Inherited some speakers at work

Serious speakers.

I’m a hardware retard. What do I need to do to hooky my laptop to these speakers, to play iTunes through them. Is it even possible?

Thanks in advance.

Do the speakers have some cables that came with them? You plug the cable into the headphone jack on your laptop and viola…the sound should come out. It doesn’t take a hardware guru to figure it out.

Um, I doubt the OP’s laptop has a jack for any of the three connectors those speakers have.

First, come to grips with the fact that your laptop will not put out the kind of sound these speakers were built for.

Then, lay out what you need. Your laptop probably only has a mini headphone jack (1/8" stereo) for audio output. You need to get from that to, at minimum, RCA plugs. You can do this with a single cable and an adapter. However, that’s not going to have the power to drive speakers of that size without an amplifier of some sort in between.

No the speakers will be killed with an amp in between, they are active monitors. You just need a splitter from your line out of the sound card to 2 RCA plugs.

My bad. In that case, yep, a mini-headphone to dual-RCA-plug cable should do it.

What is coming out of your PC sound card is a line strength signal. You can use that to drive any amp at all. Normally you would stick a plug in the lime green line out of your sound card and connect it to the line in or accessory input on your amplifier. The amplifier then powers the speakers.

Your speakers have the amps inbuilt. So all you have to do is split the line out signal from the PC and pass it to the speakers (well the amp in the speakers really). So you need a splitter that has a 3.5mm stereo jack plug on one and two XLR plugs or RCA plugs to connect to the speakers.

By the way. They will blow your fucking head off.

Owners manual in case you haven’t got it. Note the installation instructions.

Wow awesome. Thanks guys. Do they need power or anything? It looks like they might, looking at the back.

Thanks. That’s the plan! Awesome information, da.

Yes and they are dual voltage so ensure they are set correctly.

So wait, will I need to split that at the Y, to make the red terminal go to one speaker, and the white to the other? The backs of these speakers is very scifi to me.

So each speaker will need a power cord?

We’ve got a box of old cables (just moving offices, these things surfaced during the move). I’ll dig through it, see what I can find. Will it pretty obvious? Three-prong male to two-prong female?

Here’s a shot of the back: http://www.andysmusiconline.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=Tapco-S5

You can also go with an adapter and separate cables.

Yeah pretty much. They look to be stock standard power cables like every PC has, so does my guitar amp.

What did you mean by:

So wait, will I need to split that at the Y, to make the red terminal go to one speaker, and the white to the other? The backs of these speakers is very scifi to me.

Where are these red and white terminals?

In the quoted link.