repair

    I have a couple of old stereo speakers that I want to use with my computer. The speakers aren't connected and have two wires (with stripped ends) coming out of each. Is there some way I could rig these up with an adapter or something to plug into my computer? And is there some way I could put volume control in there? There are no switches or anything on the speakers themselves. I have another pair of speakers for it and the layout looks something like this...

    Speaker 1----------Speaker 2
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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

    You would need an amp or an old audio receiver as a computer only output 5 watts of sound. It’s easier with an audio receiver.

    Here is how you could do it:
    Computers have a mini jack outputs. If you have old set stereo head phones with a mini jack plug you could cut and strip the wires for the audio output of you computer. Depending on the audio receiver, the input type may be different. If you have the push type terminals its easy just connect the bare mini jack wires and your good to go. If it’s a RCA type input you will need an RCA audio wire you could cut and strip and connect to the bare mini jack wires. then its as simple as just plugging it in the computer and audio receiver.

    Hope this helps you!
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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

    sound like technical but where are the power line going? ,,, i dont thing that you need power with your old speakers unless it come with power ,, let me know what you have with your speakers,,,,

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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

    I think that this is the diagram of what he has as far as unit/power

    Be Sure to READ the site RULES


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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

    thats the setup i'm looking to have with my old speakers i mentioned first. the set i currently use with my computer is set up like that, but i don't need to use those speakers. i'm not sure if it needs power...they were connected to an old stereo/boombox. i'm trying to avoid buying another set of speakers by making this old set useable. i think what Doom said sounds correct...i have a little experience with basic electronics but i don't want to risk messing anything up. if there's any other advice that y'all can give i'd appreciate it. thanks!

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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

    If the speakers you are trying to hook up are small you could plug them right in. You can't screw anything up. There is very little power from the computer output. If it?s a large speaker and you plug it right in to the computer output the 5 watts of power will not be enough to move the coil and will produce NO sound! That is why you must amplify the audio. 5 watts split by 2 speakers = 2.5 watts to energize the coil.
    As for damaging anything, the worst thing that could happen is not have the wire polarity right. All you would have to do is reverse the wires. That?s where the mini jack plug comes in from the first post. I have a diagram here for example.
    How big are the speaker? Do they have a watt rating on the back?
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    Re: Speaker Plug Repair

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    First thing to remember is that the audio card from your pc is low power output. If you put to large of a speaker you will blow out the audio card. You mentioned that the speakers are from an old boom box. Is the boom box still working, because if it is, and if it has a audio or aux input jack. You can imput the line out from the pc to the aux in of the boom box and leave the speakers hooked up to the boom box. Much like the pic tecknosoft has, but you use the boomk box instead of the amplified speaker.


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