. After making 15 seconds of horrible noise every time you started it up for the last six months, it finally died. How can I hook it up to the old Sony head unit that I had sitting in my basement?
I have a Phillips DVD player/surround system
. After making 15 seconds of horrible noise every time you started it up for the last six months, it finally died. I took apart the amp/subwoofer to see if it was just a fuse; nope, plenty of crusty caps in there.
I have an old Sony head unit down in my basement, and figured, heck, I'll hook that up. Two problems: input and output to the head unit.
Input: the DVD player used a VGA cable (15 pin) to connect to the subwoofer (the sub in turn has a bunch of ports to the other speakers). There is no other means of outputting sound. I can't find a pinout for this. However, since we use an HTPC anyway (and had it outputted to the Philips unit), I could just bypass the damn DVD player, so this isn't really that much of a loss.
Output: here's where I'm stuck. The Sony head unit is from back in the days of giant 8 ohm speakers, even for surround. The surround speakers that came with the Philips unit are, according to the ports on the back of the sub, 4 and 2 ohm units. If I splice the speaker wires into the head unit, will I crash it? Is there a cheap way to hook up these speakers (bridging resistors...I know that's not how impedance works, but...)?
I'd buy a new unit like the Philips, but I'm kinda broke right now; thus the attempts at kludging something together. I can afford a couple electronic-component-wholesaler resistors if I have to.