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Want to hook PC to Home Audio Receiver

by Ace21 / March 16, 2005 5:03 AM PST

I want to hook my PC up to my home audio receiver. I used a "Y" connector from the PC "Digital Audio Out" RCA jack, hooked it to top grade audio cables, then into the back of my receiver for "LD" ( laser Disc!)( it was the last remaining open jack) The music plays but I get a highly audible Buzz. Is there some sort of pre amplifier that I could use, there must be a way to hook up these great MP3's to my home stereo.

Thanks
Ace

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Why this way?
by Art / March 16, 2005 3:31 PM PST

cd or dvd burner are very reasonable and the medias are very inexpensive and I assumed your dvd player plays mp3, if not, they too are cheap. Just a different way of looking at things.

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buzz
by acebreathe / March 16, 2005 3:51 PM PST

Is the cable used on the pc firmly in the jack?

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confused...
by bent / March 21, 2005 6:40 AM PST

If you are trying to get stereo (2-channel) out, then you shouldn't be using a digital output to a Y-connector (I don't even know what that would do - 5 channels out split to a left and right input?

Easiest way I know of is to use a 1/8" mini phono(male) to L/R rca jack patchcord. Connect the 1/8" to the headphone or line-out jack on your PC and the RCA plugs to a pair of L/R analog inputs on your receiver. This is the same cord you'd use to connect a discman to an amplifier. I'm not sure if the Laserdisc inputs are the same as CD, tape, etc.

If you're trying to get digital out, then you have to use a single digital cable from your PC to a digital input on your receiver.

Sorry if this is way off base, but as the subject states, I'm a little confused.

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Your Buzz Problem
by finserra / January 27, 2006 11:34 PM PST

I'm having exactly the same difficulty. I am assuming (though I cannot verify easily)that in my case the problem stems from running the audio cables en mass with other cables)over a reasonably long distance. As I understand it, unless the sheilding on the cable is very, very good, you can't prevent all harmonic distortion from closely aligned cables. In my case it's even more aggravated, since I am running those cables through a basement room that carries electrical switching, telephone switching, the furnace, furnace venting, cable television switches, etc. Although it's a reach, I'm thinking a wireless set-up might avoid some of these issues (but it could just make things worse).

You used to get these kinds of buzzes all the time in the old days with tube-style audio products, and it usually resulted from bad cable, bad cable sheilding, or just such an enormous collection of electronic components sending off "harmonics" that you would just have to find the right cable specing to avoid it.

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