With dozens of devices in your home that use headphones or speakers, sometimes you may want to hook your iPod or MP3 player up to your home theatre system. These two systems have different plugs, however. How do you use the headphone plug to send sound to a bigger speaker system? Commercially-made adaptors could serve this purpose, but most people have the necessary wires laying around the house.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Old headphones
- RCA audio cable
- Electric tape
- Wire strippers
Cut the headphone wires off as close to the earphones as you can with the wire strippers. There should be one going to each earphone.
Strip both wires to expose about 2 inches. This reveals a small, plastic-wrapped wire surrounded by smaller silver wires.
Twist together the silver wires to keep them together. Do this for each headphone cord.
Strip an inch off the smaller wires inside. Twist the copper wire together, keeping them separate from the silver wires. Do this for both cables on the headphone cord.
Cut off one set of ends from the RCA cable with the wire strippers.
Strip both wires to expose about 2 inches. Smaller wires will be revealed, surrounded by smaller silver wires. Twist together the silver wires, separating them from the smaller wires inside. Do this for both RCA cords.
Strip the smaller wires to expose about an inch. Twist the copper wire to keep them separate from the silver wires. Do this for both RCA cords.
Twist together the silver wires from one RCA cord and one headphone cord. Cover the connection with a piece of electrical tape. Do this on the other set of cords as well.
Twist together the smaller copper wires from the RCA cable and headphone cord. Cover this connection with electrical tape. Do this on the other set of cords as well.
Cover all the connections with electrical tape, making it one cord. This prevents the connections from being pulled apart.
Tips and warnings
- Completely cover the connections with electrical tape to prevent cross-talk.
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