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Computer Output Through Stereo System

Posted by darwinsflinch (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 2, 07 at 18:02

I was running music from iTunes and Pandora from my Computer through a three-way switch to my stereo system on another floor. It was working fine until I had to take apart the computer system for renovations in the basement. Once we were done, I could not find the diagram on how I had it set up and have failed at every attempt so far.

I have learned so much from these forums, I thought I would throw it out to you all for some help. A diagram of my setup is here.

The input and output to the computer speakers works and is set up with 1/8" jacks. The output to the stereo is standard speaker wire with RCA plugs at the stereo end. The Speaker Selector is rated for 8 ohms. No matter how I arrange the speaker wire, I cannot get output at the amplifier.

Anyone have a thought?

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RE: Computer Output Through Stereo System

I'm kind of bewildered here, but why do you have black and red going into red and red?

Also, you seem to be using a speaker level switch with line level inputs, which is a recipe for problems.

Why not get something like the following? Plug into back of computer, then plug computer speakers into one of the two jacks and run a cord from the other into your amp. If necessary get a second jack that turns the 1/8 miniplug into two RCA jacks (on next page from link as CAT# AD-18)

Here is a link that might be useful: 1/8 splitter

RE: Computer Output Through Stereo System

A line-art diagram would be more helpful here. I suspect darwinsflinch is going from black to red because that's the color the manufacturer used. You can see the embossing on the back panel illustrates that he/she is connecting black to left and right to red consistently. I'm not sure what "braided" means, however. I'm not familiar with stereo or 2.1 setups that require a separate feed. I'm also not sure why it appears that he/she is connecting to one pair of speaker connections as an input. That certainly won't work.

I agree that the terminology is confusing. When darwinsflinch says "line", I think he/she means "cord" or "cable", not necessarily a line-level input.

darwinsflinch, more information, please?

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