How to Connect Speakers That Don't Have RCA Cables

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Connecting speakers that don't have RCA cables will likely require you to use some type of converter. Connect speakers that don't have RCA cables with help from an audio engineer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey, everybody. Joe Liptock, audio engineer. Today, I'm gonna be talking about hooking up speakers to an RCA cable, but don't necessarily have RCA jacks. Now, the first thing you wanna do in this situation is check up on the status of your speaker. Is it active? Meaning: do you plug the speaker in? Or is it passive? Meaning: does the input connection of the cable power the speaker? Because if you change a passive speaker to accept composite or RCA plugs, you won't get a sufficient signal because the cable of the RCA plug will only transfer low level audio signals. It's expecting to then be powered by the speaker. So, if you have a powered speaker, in that case, then you should be fine. In fact, you should already have a composite jack on that speaker. But, if you don't, you can change it to that, add a little bit of soldering work, and there you go. But, please, please note that if your speaker is passive, you should stick to powering it from the speaker cables provided from the receiver, itself. So, I hope this video sheds a little bit of light on that subject, and I hope you stay safe. Thanks for watching guys!


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