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How to Connect a Laptop to an Amplifier

Updated February 21, 2017

Listening to music or watching videos on your laptop can be enhanced through the addition of an amplifier. The stereo sound accomplished by this hookup allows you to share your selections with friends and family without having to share a headset.

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  1. Turn off the power to your laptop and your selected amplifier.

  2. Locate the headphone jack or sound card outlet on your laptop.

  3. Place the single end of your adaptor into the headphone jack or sound card port on your laptop.

  4. Find the Auxiallry inputs on your amplifier. There should be two ports.

  5. Match the colours from the split end of your adaptor cord to the input jacks on your amplifier. The red cord goes into red jack and yellow or black end goes into the corresponding colour jack.

  6. Turn on your laptop and amplifier. Set your amplifier to "Auxillary". Test with a video or music application.

  7. Tip

    Decide on the placement of your amplifier before beginning your connection process.


    Installation of a sound card may be necessary for your laptop. Check your computer's control panel for information on the installed software.

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Things You'll Need

  • Single Split "Y" AV adaptor cord
  • Laptop with sound card
  • Amplifier with speakers

About the Author

Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.

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