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Discussion in 'Community' started by reykjavik, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. reykjavik macrumors 6502

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    I know this isn't mac related but I have no one else to ask: I was wondering if there was any way of using computer speakers (a 3 piece; 2 speakers and 1 subw.) as actual stereo speakers that I can hook up to my stero unit? I tried cutting one end of RCA's and inserting the copper wires into the receiver to use as speakers. Sound came through, but it was very low and when I turned it up my receiver turned off saying "overload". So whats the deal, is it doable???
     
  2. stillwater macrumors regular

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    Assuming that you are talking about computer speakers that are normally powered by the amp in the powered sub-woofer, you should be able to hook the left and right speaker leads directly to your receiver's speaker terminals, by-passing the amplifier in the sub-woofer. Then, if your receiver has a pre-amp out, you can connect your sub using a cable with rca plugs on both ends.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. Angelus macrumors 6502

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    In theory it should be possible. Unfortunately, I can't give you much advice cos when it comes to this stuff i'm very visual .ie i would need to see the stereo along with the speakers and a cross section of the wire.
     
  4. JRam macrumors member

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    #4
    Out of curiosity why do you want to do this? Im mostly interested to see if you've found something that a stereo can do that the computer cant ;)

    On a more helpful note: Do your speakers have an auxiliary input connection? Some have an extra input for just such an occasion. If they do you can probably work it just as a line in/line out thing. Although Im not 100% sure on the sound quality for it. I use that way for an external TV tuner box I have an the sound is good, although I do lose some volume when it is turned on.
     
  5. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    no unless you use the headphone out
    the problem is most receivers are designed to push 6-8 ohm speakers, computer speakers are however usualy very low ohm
    say 1-2 ohm
    as you already figured out
    trying to get your reciver to push low ohm loads overloads the amp
     

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