» Residential Home Wiring Diagrams
» Residential Electrical Wiring: Guide to Home Wiring
» Need Electrical Help? Get a Quick Reply! Ask the Electrician
Surround Sound Connections
By Dave Rongey
Summary: If you have a stereo receiver or amplifier then chances are you can connect your other audio devices so the sound is played over the stereo speakers.
How to Connect TV, DVD, iPod, Wii for Stereo Surround Sound
Stereo Surround Sound Components
Audio Input Device
Big Screen TV
High-Definition Flat Panel Display
Audio Video Receiver
Audio Output Devices
Satellite / Digital Cable Receiver
Surround Sound Speaker System
MP3 / iPod Interface
Wii / Game Device
Computer or Laptop
The Secret to Quality Surround Sound Through Your Stereo From Almost Any Device
RCA Jacks - These are the round jacks as seen at the right, the audio jacks are typically Red and White.
Required: Audio Input Jacks
Your stereo or big screen tv will need to have Audio Input or Aux Input jacks, one for the right speaker and one for the left speaker.
Required: Audio Input Jacks
The device you would like to hear through your TV or Stereo will need to have:
Audio Output jacks, one for the right speaker, one for the left speaker.
You could even use the Earphone Jack as the output jack as well, but you will need to get an adapter to go from the headphone jack to the RCA jacks.
Make sure that the Ohms of all of the audio devices are the same. Audio systems are typically 4 ohms or 8 ohms.
Also be aware not to over drive the amount of watts that will be configured for the whole system to avoid damaging speakers or components.
Several Possible Devices Just Waiting to be Heard
I have used the above method to connect several devices through my stereo receiver. Connecting our DVD player through the stereo sounded so good, I decided to add two more speakers, and that made it sound even better.
One of the best discoveries was when I connected a old laptop computer to the stereo so I could listen to one of my favorite radio stations which I normally could not receive because it is in another state. All I had to do was find the radio station on the internet and select the live stream and I was connected.
I simply placed the laptop near the stereo and made the connection using the earphone jack as the output and used an adapter to create the RCA jacks for the Input to the stereo.
What to Do About Multiple Input Devices
If you find that you have several new inputs that you wish to listen to then you will need to purchase a multi-selection audio input box from a store such as radio shack.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.