possible to hook up old Sanyo speakers?

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  1. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    I dug up a pair of really old wooden Sanyo speakers and I was wondering if it was at all possible to get them to work and hook them up to a laptop or ipod. The model number is SX-160B-3. They don't have any cords but there's what I think is an input hole in the back of each one. (see pictures) They have an 8" woofer, a 3" tweeter & 8 ohm impedance. I've googled and searched and I ended up here, hoping someone will know how to tackle this project. If it is possible to get them to work, I know I'd have to open up the back but I have no idea what to do from there. I'm almost pretty sure it's a lost cause but I wanted to ask anyways since I'm keeping them in my room regardless of whether I get them to work. I'm new to audioholics AND a/v & tech stuff; you've been warned.

    (i also posted this in Room Acoustics, System Layout & Setup before i saw the beginners section ahahh)

    pictures
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  2. markw Audioholic Overlord

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    The cabling isn't a problem but you're gonna need some kind of amp between the computer and the speakers. It could be an old receiver you picked up for a song at a flea market up to something fancy. Can you live with this investment?
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  3. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    it depends on how big of an investment it is. do you have any suggestions for an amp or what kind i should be looking for? i have a receiver
  4. bikemig Audioholic Chief

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    Well if you have a receiver, then you should be good to go. You connect the computer to the receiver via the audio out (a mini-jack to rca inputs) and cable up the speakers. There are different ways to connect a computer to a receiver but analog is the easiest and cheapest. This is a good and really inexpensive source for cables, http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp.
    Edit: you might want to put up some info about your receiver so people can help you troubleshoot any problems you might have.
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  5. Adam Audioholic Jedi

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    As the others have said, (a) it's possible to hook them up, and (b) there's more than one way to do it. It really shouldn't be difficult for you to get those two speakers running, assuming that they still work. Like bikemig said, we can help you work through this.

    The reason for the amplifier is that the headphone (or line out) jack on your laptop/iPod puts out enough power to run the tiny speakers that are in headphones, but it doesn't put out enough to run the larger ones in those Sanyos. Hence, you need to boost the power.

    From the picture, the input jack on the back of the speaker looks like an RCA jack to me. Some speakers take two bare wire inputs that go into a positive ("+") and a negative ("-") terminal, some speakers use a RCA jack input, and other speakers use some other type of jack. Typically, the ones that don't use bare wires came as part of a larger system that included the receiver or amplifier. For example, a number of "home theaters in a box" and computer speaker sets have jacks on the back of the speakers.

    Before getting into which cables to buy to connect to those speakers, I second bikemig's recommendation that you let us know which receiver you have. That will help us know the easiest way to connect things. Also, do you happen to have a computer speaker set? Specifically, one that connect to the speakers using RCA jacks into the speakers? If so, you could try connecting those Sanyos up in place of two of the computer speakers. They might sound pretty quiet because they are larger than the computer speakers, but it might be worth a try just to check if they work.
    Adam,
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  6. Seth=L Audioholic Overlord

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    The connect the speakers to a garden variety receiver you will require a simple adaptor. You'll notice that the back of the speaker has an RCA connector. The outer metal jacket is the negative terminal and the inlet is the negative terminal. RadioShack is one local place you can pick up an RCA terminator. The terminators typically have a simple means to connecting bare wire. It's typically recommended (for the safety of the receiver) to solder the leads of bare wire to the terminator, but I just used electrical tape. I was just a kid at the time, so soldering was not something I had considered.

    If you need any of this translated, let me know. I check back periodically, but I don't post as often as I used to.
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  7. markw Audioholic Overlord

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    Radio Shack used to sell, and probably still does, speaker cables with bare wires (for the receiver) on one side and RCA plugs (those speakers) on the other end. You need two.

    Also, they (or anybody, for that matter) sells a cable with a 1/8" stereo mini plug on one end and two RCA pugs on the other end to go from your computer to a receiver. You need one.

    That's pretty mucj it...

    Of course, not knowing what reciever you're talking about sort of limits any guarantees of accuracy for any answers.
  8. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    it's a yamaha receiver:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1977.jpg
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1978.jpg

    This is the cable I have that currently connects my laptop to the stereo. It's dual functioning as it comes with a connectable red/white plug (go ahead and cringe at my lack of correct usage of words).
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1979.jpg

    I don't have computer speakers because I can connect my laptop directly to my stereo. However I also have a pair of Panasonic speakers that are currently connected to an older stereo with NO output, which is why I had to get a new stereo. The older stereo's speakers were wired in so I was able to connect the Panasonic speakers directly to the old stereo. Now that I have the receiver (also recently dug up -- I suddenly became very determined to set up a real sound system in my room), I want to connect the Panasonic AND Sanyo speakers to the receiver, connect that to stereo, and connect the stereo to my laptop. (i think im going to need another one of the cables that i have w/ audio out to in)

    BUT i'll cross that bridge when i get to it. It seems that the main concern with the Sanyo speakers is how to connect them to the receiver. You all said I needed an RCA cable of some kind, and an amp. Now that you know what receiver I have, are there any specific suggestions on how I should go about connecting them? also - do i need to open up the backs of the sanyo speakers?

    in case you were curious, here's my current setup:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1991.jpg
    The old silver stereo is kinda hidden, on the black drawers next to the laptop. Its speakers are on the window sills. The black Sony stereo is on the left Sanyo speaker and the right Sony speaker is on the right Sanyo speaker. One of the Panasonic speakers is in the corner behind the laptop, underneath the left Sony speaker. I moved things around a little so you can see all the speakers better:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1987.jpg
    The other Panasonic speaker is on the other side of the desk:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1992.jpg

    and here's a better look at the panasonic speakers:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=download3.jpg
    label/model number:
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=download5.jpg
  9. Adam Audioholic Jedi

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    You've got some nice gear. This will be easy, and now that we know exactly what you've got, we can solidify this.

    Keep using that same cable between the laptop/iPod and the stereo. It'll work great with the Yamaha, too.

    To connect the Yamaha to the Sanyo speakers, get or make a cable like this one for each speaker:

    [​IMG]

    Seth mentioned how to make them yourself, and it's not difficult. That's just a link to some pre-made ones from Radio Shack.

    The bare wire end connects to the Yamaha (either the "A" or "B" speaker outputs, depending on how you end up connecting all of your speakers), and the RCA jack connects to the speaker.
    Adam,
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  10. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    Sweeeet. alright I'll get on it and update later!

    Thanks to everyone for your input and helping me out with this.

    if this works i'm never leaving my room
  11. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    the Sanyo speakers work! I got the cables I needed and wired them into my old stereo just to test them out and they're both working fine. I honestly thought they were too old. i wish they had a little more bass but i'm not trying to buy a sub right now. at least i dont need an amp. Now i need to figure out how to work this receiver so I can hook everything up together. I've been trying lots of different combinations of wiring with each set of speakers and with no success of sound. at first i got a little hum out of the panasonic speakers but i cant even get that anymore. anyone know how i wire two sets of speakers and connect the receiver to a stereo AND a laptop? the stereo has one input.
    here's a closeup of the receiver. the black & red wiring part that's flashed out is the "surround sound":
    http://s428.photobucket.com/albums/qq4/suckafreejr/?action=view&current=IMAG1994.jpg
  12. Adam Audioholic Jedi

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    Awesome! I'm glad that they work.

    You can run two sets of speakers from that Yamaha, if that's what you're wanting to do. You'd connect one set of speakers to the "A" speaker outputs, and the other set of speakers to the "B" speaker outputs.

    From your updated picture of the back panel, it looks like you've connected speakers to at least the "B" outputs.

    The Yamaha probably has a button on the front that allows you to turn on the "A" and "B" speakers. I'll get the manual soon, but I can't remember my sign-on for the Yamaha site (I've been away from here for too long :eek:). [EDIT - I see it in the picture now. It's the button that reads "SPEAKERS A/B/OFF" near the headphone jack.]

    Once you get the Yamaha hooked up, why do you want to connect the stereo to it? Just curious. If that's what you want to do, I'm sure that it'll be simple to do it.
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    Adam,
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    What do you mean by a "stereo"?

    The computer would connect to an "aux" input or some such. What inputs are available your unit?

    Speakers are easy. One set to the "A" speaker output, the other to the "B" speaker output.
  14. Seth=L Audioholic Overlord

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    The Sony stereo has a connector on it somewhere that is likely labled "AUX" or "Auxilary" that looks like a headphone jack. Using a 1/8" - 1/8" male to male stereo cable you could connect it to your computer. Basically the cable looks like a headphone connector at both ends.
  15. lynniewhoa Enthusiast

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    alrite i got it. there was wiring for A, B & surround sound speakers. at first i connected the sanyo to A and the pana to B, but the receiver makes you choose either set A speakers or set B and I wanted to play both at the same time (even though i set the system to 4 speakers; you can set up to 5). so i moved the pana to surround and connected one red/white/input cable to A and one to surround, and connected both to my laptop via the 2 headphone inputs. I was initially trying to find a way to connect both sets of speakers through just one cable, but i realized i have 2 headphone inputs. But i also wanted to incorporate my stereo into the whole thing because the speakers' sound is nice and crisp, and it's new so i couldn't just leave it there. i thought i could wire the stereo's speakers into the receiver but the wires have a plastic cap on them that only fit into the stereo. so i connected the stereo & laptop with the audio input/headphone cord (my initial setup). SO i basically have to choose any 2 combinations between the 3 sets of speakers. my default is stereo & panasonic, but sometimes i switch the panasonic with the sanyo. the only way i could play all three simultaneously is if i was able to play both speaker sets A & B on the receiver, or if i got one of those plugs for headphone jacks that makes 1 input to 2 inputs. ive seen an Apple one before but it cut the decibel (?) in half and that would defeat the purpose of having all the speakers hooked up together.

    by the way, thanks for everyone for taking on this project with me. it was worth it

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