How to connect my MP3 player to my home stereo

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How to connect my MP3 player to my home stereo
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Usually, when you listen to your MP3 player you have it connected to a headset. However, if you want to experience the sound without using headphones and possibly even share the music with other individuals, you should connect the MP3 player to your home stereo system. This gives you the ability to listen to your music through the large speakers of your audio receiver.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • MP3 player
  • 3.5mm to RCA stereo audio cables
  • Stereo system

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  1. 1

    Plug the 3.5mm headphone jack end of the cable into the headphone ports of your MP3 player. Ensure that the cable is inserted all the way; otherwise you experience audio playback problems.

  2. 2

    Connect the red and white RCA stereo cables into the "Audio In" ports on the home stereo system. Often home stereos have these audio-in ports on both the front and the back of the system.

  3. 3

    Power on the stereo system and the MP3 player. Set the stereo system to "Aux." This is the port you connected your RCA cables to.

  4. 4

    Press the "Play" button on your MP3 player, and the audio from your MP3 player begins to play over the stereo system.

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