Adding RCA Input to Crosley CR66

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This instructable will demonstrate how to add an RCA input to your Crosley CR66.

You will need:
-A Crosley CR66 "Rochester"
-Soldering iron
-Solder
-Soldering skills
-Wire cutters
-RCA jack (I believe these are available at radioshack)
- Philips-head screwdriver

Step 1: Step 1

I opened this a while back and didn't take pictures. I apologize, but it is very simply to open it. On the bottom is a piece of board which can be unscrewed and lifted off. That's it! You're in!

These are the guts of the Crosley. Yours will probably look different since I have stripped my down considerably. I use mine as an amplifier for Bose speakers. Hence my need for an RCA input.

Step 2: Step 2

This is the board that has the controls on the front. The piece we're worried about is the circuit board behind the volume control knob. The circuit board pictured in the second picture is what we will be soldering our wires and RCA jack to.

Step 3: Step 3

Next, we simply solder the wires as shown.

Step 4:

Solder to RCA jack as shown. Check image notes for more details.

You are on your own if you want to mount it nicely to your case. I have completely removed mine and disposed of the shell. If this is successful for you, and you decide to install it in the shell I would like to see you handiwork!

And that is it, you're finished!

This is my first addition to instructables, so any kind of constructive critique would be appreciated.

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    jmowen

    4 years ago on Introduction

    do you mean RCA output? it sounds like this is to get the audio out from the Crosley to speakers; is that true, or is this for RCA line in?

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    xaenonjmowen

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I know this is a response to a very old question, but it can actually be used both ways - as a line out (to an external tape deck, for example) or as a line-in for an external source. You obviously cannot use it for both at the same time. I did something similar back in the 1980s in order to connect a CD player to a Fisher combination AM/FM/Cassette/Phono stereo, and later discovered it worked well to pipe audio to my old reel-to-reel deck. It's not ideal, but it does work.

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    creepshark

    8 years ago on Step 4

    What does yours look like now, sans shell?