How to connect a CD player to speakers

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How to connect a CD player to speakers
Use self-powered speakers, such as for a computer, to hook up to a CD player with no other equipment. (pc speakers image by Georgios Alexandris from

A CD player can be connected to speakers whether the player is for use with a component stereo system or it is a portable model. Since a CD player does not contain an amplifier to drive the volume, a set of self-powered speakers must be used. Computer desktop speakers are a good choice for this type of connection. Some CD players may require a Y-adaptor to convert the 1/4-inch audio jacks into a 3.5mm mini-jack for use with external speakers. You can purchase a Y-adaptor at electronics and music stores.

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Things you need

  • Self-powered speakers
  • Audio cables
  • Y-adaptor with two RCA-type jacks and one mini-plug jack

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    Connecting Full Size CD Player

  1. 1

    Plug a set of audio cables into the two jacks on the back of a component CD player labelled audio OUT.

  2. 2

    Insert the two plugs on the other end of the cables into the jacks on the Y-adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect the plug on the right-speaker cable to the mini-jack on the Y-adaptor.

  4. 4

    Plug the left speaker cable into the jack on the back of the right speaker.

  5. 5

    Insert the power cord in the jack on the right speaker and connect the plug on the other end to an electrical socket. Turn the on/off/volume knob clockwise on the right speaker to activate the speakers and adjust sound.

    Connecting Portable CD Speakers

  1. 1

    Connect the cable on the right speaker to the headphones jack on the portable CD player.

  2. 2

    Plug the left speaker cable into the jack on the back of the right speaker.

  3. 3

    Attach the power cord to the right speaker and connect to a wall outlet. Switch on the speakers and adjust the volume as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • A Y-adaptor is not needed when connecting portable CD players with a mini-plug jack.

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