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How do i hook my laptop to this power amplifier ?


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thejushinator

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Ok guys i just purchased a 3.5mm to stereo rca plugs to try and hook my laptop to my power amplifier. But i have a problem, i dont think it connects with rca type plugs. I have looked the internet over for a picture of the back of the PS802 (to show you what it looks like) but i can't find one. Here is a link to the power amplifier I have and the info you would need to help me...

http://www.zzounds.com/item--STCPS802

Here is what it says the connectors are, but i dont know if this is the information i need.

Connectors:
Balanced In XLR female
Unbalanced In 1/4 in. phone jack
Output MDP Banana

If anyone knows what type of connector i need to get this going let me know.
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Kemasa

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It looks like there are two inputs, XLR and 1/4" phone jack

http://en.wikipedia....i/XLR_connector
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_plug

I am not sure that the output of the computer would be considered balanced, but you would need to check on the audio information to determine that.

What I think you need is a 3.5mm (1/8") stereo cable and then a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter.

Something like this, but you may not need the angle change and it may be a problem.

http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

A cable like this might work, but you still need the cable from the computer:

http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

This contains the adapter, plus some:

http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

This is just the adapter:

http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search
http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

Or a complete cable, but this is a mono cable, so it is not really what you want:

http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

BTW, I don't care much for RS, but it is easier to search to get pictures of what you need.

Edited by Kemasa, 08 September 2006 - 03:34 PM.

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http://www.radioshac...rentPage=search

Why isn't that what i need ? What does mono mean ?
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It is not want you need because it is mono, not stereo, so that both lines are shorted together. If your output was mono, that would not be a problem and might be want you would want since it would mean that both sides of the stereo would be the same. You should be able to find a similar cable that is stereo.
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