New Stereo

I was outside the other day and my neighbor gave me this stereo. It's a sony with 2 working speakers, 51 disc cd changer that also acts as a storage(you can turn the holder w/on of the dials on the stereo, am/fm radio, 2 tape decks, sounds great, and i hooked my sansa up to play through the speakers. Check out the pic below.

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car stereo

can a car stereo (headunit) b powered with an xbox power brick without an amplifier? if so how do you wire it up, i can get the power light on on the head unit but it will not switch on, anybodys help would be appreciated

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Stereo Stolen!

My car stereo was recently stolen.. Bummer. Here is my idea; I am tired of putting stereos in my car only to have them stolen. I don't want to buy another CD player w/ an aux in input for my mp3 player, since I don't really play cd's anyways. What I want to do is install just an aux input line to my car speakers and mount that easily in the empty hole. Is that possible? Do you somehow need to power the speakers? How do you go about doing that w/out buying a new stereo? My main goal is 1)to put something there that will run the sound from the MP3 player 2)not need a stereo to do it. 3)do this so no one would think it is something they could steal and profit from. HELP! :)

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stereo to 5.1

Ok hello... here's my problem... I bought a 5.1 speaker system they were extremly cheap... now I want to plug them nto my ipod video or my stereo jack from my pc... any ideas? please help...

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Portable Stereo?

Ive seen how everyone has made a portable backpack stereo and i think that is a great idea but why not use a regular cd player with all its internals and speakers instead of going out and having to buy a separate amp and speakers and connect it all. I have a cd player disassembled and i want to replace the cd drive with what would be a line in to my ipod could this be done so i can use everything else but the cd drive?

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Tweakin the stereo

How would I go about moving my speakers around to get that much better sound out of it. I drew a little crapjob diagram of where I have all the speakers now. It sounds pretty good, but I know the sub could probably find a better spot than in the floor infront of my tower speaker (although the blending of the bass is rather superb). What if I put it under my desk in the middle?

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Car Stereo in home

Ok, im new to all this and i was wondering if i can connect my car stereo to an xbox power brick dirrectly without any amps? and just run 4 speakers off it like its ment to? anybody any ideas on how to do it? THe actuall power cables for my stereo are: Red : Power (+) Yellow (fused) : 12v+ memory Black : GND what wires would i connect to them from the xbox power brick? i have 3 yellow, 3 black, a red and blue wire. Your help would be much appreciated everyone.

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Portable car stereo

While waiting at a red light, I noticed that inside of a FedEx truck, the driver had his own portable car stereo in the cab with him. It consisted of a wood box with three 3.5" Dia speakers on the side with the stereo (what looked like an older model) sticking out of the top of the box, vertically. I'm guessing he had it wired for a cigarette lighter adapter to power the unit and the box was held in place in the cab by bungee cords. It looked like a great way to recycle old car electronics, wished I'd thought of it when I had to drive cross-country in a Uhaul with only an am/fm radio.

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Vanessa..Stereo speakers?

I have a late-70s, early 80s SEARS Compact Stereo am/fm radio phonograph tape system. On back, it says 80 OHM speakers hookup. What can I use for a substitution for the speakers?? Thanks, Vanessa

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control Stereo Volume

I have an old style Cassette SONY x-plod car audio stereo player for car. i have removed main cassette section & replaced it with an USB MP3/FM board with remote control. I made this because i believe in SONY's amplifier so successfully tracked amp track to get source from USB board. But here i got a problem with board which forgets volume level & restores to 25 level(Default range 0 to 50 level). so volume is boosting at high at every start of player. Now i want to Analog stereo volume controller between USB board's output & SONY amplifier's input. so what should be the configuration for volume controller??? Output target for amplifier is 4speaker(2x150Watts[Front] & 2x180Watts[Rear]). Does my idea works?? if it works what is the configuration for Analog stereo volume controller.??

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Fancy stereo build?

Hi everyone, So I recently purchased a new house and it has these built-in speakers in every room. Thing is that I dont have a fancy stereo or something to hook it up to, so I wanted to build something myself. I wanted to build a device that could be controlled through an old smartphone I have laying around, via bluetooth. On which I can then select songs on Spotify or radio etc. And it should also allow me to switch between which speakers I want to use. (Each one has a separate cable) Does anybody have any ideas on how to do this? Or is there maybe something on the market matching my descripion that I can buy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! Kind regards.

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i have a clarion car stereo

Works when key is turned once or with engine running but drivers door needs to be open.any help please

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can I run 300w speakers on a 85w stereo?

I got four 300w speakers I want to hook up to my 85w stereo would that blow it up 

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house stereo equipment hook up? how to wire extra components?

I have a reverberator, a dynamic expander, and a amp that has a eqaulizer and echo. what I am trying to do is hook up these into a home system, which consists of tuner, amp and a cass tape deck. Which plugs to use input in to which output, etc.?  Thanks in advance, Bullfrog

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How to set up car loudspeakers to run as a stand-alone unit for computer?

I have a set of vdo hsp 6931 loudspeakers that I will never use for the car, so I want to turn them into a stand-alone speaker system for for my computer. Do I need to buy an amplifier or other items & how would I go about hooking it all up? I have some knowledge in electrics any help would be appreciated.

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how to figure out why my older pioneer receiver keeps blowing the main fuse?

My pioneer receiver SX828 will blow the fuse on the rear of the unit 3A-125volt. as soon as i turn it on > it turns on for about a second then the fuse blows!!   there is no burnt smells from inside. it is very clean and dust free inside. i know these older receivers run hot, but there is no odors that tell me that something has overheated or blown.  (to the best of my knowledge) !!  i know this is a very technical question and lots of things to check but i thought i would ask !! thanks, brian.... bksierra62@yahoo.com

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I have an 70's style turntable/radio console.?

I have a Magnavox 591558.  The issue is that the audio from the turntable is diminished out the left speakers. The FM tuner works and sounds great, however when using the turntable, left audio is very muffled.  As a troubleshooting step, I hooked up a Stanton STR8-100 turntable, with pre-amp, as a replacement to the built in turntable, and get the same results.  Good audio out the right channel, but muffled out the left.  So I know the issue has to be somewhere on the circuit board, as the Radio is fine through both channels. I do not see any blown capacitors, or any sign of damage on the circuit boards.  I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.

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Building a Stereo Tube Amp

I'm in the UK and interested in Building a Stereo Tube Amp (by thobson in audio). Can anyone advise on the UK equivalents for many of the components used in this project e.g. transformers, valves (tubes) and where to buy them? Many thanks.

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Converting a stereo system into an amplifier

Right so I have a Ministry of Sound, MT2, Power Tower, HI FI System. It has two external speakers which are fairly crap and a decent sub woofer. I want to take out the sound board and the screen interface, des guard the tape and CD player and remount them into a new housing. Currently the output sockets are 3.5mm headphone sockets which the speakers which came with it originally plugged into. However I have much better quality bookshelf speakers which I want to hook up. Is it possible to hook up my new speakers effectively turning e self contained stereo system into an amplifier?

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Making an LG Stereo Adapter?

Hello, I have an LG GW520 and I have tried everywhere for an adapter to connect this to a stereo. I did find a company that advertised the adapter I needed but when I bought it it is the wrong size as the connection on other LG phones like the cookie models are different :( So basically I need an adapter with a 3.5mm female stereo jack on it. Is it possible to make one?... I've got lots of randoms wires and a headset that fits into the phone with one broken ear bud and a female stereo jack. When I've cut open the broken headset I've got two silver wires, and a purple, red and green wire bundled together and surrounded by fine copper and the female stereo jack has a black, red and brown wire. ....is it possible to connect these and how should I do it? Thanks for reading and I hope you can save my sanity before I just get mad and go an buy another phone that I can connect!

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Home made stereo photography

Hello people, maybe you can see my 3d photographies of Patagonia. Unfortunately, the page takes a while to load.  You will be using Google Translator for read it in English.  I you don't understand something, please tell me so I fix it (if I can). The original page in Spanish is www.rimar2000.com.ar/3D

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MP3 input alternative on a stereo

Hi guys, I have a really burning question thats been eating me for a while. Can you put an alternative input on a stereo system to read mp3s? For example i have this stereo that plays mp3s but only has the disk input. This means in order to use it i have to burn the songs i want off my computer on to a disk then i can listen to my music. For those who probably WILL ask, I don't like playing my music off my computer because it's generally really loud, i want to use this in another room as well. My taste in music constantly changes, eventually i will want to remove a couple songs or add new ones. With that said, i want to know if you can remove/replace or add another input system to where a CD reader would be so that it reads a USB input or something. Then music can easily be manipulated to the users liking. As long it's not directly connected to a computer or requires the user to make new copies of the same music that take up space. Thanks!! Gonazar

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6vDC Stereo Audio Amplfier

I just acquired a new, unused 6volt rechargeable battery that is rated at 12Ah. I'm looking for a Class D amplifier that'll run off said six volt battery. I've looked around but unfortunately all the amps I've found are either too low power output, or too high of voltage. I'd like to be able to get an amp that can output somewhere between five and fifteen watts stereo. Does anyone know where I could look?

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Questions about computer stereos

Hi! I'm building a portable amplifier from old computer-speakers and I have a couple of questions about them. 1. How do I make the stereo-speakers mono the best way? 2. Is it possible to make low- and high-pass filters to a simple amplifier as the computer ones? I thought I'd connect one bigger speaker (a whopping 5" one!) to amplify the low frequencies and one small to amplify the high frequencies. This would work the best with a 1-channel amp. Thank you in advance, hope you understand what I'm looking for! P.S. Please move the thread if it is in the wrong category, wasn't sure if it suited better under "music" or "tech".

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Mono Bass in Stereo System

Hello Everyone I'm building a portable amp system running in stereo, but I only have one Bass speaker. Each Speaker (5, left/right tops, left/right mids and the bass) has its own amp. How can I connect the input on the bass speaker to the (stereo) input while keeping the channels separate? Thanks. 

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car stereo sw1 to fm?

 I have sony cdx-v6800 car stereo i am trying turn radio but it shows sw1 and channels until 7524 but i need fm 88-108 can anyone please help how to SW1 into FM.

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Car Sterio, without the stereo

So here is a question that I'm sure somebody knows how to make this work. I have a Jeep, and I never listen to the radio or have a need to play CDs. So what I want to do is rip out the stereo and mod in a female headphone jack so I can plug in my iPod. I don't see the need for a stereo anymore, so if I could just have the ipod and speakers I'd be happy. I know there is going to be at least one issue, which is the iPod wont be able to drive all the speakers, so some sort of homebrew amplifier will need to be built. Anybody already done this or at least know how to do this?

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help with fixing stereo amp

Iv had a few problems trying to fix an amp iv got ...there is no obvious problems/problem with it iv tested the thing the best i can ....transistors on out put capacitors diodes and all are ok... the heat sink gets hot to the touch when there is a signal passed through but not any sound comes out . its a sansui amp ax510 iv got a few pics attached ...there is two or three relays in side one on power in and as a speaker protection and iv got a felling that this may be engaged due to a fault .. im not to sure on testing relays iv never had to do it b4 .... iv used a multimeter across it and is showing that a signal not to sure if its a good or bad thing though

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DIY Car Stereo Antenna?

Want to know if anyone has turned their roof rack into am/fm radio antenna or knows how? Not how to mount an antenna on a roof rack!!! I have a Jeep Liberty (2005), w\ (self) custom made aluminum roof rack. And I have 35ft of flexible/braided grounding strap to make internal run from roof-rack through and internally down to jeep frame if/as needed. **Concept Notes**  Outside rectangle frame is 1-1/2" (O.D.). I will rubber-coat all straight tube section then apply appropriate wire on to rubber and re-coat with rubber coating. I was then looking to slide slightly over-sized (I.D.) carbon fiber tubing over that. Ground and antenna wire will run through inside of rack turn down stanchion where bolts to roof. Rubber grommet to further insulate & protect wires. I want super reception AM & FM, little to no visible footprint, 1. What wire or such for antenna is best/appropriate? 2. Proper lay out antenna wire? ie., wrapped around primary insulated tubing or laid out length-wise.

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help with car stereo head unit

Im having issues with my radio it has bad static.. finally sick of it i started to test.. tested resistance on antenna on the ground to the unit.. looked good. turned it on and tested for 12 v on red and yellow wires they were good i happened to put it on the ground with the car on and i get 10 v on the ground i also get 10 v on the head unit case.  when i unplug it everything goes back to normal.. cannot figure this out and any help would be great.

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How can I convert a stereo output to surround sound?

My laptop has only a stereo output. Is there any way to convert this to use a surround sound speaker system using any combination of hardware/software? Preferably without getting an external sound card.

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How do I fix my car stereo ground wire? Answered

I installed my new stereo and it won't work. The fix-it hotline told me to touch the ground wire to the negative batt. terminal, and the red and yellow wires to the positive terminal. The stereo worked, meaning the ground wire coming from the dash is probably bad.?

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what would cause my stereo system in my car to stop working after 4 years?

What would cause my stereo system in my car to stop working after 4 years?

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Can anyone design a device that would interfere with cars stereos within 10 feet or more? Answered

Can anyone design a device that would interfere with cars stereos within 10 feet or more?Yes, I would like to bother back the drivers who play the music so loud that they wake up my kids sleeping in our car, as they drive by.Any idea is appreciated. If I can get my music in their stereos, even better, but if I would just get white noise in their stereos would be great. Thanks

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how can I connect analog stereo outputs to my PC to rip music from my old cassettes?

I have an older compact stereo, and an extensive music collection, I listen to most of my music on my PC. I would like to "rip" my cassettes, rather than replacing them all with CD's

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how i can recycle stereofoam?

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help with truck speakers?

I bought a 2004 Nissan Titan used that had after market stereo equiptment removed before I bought it. the truck has stereo, speakers and subwoofer currently in the truck. one speaker works and the radio works, the speakers in the doors do not work in the truck but when I took them out to test them they were perfect. what could make them not work when put back in the truck?

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I highly reccomend

I just hooked up an outlet that I've had in my wall since I've re-dry walled my room, and it's by itself on a single wire, I just hooked it up to a breaker isolated from the rest of them on my panel, and have JUST my stereo plugged into it. All of a sudden my distortion problems I was having at near full volume are gone. I highly recommend running your stereo on a seperete outlet for you audio freaks out there!

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Harmon/Kardon PM655 Integrated Amplifier that takes an excessive amount of time to warm up? Can it be repaired?

Seems the longer it sits unused the longer it takes to come on.

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What connection port is this and how could I make my own? Answered

I've got a Sony MHC-EC909ip and was wondering what kind of stereo connection ports these could be. If there custom made by sony, how could I potentially make my own connection? Thanks! (the cable shown is not mine, It's an exact replica of what the cable connector looked like.) Edit: I might have actually found my solution to fix this. Getting a JST RCY Connector - Male/Female Set (2-pin).  https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10501 Just need to make it snap into place now.

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how to run 2 amplifiers in stereo?

Hello,I have 2 marshall jcm 800 amps and 2 4x12 cabinets,how do you hook them up so it will be in stereo? I have the stereo cabinets.thanks!

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Aux only DIY Car stereo

Hi I bought an old car recently. But came with bad stereo head and perfectly working speakers. Now I figured out that all I need in my stereo in aux input which I can connect to my mobile device. Is there any way to make an aux input port without using any radio head, ie, the direct connections with AUX. also please explain wiring layout of head.

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Car Stereo Antenna for In-Home use? Answered

I'm decent with working with modifying electronics, but I don't have much experience with antennae, reception, or any of that good stuff. I have plenty of experience with soldering, both wire connections, and motherboard components, so that's not a problem.. I already have my stereo wired to my computer's psu, with the pci-e power, and already have everything hooked up as of a year ago.. Aux In, Usb, and Sd all work fine, but I can't use the FM radio function, due to my lack of an antenna.. I've heard of bending a coat hanger, and shoving it in, and I don't like that shotty work, and I used to have an extension, or an adapter, (Not sure exactly what it was), but It got mediocre reception, and I gave it to a friend that I hooked up a stereo indoors for.. I can find such an adapter cheap, but I want something that will get AWESOME signal.. I know most components that require lengths of wire drop voltage, or signal over distance, such as power cables, Cat5 cables, so on and so forth.. So what can I use, modify, or make to get the reception I want, on a budget? I don't want a crappy fix.. I just want something affordable, reliable, and something that won't look too horrible. I have the stereo mounted to my desk, so not much will be exposed, depending on the length of said antenna, Thanks in advance!!

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Hook up stereo speakers to computer for surround sound

Alright, if theres already an instructable on this, I apologize, and could someone point me to it, otherwise, here's my question: I have a set of stereo speakers, the ones with the clips that you use to hold in the wire, so it has no plug. The only stereo set I have has no outputs, no white and red RCA jacks, or anything, and I do not have any other reciever. Is there any sort of adapter I could buy or build cheap (easily, preferably) to let me plug two of those into a standard 3.5 mm miniplug? my goal is to use those as rear speakers for my computer's 5.1 surround, as they have good base and treble, and my 2.1 channel set that I was using there crapped out. Thanks!

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powering car stereo from computer PSU. how to keep settings?? Answered

Hello. i am using a high end car stereo, powered by my compouters PSU. i have sorted the red and yellow cables from the head unit, so it powers, but the problem is, that everytime i turn off the computer the car stereo looses settings. Since no one has done it on the instructables i have seen, i guess its hard to be done. has any one done it? i dont want to have the PSU 24/7. i would prefer an external battery...

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How to get rid of radio signal coming from my stereo? Answered

My stereo (sony micro hi fi component system cmt-ep707) consistently plays radio signals.  I get the radio signals when I am any setting other than the fm/am tuner. How could i get rid of the radio signals?  Is it something to do with the transistors? or the speaker cable being slightly exposed or something?

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