How to Hook Up a Car CD Player in a Room

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How to Hook Up a Car CD Player in a Room
Connecting a car CD player in the home is easier than you think. (autoradio 2 image by Nathalie P from

Installing your car's CD player for home use is easier than it may appear. Car CD players operate at very low amperage (typically 1 to 5 amps), meaning a typical AC wall adaptor is all that's needed to operate the unit. Beyond that, it's a matter of connecting speakers directly to the CD player, or using the amplifier preouts to connect outboard amplifiers. Conventional home amplification can be used in this scenario, meaning a car CD player can serve as the hub of a home stereo system.

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Things you need

  • Car CD player
  • 12v AC adaptor
  • Speaker wire
  • RCA cables
  • Wire strippers/cutters/crimpers
  • 16 gauge insulated wire splices

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  1. 1

    Strip 1/4 inch of insulation from the black, blue, and yellow leads coming off of the radio's wire harness. Twist the yellow and blue wires together. Crimp a 16 gauge insulated connector to each of these wires.

  2. 2

    Cut off the plug component-end plug on the 12v adaptor. Slide the switch on the adaptor to 12 volts. Strip 1/4 inch of insulation from the two wires, and crimp the black wire with a white stripe to the black wire on the radio's harness. Crimp the solid black wire to the yellow/blue wires on the harness.

  3. 3

    Cut speaker wire to length using the wire cutters. Strip 1/4 inch of insulation from the ends of the wires using the wire stripper. Do the same for the green and grey wires leading from the radio's harness. Connect the left negative speaker wire (without printing) to the green speaker wire with the black dash marks. Connect the positive speaker wire to the solid green speaker lead. Do the same for the right speaker and the grey wires. Make all of these connections with the 16 gauge splice connectors and the crimp tool.

  4. 4

    Connect RCA cables to the RCA preouts (if applicable) on the rear of the radio. Connect the other ends to any external amplification used.

  5. 5

    Plug the AC adaptor into a nearby outlet. Turn on the CD player with the power button, or by inserting a CD.

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