Car Stereo to Home Stereo With a PSU

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Introduction: Car Stereo to Home Stereo With a PSU

I'm going to show you how to run a car stereo using an old PC power supply. If you're bored and want a project, or you're like me and just like making things instead of going out and buying purpose built ones, this is for you.
If you manage to screw up your stereo, speakers, power supply or anything else, don't blame me.
Also, this is my first Instructable, so it was kind of a learning curve on how this website works. 

Step 1: What You Need

You'll need:
Car stereo- I'm using a Sony Xplod CDX-R3000
Speakers- I have a set of Acoustic Research and a set of RCA speakers
PSU- old computer power supply
Wire strippers
Wires
Speaker wire 
Electrical tape

Step 2: Wire Your PSU

To start, find the large connector on your PSU. 
Now, find the green and black wires right next to each other. Put a piece of wire between these as a jumper. This will make the PSU power up when you turn the switch on. 

Step 3: Wiring Your Stereo

To begin with, get the red, yellow and black on the stereo
Red is ignition, yellow is constant and black is ground.
Twist the red and yellow wires together. This is to make the stereo power up. 

Step 4: Stereo and PSU Meet at Last

This is where the stereo and power supply meet at last
Find one of the four pin connectors, with the yellow, black and red wires on it
You need a yellow and black wire next to each other
The black ground on your stereo goes to the black wire on the connector
The red and yellow on the stereo go to the yellow wire on the connector

Step 5: Wire Speakers

This is about as simple as it gets. Almost all car stereos follow the same wiring diagram. Just hook your speakers up the same way.
You can solder all the wires for a permanent installation, but I'm constantly changing what I have so I just twist and tape.  
You won't need the blue antenna wire, brown (if yours has one for muting), blue with white line unless you add an amp and sub, light green (parking brake) if you have one, or orange (illumination) as most aftermarket stereos don't have an illumination wire. 
Gray and white are front speakers, green and purple are rear speakers. Negative has a black strip on it, positive is a solid color. 

Step 6: Plug It In, Power It Up

The time has come to test it.
Plug the cord in, and hit the switch, and hope it works.
If you did everything right, it should work fine.

Step 7: You're Done!

This is the finished product set up in my bedroom. 
You turn it on and off with the switch on the PSU. 
Don't bother setting the clock or anything, because it loses its memory every time you shut it off

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Can you directly wire this to your house maybe I have a crappy mobile home with an even crappier wired in radio with speakers throughout the house the radio stopped working last month this would save me alot of money

Thanks for the detailed instructions! I made one for my home over the weekend. Had a PSU lying inside a PC cabinet I hadn't used in years. And a brand new car stereo I'd bought on clearance about 6 years ago and never used (since the new car I bought around the same time came with a decent factory-installed stereo).

In my over-enthusiasm in clearing up the jungle of wires from the PSU, I ended up cutting off all the yellow and black wires as well - close to the PCB. Nothing to do but buy a new PSU. All the computer hardware stores around were selling overpriced crap PSUs. Thankfully, Amazon came to the rescue with a next day delivery of a new PSU.

Now, my bedroom stereo has a CD player, twin USBs, Bluetooth, and Chromecast audio! All that remains now is an FM antenna, and I'll be set. Maybe even hook up my bedroom TV to the speakers, using a stereo mixer (Altoids to the rescue!)

PSU output its 240v.. how do i make it ? can i just follow your step ?

I have a car stereo but I have lost the back side socket plug of 12 pins. So now, What should I do ?? I think posting some images might help u great people to help me... :-)

If it's any name brand stereo like Pioneer, Sony, JVC, etc you should be able to just order a new plug for it online. Search the model number of the radio and you should be able to find one

There is a conflict between my pc monitor and car stereo(connected through AUX to PC) ...... I can explain the problem if u r willing to help......

Note.: monitor is connected through VGA(analogue).... I guess it may b the reason.... Any help is appreciated.. :-)

Also check Crutchfield. They have wiring harnesses for almost every make and model.

Hey what happens if your PSU that I took out of a gateway with windows ME does not have a power switch? I think I have everything hook up just the way you said, but the PSU doesn't have a on switch. Any thoughts?

go to your local hardware store and buy a switch for the cord of the psu you are using, wire it up to the cord and use that as the switch for your power supply. alternatively you can open up the PSU and add a switch that way