How to Connect a Regular Speaker Wire to RCA Cable?
Some of us call it ‘converting’ speaker wires to RCA cables, rest call it ‘connecting’. No matter the title is, the task itself is quite important if you’re using a modern electric speaker like subwoofers.
However, let's talk some basics before heading into the core of this article-
- 1 What is A RCA Cable and Why Use It?
- 2 Steps of Connecting A Bare Speaker wire to A RCA Cable
- 3 Bottom Line
What is A RCA Cable and Why Use It?
Did you ever check out the VCR or CD player about how it connected to TVs? If positive, then you’ve might seen three colored cable set that comes from the VCR and ends up on the TV? Well, if you remember, then that cables are technically called RCA cable.
Apart from CDs or VCRs, there are thousands of other applications of it as long as a safe connection between an input and output set is required. In here, we will be talking about speaker wires and how to convert bare wires into RCA cables.
Why Connect A Speaker Wiro to A RCA Cable?
As you have seen before, connecting a bare wire to RCA cables, and create a RCA input line has many benefits. Same goes for the case when you’re doing it with speakers.
Here are the top benefits of connecting a speaker wire to RCA cables-
Steps of Connecting A Bare Speaker wire to A RCA Cable
Before proceeding, let’s have a look at the structure of a RCA cable-
RCA cables consist of one jack at the outer side and two ends(positive and negative) of metal nodes. You are supposed to connect the positive and negative speaker wire to the respective nodes and tighten the connection to let it work.
Here are the steps-
Step 1: Cut the Bare Speaker Wire
To start the process, cut an approximate length of the bare speaker wire to make the connection. Make sure you don’t cut the length of the wire which is more than necessity. Probably, half an inch should do good.
Step 2: Strip the Insulation from the Wires
If your cable isn’t a bare one, that you may need to cut a little bit of the insulation from the wire. That’s a must to make direct electrical connection between the metal wire and the metal nodes of the RCA jack.
Step 3: Make the Both Cables Connected to the RCA Jack
Now, this is the central part of the task. Firstly, you need to live of the jacket from the RCA plug over the wire.It will open up the positive and negative ends of the jack inside. Now insert the positive cable of the speaker to the central node of the jack and the negative one to the sided node of the jack.
Step 4: Make the Connection Perfect
Well, as you’re done with inserting the cables, now it’s time to strengthen them out. Usually, we do it by twisting it with fingers or sometimes rolling in a scotch tape. But there are better ways of doing it.
Take a soldering iron and try to heat up the connection tip. Melt a little metal on the end of the cable connection to make it sure that two ends don’t touch each other somehow.
Step 5: Repeat the Process on the Other End
Now, it’s done with connecting the cables to a RCA. But getting back to the childhood VCRs, you’ve seen them be in both ends of the wires right? So does for speaker-RCA connection.
Now, as you’re done with one end, to repeat the process for the other end as well. MAke sure in anywhere the positive or negative leads don’t get touched by each other.
A few safety factors are needed to maintain through maintain the entire process. I hope as a regular family man, you’re all aware of that. Before making the connection powered in, double check the findings of the connection.