TVs & Home Theaters forum

General discussion

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.


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Want to hook PC to Home Audio Receiver
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Want to hook PC to Home Audio Receiver
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

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

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

Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?