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CamTheMan

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I moved into this new house, and there are speakers around the house and I was wondering how I can setup a device for the sound to come from those speakers. There's these 4 things in the wall by the TV and I took a picture of what it looks like could you tell me what type of cable I need for hook my tv and other devices into these outlets?

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How many speakers are there? If no more than 4, you will need to connect the speaker output from some audio amplifier device, such as a home stereo or theater receiver to these with good quality speaker wire. In other words, pretend those connections in the wall are on the backs of the speakers. I suspect one pair is for the front speakers and the other pair is for the rear for use with a home theater (HT) system.

If you are wanting to connect those to your computer, you can't do it directly - you need a bigger amplifier to power the larger speakers. But you should have a "line out" on your sound card that can carry the audio to one of the "line in" connections on a receiver, that can then power the wall mounted speakers.

If there are more than 4 speakers, you need to find the documentation for your setup, or have a home audio technician come in and sort it out. If more than 4, depending on the speaker and how they are wired, the load on a regular HT amplifier may be too low, causing over-current protection circuits to (hopefully) kick in before the amplifier goes up in flames!
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Well I have 2 speakers in the same room as those inputs in the picture then I have 2 speaker outside. I think all the speaks run into that wall plate thing in the pictures, then theres a dial on the wall that I turns them on.

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Cameron

Edited by CamTheMan, 03 May 2009 - 12:02 PM.

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Okay, then that is even simpler yet as there is only left and right, and not 4 channels. That means you need a stereo receiver or integrated amplifier (receiver minus a radio tuner) to take the small stereo output from the sound card "line out" jacks, amplify it, then send it out over the speaker outputs to the wall jacks. I am pretty certain that is correct because those connectors take bare wire, or banana plugs - commonly used for home entertainment type speakers.
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Oh okay, great I'm glad that is what you needed to know. When you get the time, would you mind linking me to something I could buy to make this all work?

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When you get the time, would you mind linking me to something I could buy to make this all work?

:) All I know is you have 4 speakers. I don't know what you are trying to do, or what you have on hand to do it with.
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