How to Connect a Sony MP3 to a Stereo

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MP3 players have become increasingly popular as they have declined drastically in price, increased in availability, and are portable and convenient, allowing users to easily download music from their computers. Though usually enjoyed on the go with headphones, MP3 players can also be heard through a home stereo. This is an easy task and requires but one simple component to implement.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 3.5mm-to-dual RCA audio cable adapter
  • MP3 player
  • Stereo with RCA audio inputs

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    Hooking an MP3 Player to a Stereo

  1. 1

    Plug your MP3 player, if applicable, into a power outlet near the stereo. This prevents your device from losing power while playing music through your stereo.

  2. 2

    Plug the 3.5mm end of the 3.5mm-to-dual RCA cable into the MP3 player's headphone jack.

  3. 3

    Plug the other end of the cable--which will be divided into two ends, a white and red one--into the AUX, AUDIO IN, or CD IN input on the back of your stereo, making sure to match up the colors: red to red, white to white.

  4. 4

    Set your stereo to the proper audio channel, which is dependent on which input you used (AUX, CD IN, AUDIO IN, etc).

  5. 5

    Turn on your MP3 player and start playing music. The sound should now emanate from your stereo's speakers.

Tips and warnings

  • There are several devices designed to play iPod MP3 players through large speakers. These, typically labeled as iHomes, are manufactured under a variety of different brand names and can be found at local electronics retailers.
  • If your stereo has a PHOTO IN input on the back, do not plug your audio cable into it. This is a special type of input used to playback images, in case your stereo is hooked up to a television set, and sending audio signals through it could potentially harm the system.

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