How to Connect a Laptop to an Amplifier

By Sidney Johns

Listening to music or watching videos on your laptop can be enhanced through the addition of an amplifier. The stereo sound accomplished by this hook-up allows you to share your selections with friends and family without having to share a headset.

Things You'll Need

  • Single Split "Y" AV adaptor cord
  • Laptop with sound card
  • Amplifier with speakers

Step 1

Turn off the power to your laptop and your selected amplifier.

Step 2

Locate the headphone jack or sound card outlet on your laptop.

Step 3

Place the single end of your adaptor into the headphone jack or sound card port on your laptop.

Step 4

Find the Auxiallry inputs on your amplifier. There should be two ports.

Step 5

Match the colors from the split end of your adaptor cord to the input jacks on your amplifier. The red cord goes into red jack and yellow or black end goes into the corresponding color jack.

Step 6

Turn on your laptop and amplifier. Set your amplifier to "Auxillary". Test with a video or music application.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decide on the placement of your amplifier before beginning your connection process.
  • Installation of a sound card may be neccesary for your laptop. Check your computer's control panel for information on the installed software.