KEF speakers are a respected brand of home audio speaker, and offer a variety of models designed to be used for stereo or home theatre applications. While connecting speakers to your amplifier or receiver is not a difficult process, it's important to take a little bit of time to ensure that you've connected them properly. An improper initial hookup will not only require you to do the job twice, but your sound quality will suffer as well.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- KEF speakers
- Receiver or amplifier
- Speaker wire
- Wire cutters/strippers
Position your speakers in the locations you've chosen. Depending on your speaker set-up and room there are many variations in what you choose to do. The manual that comes with your KEF speakers will have information and guidelines on the best placement options for your speakers.
Prepare speaker wire for each speaker you'll be connecting. Make sure you have enough speaker wire to reach from the receiver or amplifier to the locations of the individual speakers you'll be connecting. If your speaker wire isn't already prepared, remove 1/2 inch of insulation from each end of the speaker wire with a set of wire strippers.
Identify the speaker outputs on your receiver or amplifier which correspond with the speakers you'll be connecting. For example, with stereo speakers, locate the speaker terminals on the back of the receiver or amplifier that are labelled "R" for the speaker on the right side of the listening area, and the "L" output for the speaker on the left side. In home theatre applications you'll need to identify the correct terminals for the centre and rear surround speakers as well. These are plainly marked; but if you're in doubt, consult the owner's manual for your receiver or amplifier.
Loosen the speaker output terminals on back of your receiver or amplifier. In most cases simply turn the knob on the terminal to the left to loosen the terminal until a hole appears that the bare end of the wire can be slid into.
Insert the positive lead of your speaker wire into the positive terminal on the receiver or amplifier. Turn the terminal to the right to tighten the wire securely. Insert the negative lead of your speaker wire into the negative terminal of the receiver or amplifier.
Connect the other end of the speaker wire into the corresponding terminals of your KEF speakers. You'll loosen the terminals by turning them to the left and tighten by turning them to the right. Insert the positive wire lead into the positive terminal and the negative wire into the negative terminal.
Repeat Step 6 for the other speakers in your system.
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