Need to know how to hook up a car system to a home stereo? Hooking up a car system to a home stereo is an interesting way to make use of old car systems or add a more rugged system to an area such as a garage. You will need some extra equipment to supply the power to the car system. You can connect a car stereo, amplifier or speakers as part of your home stereo system. This can be a fun project to teach yourself about car stereos and wiring, although you should be familiar with basic wiring before attempting this project or else consult someone who is for help. Follow these steps to learn about hooking up a car system to a home stereo.
To hook up a car system to a home stereo, you will need:
- Speaker wire
- A power supply
- A wire stripper
- A wire cutter
- Audio connectors
- Purchase a computer power supply. Make sure that the power supply will supply enough power to meet the specifications of the car system. You will need to check the specifications for your stereo and those of the power supply. The power supply should also include surge protection.
- Connect the stereo to the power supply. Connect the red and yellow wires to the positive and negative outputs on the power supply. Attach the black wire to a ground. Do not power on the system yet.
- Attach speakers or an audio line to your home stereo. Use speaker wire and any necessary connectors by splicing the audio wire to them. Car speakers can be attached to a home stereo simply by using connectors on the back of the stereo, or by splicing on the required connector to the end of the speaker wire.