How To Hook Up iPod To Home Stereo
Hooking up an iPod to a home stereo is a good idea for listening to all of the music on your iPod at home. You will need to have a stereo that has an audio input connection to hook up an iPod to your stereo though. There are adaptors to stream your music over the radio as well, but a wired connection will provide the best quality at home. Follow these steps to hook up your iPod to your home stereo.
What you will need:
- An iPod
- Home stereo with an audio input connection
- The correct audio cable
- A radio adaptor if the stereo has a radio tuner and no audio inputs
- Determine whether or not your stereo has an audio input. If it does not, you will need to purchase a radio adaptor, which will allow you to play your music on your stereo by tuning to a radio station.
- If the stereo does have an audio input, you will need to find out what type of input it is. There are a few different types it could have. The main ones are 3.5 mm or two composite inputs for the left and right channels of audio. The 3.5 mm input would be the right size to fit a standard headphone plug into. The composite inputs would be a bit larger than this.
- If the stereo has a 3.5 mm input, you will need to purchase a stereo audio cable with a male connector on each end. Simply plug one end to the iPod and the other into the stereo input.
- If the stereo has composite inputs, you will need an audio cable with one end having the 3.5 mm male connector and the other end with two composite connections. Connect the 3.5 mm adaptor to the iPod and the other two connectors to the stereo.
Tip: There are also products offered to allow you to charge your iPod while playing music through a stereo. You may want to consider this option if you would like to charge your iPod at the same time.