How to Hook Up an iPod to a Home Stereo Receiver


An Ipod can be connected to a home stereo receiver to enjoy various music. An Ipod is a great way to listen to music on a stereo receiver if a dock station is not available. Many stereo and newer home theater receivers have connections for USB devices. However, this is not the best option for an Ipod because the music files are renamed and sorted in order to be used with the iTunes software. This will require the use of the headphone jack to connect it to a stereo receiver.

How to Hook Up an iPod to a Home Stereo Receiver
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Things You'll Need

  • Audio Connector Cable
Step 1

Purchase an audio cable that has a headphone connector on one end and an RCA connector on the other. This type of cable can be obtained at various sites online as well as retailers such as Best Buy or Radio Shack.

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Step 2

Connect the end with the RCA connectors to the receiver first. Look at the back of the receiver to find either a CD, auxiliary or other audio input.

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Step 3

Plug the end with the headphone connector into the Ipod. These is the only connections that need to be made to the receiver and the Ipod.

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Step 4

Turn on the receiver and Ipod. Set the receiver to the proper input channel that is using the RCA connectors.

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Step 5

Select a song to play on the Ipod. Adjust the main volume on the receiver. The volume on the Ipod will need to be increased or decreased to achieve the optimal level.

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Step 6

Make all music selections using the Ipod. The receiver is only used to increase, decrease or mute the sound being heard.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Any type of Ipod can be used to connect to a stereo receiver.
  • Do not forget to turn the volume down on the Ipod when done listening to it on the receiver.
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