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Technics home stereo hook up directions

Updated April 17, 2017

Technics home stereo systems might seem dated now, with their tape deck and phono connections, but Technics doesn't cut corners with quality. If you have one of these old systems, there's a good chance it will still work well with CD and DVD players. Just as with any surround sound system, you may choose to connect two front speakers and listen to audio in plain stereo, or you can connect a full 5.1 speaker configuration to enjoy the latest movies in theatre-quality surround sound.

Turn off and unplug the receiver and all components.

Plug one end of an RCA cable to the red and white "Out" or "Output" RCA jacks on the back of one of your components, and plug the other end of the RCA cable into the corresponding red and white "In" RCA jacks on the back of the receiver, matching red-to-red and white-to-white. For example, if you are connecting a CD player, you would connect the RCA cable to the red and white "In" jacks under "CD."

Plug one end of a black speaker wire into the "-" clip on the back of the left front speaker. Plug one end of a white speaker wire into the "+" clip on the back of the left front speaker.

Plug the other end of the black speaker wire into the "-" clip under "Front L" on the back of the reciever. There might be two sets of front speaker outputs on the back of the receiver, labelled A and B. It should be OK to use either.

Plug the other end of the white speaker wire into the "+" clip under "Front L" on the back of the receiver.

Repeat steps three to five to connect the right front speaker to the "Right +" and "Right -" jacks on the back of the receiver.

Repeat steps three to five to connect the centre speaker to the "Center +" and "Center -" jacks on the back of the receiver. Likewise, connect the surround speakers to the "Surround R +," "Surround R -," "Surround L +," and "Surround L -" jacks on the back of the receiver.

Plug the receiver and all components into power outlets and turn them on.

Press the "Speakers" button on the receiver to activate the speakers.

Use the "Input Selector" knob to select which component you wish to use, and use the "Volume" knob to adjust the volume.

Warning

The "Phono" input contains a preamp specifically for record players. If you try to play other devices through it, they will sound distorted. Make sure no bare speaker wires touch one another.

Things You'll Need

  • Technics stereo receiver
  • Components to connect (CD player, DVD player, turntable)
  • RCA cable for each component
  • 2 Front speakers
  • 2 Surround (rear) speakers (optional)
  • Center speaker
  • Subwoofer (optional)
  • Black and white speaker wire
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Since 2010 Zach Dexter has been writing professionally on a number of topics for various websites, with emphasis on audio production and computers. He also blogs at Zaccus. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago, where he studied music and audio production.