Laptop Audio to Amp
August 18, 2011 12:56 AM Subscribe
Hand-me-down electronics mix and match: laptop audio through amp?
posted by maxwelton to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a c. 1994 Denon tuner/amplifier which still works fine. I use it in my shop, along with the ultra-fancy five-CD carousel I bought back then, too, which, miraculously, still works.
What I'd like to do is run audio out of my "shop special" T60 Thinkpad into the amp, so I can listen to MP3s while wrenching.
I have plenty of inputs on the back of the amp, and I have a cable which I plug into the headphone jack of the laptop, which then splits into channels and is connected to the "aux" input on the back of the amp (I chose "aux" randomly, lots of choices: phono, tape, etc.).
Problem is, as you might expect, it sounds like total crap. I suspect this is because the headphone output is amplified, but "suspect" exhausts my "knowledge". Volume settings don't seem to do much to fix this.
Is there a different way or a trick to get audio out of my laptop , into my amp, and have it sound halfway decent?
I'd be willing to spend a bit of money if I need a special cable or a cheap card I can find on eBay or something. The laptop is docked and running win7, if it matters.
Note, I'm not really excited at the idea of buying an MP3 player or another device to do this; my laptop connects to my server and I have my MP3s stashed there, since I am not a portable music guy.