How to hook up your iPod to your home stereo
If you have all your music on a portable MP3 player, such as an Apple iPod, there's an easy way to listen to it through the big speakers on your home-stereo system. You can choose between three options: connecting using the headphone jack, an iPod dock, or a wireless FM transmitter.
- Connecting the iPod via headphone jack
All you need is a simple Y cable, which is available from any home-electronics store. Connect the small plug to the headphone output of your iPod--or any portable audio player. Then connect the red and white RCA-style plugs to the matching inputs on the back of your stereo receiver or boombox.
- Connecting the iPod via iPod dock
To connect using the iPod dock, you first need to purchase an iPod dock accessory. Using the same type of Y cable, connect the small plug to the matching jack on the rear of the iPod dock. Then, plug the red and white RCA-style plugs to the matching inputs on the back of your stereo receiver or boombox. This method provides a line-level connection that maintains a volume level to your stereo system and allows the iPod to recharge.
- Connecting the iPod via wireless FM transmitter
You can also connect your iPod to your stereo wirelessly. You'll need to purchase a compatible wireless FM transmitter--there are several available--and connect it your iPod. Once your transmitter is connected, simply tune any nearby radio to the correct frequency, and you'll be listening to your own iPod-powered mini radio station.