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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Stereo Receiver Connectors

Most home stereo equipment uses RCA jacks for analog inputs and outputs (see Figure 3-3). On a home stereo receiver, the tuner, CD, and tape-in (play) jacks are line-level inputs. The tape-out (record) and preamp-out (sometimes labeled aux-out) jacks are line-level outputs. The headphone jack has a stereo 1/8” mini-phone or 1/4” phone connector. Table 3-4 shows the functions of common inputs and outputs found on stereo receivers.

Typical stereo receiver input and output jacks

Figure 3-3. Typical stereo receiver input and output jacks

Table 3-4. Stereo receiver input and output jacks

Type

Input

output

Level

Jacks

Headphone

 

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

High

Stereo 1/4” phone or 1/8” mini-phone

Phono

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

 

Low

Two RCA

CD

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

 

Line

Two RCA

Tape-in (record)

 

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

Line

Two RCA

Tape-out (play)

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

 

Line

Two RCA

VCR-in

 

Stereo receiver input and output jacks

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