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How to connect a CD player to speakers

Updated February 21, 2017

A CD player can be connected to speakers whether the player is for use with a component stereo system or it is a portable model. Since a CD player does not contain an amplifier to drive the volume, a set of self-powered speakers must be used. Computer desktop speakers are a good choice for this type of connection. Some CD players may require a Y-adaptor to convert the 1/4-inch audio jacks into a 3.5mm mini-jack for use with external speakers. You can purchase a Y-adaptor at electronics and music stores.

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  1. Plug a set of audio cables into the two jacks on the back of a component CD player labelled audio OUT.

  2. Insert the two plugs on the other end of the cables into the jacks on the Y-adaptor.

  3. Connect the plug on the right-speaker cable to the mini-jack on the Y-adaptor.

  4. Plug the left speaker cable into the jack on the back of the right speaker.

  5. Insert the power cord in the jack on the right speaker and connect the plug on the other end to an electrical socket. Turn the on/off/volume knob clockwise on the right speaker to activate the speakers and adjust sound.

  6. Connect the cable on the right speaker to the headphones jack on the portable CD player.

  7. Plug the left speaker cable into the jack on the back of the right speaker.

  8. Attach the power cord to the right speaker and connect to a wall outlet. Switch on the speakers and adjust the volume as desired.

  9. Tip

    A Y-adaptor is not needed when connecting portable CD players with a mini-plug jack.

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Things You'll Need

  • Self-powered speakers
  • Audio cables
  • Y-adaptor with two RCA-type jacks and one mini-plug jack

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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