how to connect speaker wire to receiver

 

Introduction

Speaker wire is not a complicated thing. But if you're not careful, it can cause problems with your sound system. If you're connecting speakers to an amplifier or receiver and want to know how to do it correctly, read on for tips and tricks!

Connect the speaker wires to your receiver or amplifier.

Connect the speaker wires to your receiver or amplifier.

Most receivers and amplifiers have five-way binding posts to connect speakers. If you don't know what these are, consult with the owner's manual for your equipment. Each binding post has two sets of screws: one on top and one on the bottom. The screw on top is for connecting a bare wire or spade lug (a plastic loop that holds onto an uninsulated wire). The screw on the bottom is for connecting a terminal cup, which has colored bands around its perimeter indicating which color corresponds to each terminal cup hole. On many receivers and amplifiers, there will also be three "round" terminals connected together in series called an "interconnect" bushing this can be used if you want only one cable coming out of those three connections instead of using two separate cables for left speaker plus right speaker plus ground connection (more common).

If you have bare speaker wire, twist the strands of each piece together, up to a half-inch at the end.

If you have bare speaker wire, twist the strands of each piece together, up to a half-inch at the end. This is called twisting your own wire.

There are two ways to do this:

  • One way is by holding both ends of each piece in one hand and then wrapping them around each other in a clockwise direction as shown in Figure 2-1. You can then twist these twisted wires together at a distance of about ½ inch from where they come out of the spool (Figure 2-2).

  • If this method bothers you because it feels like you're going too fast, use the other method where instead of wrapping the end around itself, just twist one end around another so that it looks like an L shape and cut off any excess length (Figure 2-3).

Connect the red and black clips on your speaker wire to the red and black terminals on your receiver or amplifier.

  • The red and black terminals on your receiver or amp are where you'll plug in your speaker wire. The red clip is positive, and the black clip is negative. Make sure the clips are connected to their correct terminals, or else they won't work as they should.

Power your receiver on once you connect the speaker wire.

Once you've connected the speaker wire to your receiver, use the receiver's power button to turn it on.

Speaker wire is not complicated, but it's important to connect it properly in order for your system to work as it should.

Speaker wire is not complicated, but it's important to connect it properly in order for your system to work as it should.

Most receivers have a set of terminals that you can use to connect speaker wire directly from the receiver to each speaker location. It's important that you use the correct type of terminal for the type of speaker connections on your receiver and speakers. If you're using banana plugs or spade connectors on your speakers, then stick with a spring terminal on your receiver; if you've got bare wire coming out of your speakers, then use binding posts instead.

Conclusion

With this guide, you'll be able to connect your speaker wire and enjoy your system. You shouldn't have any issues as long as you're following these steps carefully and paying attention to detail throughout the process.

 

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