How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home Theater

Analog Connection

If your PC doesn’t have digital outputs or your receiver doesn’t have them, you will need to use the regular analog connection. You will need the cable shown in Figure 5, which at one end has two male RCA connectors and at the other hand a stereo P2 male plug (stereo mini jack). If on the store you go to buy it the clerk doesn’t understand what you want, just say that you want a cable to connect your Discman to your home stereo. It is the same cable.

How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home TheaterFigure 5: Cable needed to connect your PC to your home stereo using analog connection.

On the receiver, plug the red (or yellow) male RCA connector from the cable to the plug labeled “R” or “Right” on the receiver, and the white (or black) male RCA connector from the cable to the plug labeled “L” or “Left” on the receiver, on the input we described last page (“Aux”, “Tape In”, “CD In”, etc). See Figures 6 and 7.

How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home TheaterFigure 6: Cable connected to our home theater receiver (here we used the “MD/Tape In” input).

How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home TheaterFigure 7: Cable connected to a standard receiver (here we used the “Aux” input).

Now just insert the other end of the cable to the green connector located on your PC.

How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home TheaterFigure 8: Connecting our PC to our receiver.

Now everything is connected and should work just fine. You need to change the input selector on your receiver to the correspondent input you used. I.e. if you connected your PC to the “Aux” input, you choose select “Aux” on your receiver.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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