Intro To Home Audio (Basics) - Part 1
This guide answers alot of home audio questions for anyone struggling
with home entertainment center or just simply trying to hook up
that old amplifier and set of speakers that are lying around. This
guide is mainly directed towards beginners but if your an audiophile
you still may be able to pick up a handy tip or two.
Hooking Up a Stereo Receiver
Before you start you will need two speakers, two speaker cables,
and one stereo amplifier. If your speaker cable looks really old
and tarnished you may want to either replace it or at least strip
new ends for the cables. Stripping new ends for your speaker cables
will ensure a solid connection to the amplifier and will improve
the signal quality transferring from the amplifier to the speaker.
You can find a set of stripping pliers at your local hardware store
or you may even find a par at your local dollar/bargain store, if
you want to go one step further you can melt some solder on the
wire tip to prevent fraying if its the kind of receiver with speaker
clips, or you can end the wires by crimping a c-clip or washer connector
if they attach to the receiver with a screw.
Your speaker wire may be coloured red and black, or maybe not,
just make sure you are constant on how it connects to the speaker
and receiver (red is positive and black is negative). Now if you
have an antenna for the stereo plug that into the FM antenna slot,
some old receivers have an internal antenna housed in a black tube
at the back this can be adjusted for reception later on. Once you've
everything is connected plug in your receiver, turn the volume down,
then turn it on and tune in to your favorite radio station and increase
the volume to your desired listening level.
Different Types of Cables
Common audio cables that are used with your stereo and in conjunction
with your stereo are:
- Speaker cables
- RCA cables (the ones with either red and black or red and white
- A ground wire
- An antenna wire
- An optical cable (for digital output to surround sound receivers)
- Additional connectors
Most audio cables can be converted with an attachment to fit different
types of audio sockets. 1/8 inch stereo plugs can be converted to
¼ inch and vice versa. RCA Cables can be converted to stereo
jacks of either 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch. Just about anything can
be converted to what you need with the right connectors, just go
to your local stereo shop, hardware store, or even some corner stores
will carry these items.
Intro to Home Audio
(Basics) Part 2 >
- All Aspects
of Independent CD Production
It's possible to produce an independant CD that has a professional look,
with proper printing, choice of jewel cases, burn speed and design,
your productions will sell better than ever! Also a good tip on how
to get around using shrink wrap on your CD cases.
- Starting your
own Web Site
Don't lose out on valuable promotion. Having a web site to showcase
your work can be the easiest way to reach thousands of people internationally.
Web Site Traffic
Some basic tips to increase visitors to your website, targeted traffic
is essential you to your websites success. Don't waste your time pitching
your product to someone who doest care. Quality traffic is much more
valuable than your amount of visitors.
Offline promotion, what are you doing to help increase online sales.
- CD Cover Design
How to create an independant CD that has a professional look. With proper
printing, choice of cases, and design, your CD's will sell better than