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How to Hook a Computer Up to a Stereo

You don't have to listen to online music through tiny computer speakers. Follow these easy steps to hook your computer up to your stereo.


  • Step 1: Buy the right cable Buy a stereo adapter cable with a single, mini headphone plug at one end and two RCA plugs, left and right, at the other.
  • TIP: Measure the distance from your computer to your stereo with a tape measure to be sure the cable you buy is long enough.
  • Step 2: Find the Line Out jack Find the Line Out jack on your computer's sound card. If your computer doesn't have one, find the headphone jack.
  • Step 3: Plug in the cable Insert the mini headphone plug into the computer's line out or headphone jack.
  • Step 4: Attach to the stereo Insert the two RCA plugs into the corresponding AUX or TAPE inputs on your stereo amplifier. Match the colors on the plugs to the colors on the inputs.
  • Step 5: Set up the receiver Set the receiver to either AUX or TAPE input.
  • Step 6: Play Play an audio file on the computer. Adjust the volume on the computer or the receiver and enjoy your music.
  • FACT: As of 2009, a quarter of all U.S. music was bought from iTunes.

You Will Need

  • A 3.5 millimeter stereo Y-adapter cable
  • A computer
  • A stereo amplifier
  • A tape measure (optional)

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