I have a sony mini-stereo that I have been hooking up to my notebook to get some better sound for listening to tunes. The problem is I also hook this mini-stereo to my monitor sometimes when I am gaming on my console(Ok, it's an xbox ). As you can imagine it is a lil' bit of a PITA switching the audio cable back and forth between my notebook and monitor every time. I took a look around some sites online, but I don't even know what to look for really, and I didn't see anything that would combine 2 headphone output jacks(male end), into one set of RCA inputs for the stereo.
Is there any way I can get the headphone jack on my monitor(only audio output), and the headphone jack on my MBP(only audio output) connected to one set of RCA's for the only audio input on the mini-stereo?
Optimally you should get small, inexpensive RCA switch. They usually come with 3 inputs and one output. Convert each of your input devices to RCA (as you currently are) and plug them into the switch. Connect the switch to the stereo using and RCA patch cable. Typically there is a dial or three buttons to select which input device you want to use. You can get these boxes at The Source, sometimes Canadian Tire, BestBuy, FutureShop, musical instrument stores or online. I've found BB and FS to be overpriced for these kinds of accessories.
Gets more expensive if you want to use both inputs simultaneously as you need to move from a passive switch to an actual mixing board. You can get small, inexpensive boards off the demo tables at most musical instrument stores like Long&McQuade, Cosmo, etc.
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I'll second the use of a switch, you technically could do it without but would introduce more potential for noise and issues. If you look hard you can find super cheap switches like this for ~$20 or less.
yes I do have the red and white (R+L audio inputs) on the front, and I have been manually switching a connected headphone jack back and forth between my MBP and computer monitor. I'm guessing the RCA's on the front are my only set of audio inputs.
Not rushing to do this really, at this point, as I just had to send back my 3rd brand new Xbox to Microsoft in 3 months. It's hard to believe, but I've somehow gotten 3 new Xbox's and none of them could read discs. It's funny too, they don't even bother replacing the disc drive each time, they just send another new Xbox hoping it will work. No wonder Microsoft isn't the worlds number 1 brand with products like this eh!
Anyways, sounds like the RCA switch is needed, as the single yellow video input doesn't handle audio.