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I have an Aiwa NSX-V25. The two speakers attach to the back of the amplifier via free wires that you connect manually.

I want to attach a 3.5mm jack to the wires (each speaker has two) and plug it into my sound output from my computer. Would that work? If so, which wire should I solder to what part of the 3.5mm jack?

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Computer speakers are usually powered speakers (often known as monitors) - these have an amplifier built in. The inputs are usually line-level.

HiFi Speakers are usually unpowered and have to be connected to the outputs of a HiFi amplifier.

Your Amplifier may have an Aux-in connector to which you can connect an audio cable from your PC's line-out socket. You can purchase cables with suitable connectors at each end.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I actually want to get rid of the amplifier altogether to save space and just get the soundcard output out to the speaker. Is that a possibility? \$\endgroup\$ – Housni Nov 30 '13 at 0:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, it is not. You need an amplifier. If you are feeling handy, you can put your amplifier inside the speaker if you wish. I also doubt you can solder to a 3.5mm jack directly. They are usually nickel plated. I love this article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solderability \$\endgroup\$ – HL-SDK Nov 30 '13 at 2:55

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