How do I Hook Up Alesis Monitor One MK 2 Studio Monitors to an RX- V663?

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How do I Hook Up Alesis Monitor One MK 2 Studio Monitors to an RX- V663?
Cut wires to the desired length for the Alesis Monitor One MK2 monitors using a spool of speaker wire. (speaker wire image by Paolo from

Alesis Monitor One MK2 monitors are high-end stereo speakers for connecting to a home amplifier or receiver, such as the Yamaha RX-V663. Speaker wires connect to the knob-type terminal caps on the rear of the Alesis monitors and to spring-type levers on the rear of the Yamaha. The terminals on each component are colour-coded to help distinguish the positive from the negative connections.

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Things you need

  • Speaker wire
  • Wire strippers

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  1. 1

    Place the Alesis monitors in the desired location in the room. For distances from the Yamaha no more than 10 feet, 18 gauge speaker wire can be used. Longer distances require thicker wire. Speaker wire thickness increases as the gauge number decreases, for example, 12 gauge wire is thicker than 16 gauge.

  2. 2

    Cut wires for each speaker long enough to connect to the Yamaha and remove 1/2 inch of protective shielding from both ends of each wire.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the black and red terminal caps fully on the back of each Alesis monitor to open the holes through the centre of the caps.

  4. 4

    Insert one of the speaker wires into the hole inside the red cap and the other wire in the black. Wires typically come in different colours to distinguish the positive connection from the negative. The wire inserted in the red terminal carries the positive signal.

  5. 5

    Tighten both caps to secure the speaker wires to the Alesis monitor.

  6. 6

    Connect the other end of the wire to the red and black clips on the back of the Yamaha by raising each clip to open the hole for the wire. Connect the left Alesis monitor to the left speaker terminals on the Yamaha and the right monitor to the right terminals.

Tips and warnings

  • Unplug the yamaha receiver from the electircial outlet to prevent a short circuit while hooking up the Alesis monitors.

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