RCA plugs are very commonly used hardware and can be seen usually in audio and video applications such as hooking up stereos, televisions, and mobile mp3 players. It’s a standard form of connection that gives good sound and visual quality by carrying signals to an amplifier. By converting your speaker wires into RCA plugs, you can create your own high-quality RCA cables at very minimal cost. Here are the things you need and some tips on how to go about this project.
Before embarking on this project, you must determine first the reason for doing so. Are you after improved audio quality? Do you have equipment that only takes RCA jacks and not speaker wires? Or do you simply want to create a new set of wires for future use? Make sure that the equipment taking in these wires can handle them. Otherwise you just might be cutting a bunch of wires for nothing.
Starting on a project such as this requires some safety standards. Even though it is a pretty simple process, there is still a possibility that you may get hurt. Always take caution in all the steps that you take. Make sure that the components of your audio or video system are unplugged from their outlets to avoid possible electric shock. As much as possible, also wear gloves and goggles because you will be working with a soldering iron that may be very harmful to your skin if not taken seriously.
3. Cutting the Speaker Wires
You need to be very careful about cutting the correct length of the wire. Get the length of the speaker wires that you need and cut them to this length. When cutting the length of the speakers wires, it should be same length as the RCA cables you are going to use. And when using wire strippers, removing the insulation on both ends of the wire, ensure that you do this carefully and not accidentally cut the wire. When leaving half an inch of wire exposed on both sides, make sure that both speaker wires are also of the same length, otherwise your cable conversion might suffer in quality and integrity. You may also twist the exposed portion to bring the strands together and so that they’re not brushing loosely, which could damage them.
4. Learning the Process
It's important to learn the proper procedure. When connecting speaker wires to RCA Plugs, remove the cover from one of your RCA plugs and insert the speaker wire inside. Connect the positive wire to the plug coming from the rear. Do this by soldering them together. As for the negative wire, connect it to the tab and solder it there as well. Let the soldered portions cool first. After a couple of minutes, slide the cover back in place and screw it back in. Repeat these steps to the others so you can have a complete set of speakers with RCA output.
Once you have completed your RCA plug project, you can now enjoy high-quality music via RCA cables. You will now be able to connect directly to televisions, amplifiers, and even mp3 players. Your speakers can also be used with bigger equipment and become part of a bigger system. The good thing about this conversionusing RCA plugs is that it is of high quality and much better than in its former state.