Tip & How-To about Audio Players & Recorders
Most people will try there best to mark the speaker wires on their speaker system when they run them. That can be a big pain and if you don't mark the with a simple system it can be confusing. It will be more trouble if you did'nt mark the wires when you ran them. I have a very simple solution that works well. You don't need to worry with marking the wires at all. The easy way to identify the spearker you are hooking up when you are installing a system is to use a 1.5 vdc D cell battery. You may ask, why a D cell battery? It is pretty simple. If you have connected the wires to the speakers.With the + (possitive)terminal connected to the side of the speaker wire that is marked with a stripe. Sometimes the stripe is white or black and sometimes no stripe at all. If it does not have a stripe it will have small ridges along the side of the wire. Stripe or ridges we call that the tracer. Place the wire with out a tracer on the - (negative) terminal of the speaker. On the other end of the wires youwill need to strip the insulation from the two conductors of the speaker wire. Hold one of the wires to the - (negative) end of the D cell battery. the +/- indications are located on the side of the battery. The bump on one end of the battery is normally the + (possitive) end of the battery. Touch the other wire to the + (possitive) side of the battery for a second and remove. Repeat this several times and note the poping sound the speaker make. Listen for the location of the speaker that is poping. Hook the speaker to the terminal on the amp that matches the location of the speaker that pops. Move to the next speaker and repeat. Do not worry this action will not harm the speakers. They will see much more than 1.5 vdc when you drive them with the amp. The next time you need to install speakers try this tip. You can use it in every installation and it will speed the install process. I hope you find this very heplful.
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