Can I add an audio out jack to a desktop radio (stereo) with isolated left / right channels? Answered
The plan was to add a stereo output jack and a switch to turn the speakers on/off. This way I could leave a cord plugged in and still have the option of switching the unit's speakers on or off. Anyway, a visual inspection of the circuit board shows that the two grounds are isolated from each other. The plan was to tie the grounds together and switch with an spdt between speakers and the jack, then add another set of positive leads to the jack for left and right. Now that I see they are on isolated and separate circuits, I am hesitant to tie them together. Maybe I just need to go with RCA jacks and a dpdt? I guess my real question is "am I going to blow up my radio?" Do I need to worry about dummy loads or about frying the driver circuit? I realize the audio level will not be "line-out" and I have read that a 1k resister will help, but I don't mind turning down the volume before running the signal to another amp. Thanks!?