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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by species8350, Nov 23, 2004.

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  1. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    I am connecting my pc to my amp.

    The chap in the hi fi shop sold me a couple of cables (mini jack to
    two phono). The two phono's are colour coded red and black. But the
    rest of my amp cables are colour coded white and red.

    Can anyone explain these codes (has the chap sold me the wrong
    cables). I am not getting any sound from the speakers yet when playing
    music in my pc

  2. The colors don't mean anything. Some manufacturer chooses some colors,
    others choose other colors. The color only makes it possible to know
    which channel is which. From one end of the cable to the other end.

    If you want the right stereo channel to be sent to the right loudspeaker
    in your room you can be careful to connect all cables so that they do not
    cross. Decide that red is always the right channel, for example. The left
    channel can be black or white.

    Or ignore the colors and let any loudspeaker be the left.
    Or use a test record and hear if it is right, change the loudspeaker
    cables if needed.
    They are probably the right cables, the colors don't matter.
    Install the software for the soundcard, connect the line-out output the
    the aux input on the amp, it can also be labeled input, auxillary input,
    line-in, etc..

    Turn on the home stereo, start a soundfile on the computer.
    Open the sound mixer you got installed with the soundcard software, set
    the wave output active, set volume levels.
  3. species8350

    species8350 Guest


    Very helpful.

    I'll have a go

    All the best

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