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Topic # 130851 30-Sep-2013 15:14
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I've discovered my old amp in the garage and would like to use the 2 speaker I also discovered and attach to the PC. Currently I have no sound card. 

Can anyone plz tell me if this is possible and if so, suggest a suitable card plz - I'm not after high end HiFi.

Sorry if this is the wrong forum?

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  Reply # 905202 30-Sep-2013 15:52
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Most sound cards will give you a mini jack output. you just need to take that and plug it into the Tape / Aux input. You would normal Mini-Jack to 5 pin DIN cable. You may have to hunt around to find one or The Real Music Company in Wellington could sell you one.

Disclaimer: a relative imports naim audio into NZ.

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  Reply # 905215 30-Sep-2013 16:11
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Presumably if you don't have a sound card then you will have onboard sound on the motherboard which your speakers are plugged into? Most Motherboards these days normally have onboard sound and video.
Just plug a 3.5mm stereo to 5 pin din cord into the sound out and in to the amp.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 905236 30-Sep-2013 17:05
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Thanks - you mean one of the above. I had a quick search in NZ and couldn't find one. I'll try again tomorrow.

Cheers

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  Reply # 905247 30-Sep-2013 17:16
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Yorkshirekid:

Thanks - you mean one of the above. I had a quick search in NZ and couldn't find one. I'll try again tomorrow.

Cheers


yep that would do it. If you have trouble try The Real Music Company in Wellington

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  Reply # 905248 30-Sep-2013 17:18
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B1GGLZ: Presumably if you don't have a sound card then you will have onboard sound on the motherboard which your speakers are plugged into? Most Motherboards these days normally have onboard sound and video.
Just plug a 3.5mm stereo to 5 pin din cord into the sound out and in to the amp.


This.

Just to be clear for the OP - the standard 'headphone' jack on your computer will do the trick, with the appropriate cable

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  Reply # 905535 1-Oct-2013 09:33
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Ahhh - good ol' Naim. I've got a Nait II in storage too - love how the plug doesn't even concede to "CD" as an input.

The above cable advice is good, but one thing to note, make sure the cable you buy is correctly wired for a Naim or you won't get stereo output. I recall buying DSE 5-pin DIN cables back in the day and running into this problem.

This cable from ebay UK says it's for classic British, such as Naim, so have a look: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-pin-MIDI-DIN-Male-Plug-to-3-5mm-Jack-3-5-Cable-Lead-/200608999643

...or you could go more high end: http://www.flashbacksales.co.uk/acatalog/3.5mm-mini-jack-5pin-din-cables.html ; http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/naim-din ; http://www.soundsheavenly.co.uk/naimquad-ipod.htm

...or you could get an RCA to DIN cable (http://www.surplustronics.co.nz/products/688-5-pin-din-male-to-2-rca-female) and join it to your PC with an RCA to 3.5mm phono plug (http://www.surplustronics.co.nz/products/596-35mm-stereo-plug-to-2-rca-female) and two female-female adapters (http://www.surplustronics.co.nz/products/4800-rca-barrel-male-to-male). But you might run into the aforementioned pin wiring issues with this.

...or finally, you could go to Jaycar etc. and pick up the bits to make your own cable :)




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  Reply # 906134 2-Oct-2013 08:44
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Ok - the best NZ quote I've had is $160. I guess this was a top end cable. I'm not into that quality of sound as I mentioned earlier. So, just ordered one off Amazon and it will come here via GB (they won't mail to NZ - so had to go via a friend), for $10 all up.

Proof of the pudding will be in the plugging in. I should have it next week.

Many thanks for all of your helpful assistance people :-)

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  Reply # 906155 2-Oct-2013 09:12
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You can order the plugs from JayCar and wire them up yourself very cheaply if you get impatient.




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  Reply # 906157 2-Oct-2013 09:13
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If it's really getting on, I'd look at getting the mains capacitors (at least) replaced before plugging it in.  Old caps have a habit of drying out and catching fire.

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  Reply # 906177 2-Oct-2013 09:22
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stevenz: You can order the plugs from JayCar and wire them up yourself very cheaply if you get impatient.


I suggested this just above - but that said, I can't find a "blank" 3.5mm phono plug at jaycar?

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  Reply # 906205 2-Oct-2013 09:43
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sultanoswing:
I suggested this just above - but that said, I can't find a "blank" 3.5mm phono plug at jaycar?

Just need to know where to look.
http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=PP0130&w=3.5mm+stereo&form=KEYWORD

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  Reply # 906227 2-Oct-2013 10:02
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B1GGLZ:
sultanoswing:
I suggested this just above - but that said, I can't find a "blank" 3.5mm phono plug at jaycar?

Just need to know where to look.
http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=PP0130&w=3.5mm+stereo&form=KEYWORD


Plus an assortment of DIN plugs: http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productResults.asp?whichpage=4&pagesize=10&w=DIN+plug&form=KEYWORD






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  Reply # 906761 2-Oct-2013 22:20
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Surplustronics had one when I last needed one to run a retro amplifier off something, it may have been RCA to din, but once you have it at RCA then its a common adapter to a 3.5mm




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Reply # 906821 3-Oct-2013 00:29
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Out of curiosity I clicked on the Jaycar link to see what the total cost might be. Two parts at $1.50 = $3.

Then I went to the checkout and got the above message popup.

Considering if I got the 2 parts and then I'd need cable plus solder plus know-how [and I don't have ANY of these items], still cheaper to get via Amazon. I can wait...............



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  Reply # 916215 16-Oct-2013 17:47
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Cable has arrived.
Plugged in and all works as B1GGLZ suggested it might.

20years of dust and the Naim Nait rocks once more.

Wife isn't too happy................

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