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June 7, 2004 5:23:16 PM

Well, I know this is kind of a crazy problem, buut...

I just got the Z640 speakers from logitech (im sure some of you are familiar). They come with 3 1/8 plugs for use with a normal computer - green, black, and orange. I'm not exactly sure what they all do (thats how little i know)...but I guess that question is tertiary for now.

You see, it comes with a littel converter jack, so from a game console that has RCA coming from it, you could plug the two RCA cords into the jack (for some reason, only the black and green plug into this) and get that sound from your console.

Now, for the real questions.

1. I have an old stereo that sits on my shelf...its not the greatest, not the most advanced, but it plays CDs and the radio and plays them well. I'm satisfied with it. But you see...the speakers on that thing (i have no idea what this connection is called) connect by just putting the stripped wires from the speaker into little metal slots on the back of the system. I'm sure you know what I mean.

Now, is it possible for me to somehow get that little connection converted to RCA so that I could use my z640's with it?

2. If question 1 is a big no, then howabout this: Say I was to buy a more up-to-date system with more modern jacks on the back. I don't even know if it'd be RCA, i'm assuming it is...buuut...the ones I've seen, it looks like jacks to put somehting in, not wires to plug into somethign else. surely I can't plug a socket into another socket, so....

Would there be any way to set that up with my Z-640s?

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June 8, 2004 9:25:26 PM

i think all hi/fi's have the wire connectors

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June 9, 2004 2:20:50 AM

They are color coded, the orange is for digital, and the others are analog or something. Just plug them in, they are color coded damn it! Are there any RCA connectors on the back of the stereo, there are on mine, and thats what I connect my DVD player into.

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June 9, 2004 8:11:31 AM

You don't hook amplified speaker outputs to line level inputs unless you like over-amplified sound, choppiness, clipping, and possible blown components.

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June 9, 2004 8:28:06 AM

Yeah, I noticed all of those things except the blown components when I hooked it all up today. It kind of stinks that this won't all work out nicely. When I turned on my counting crows cd, WOW, there was bass up the wazoo and a tiny bit of music in the background. I am talking a more dramatic ratio than your local import driving eminem wannabe.

Anyway...
Anyone know where I could find a cheap but decent system?
June 9, 2004 9:26:43 AM

Hmm, I used to deal in component systems, but that was before Dolby 5.1. Anyway, if your stereo doesn't have line outputs but DOES have a headphone jack, you could try using that instead.

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June 9, 2004 2:22:26 PM

How old is that receiver? What make/model is it? Doesn't it at least have a tape monitor loop.

Tape out is RCA level. The problem is the tape monitor loop bypasses the preamp functions of the receiver, so no volume control nor tone controls.

On second thought, Crashman's tip is easier.

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