How to Hook Up Hi-Fi Speakers to a PC

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How to Hook Up Hi-Fi Speakers to a PC
Connecting hi-fi speakers to a computer requires outboard amplification to successfully drive them. (hi-fi [6] image by Freddy from

Since nearly all modern computers have an audio output of some type, it makes sense for anyone interested in higher quality audio and a large collection of music on their PC to pursue better sound from the computer. When connecting high-fidelity speakers to a PC however, it's important to note that almost no computers have internal amplification to drive them. As a result, using an audio output and an external amplifier is needed to achieve superior sonic results.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Amplifier
  • 3.5mm to RCA cable
  • Speaker wire
  • Small wire strippers

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  1. 1

    Access the rear of the PC. Locate the headphone out jack on the rear of the unit.

  2. 2

    Plug the 3.5mm to RCA cable into the headphone out. Plug the RCA ends into the external amplifier.

  3. 3

    Strip 1 inch of insulation from each end of the speaker wire. Unscrew the binding posts on the rear of the amplifier and speakers, exposing their holes. Insert the speaker wires into these holes, and screw down the posts to secure the wires.

Tips and warnings

  • Always make all connections to an amplifier with the power turned off.

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