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I would like to hook up my Pioneer KEH-M5550 tape /CD to my computer and need to know the wiring colours from tape output heads to the amp ?

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  • ricardoandma Feb 07, 2009

    I have tried the cassette thing and the sound is very poor quality though >Appreciate the comments about the amp being overdriven



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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

I am assuming that you would want the sound output of a laptop to feed the Pioneer KEH-M5550. If you would hard wire the output of the laptop to the input stage of the amp where the tapehead goes into, the amp would be overdriven. This is because the output of the tapehead are very very low while that of the the laptop is high line level (enough to drive even a headset). What could be suggested is to use a Car Cassette Adapter similar to shown below available from most electronics stores such as here.
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Alternately, if the KEH-M5550 has an AUX INPUT RCA to RCA (meant for MP3 players), then that may be used.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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    Louie Role Feb 07, 2009

    I do agree on the poo sound quality of the cassette adapter; and technically, it would be rather difficult modding the circuitry of the Pioneer to accommodate a line in since a logic circuitry is used for signal source selection, volume & tone controls.

    A better option would be to use an FM modulator (stereo transmitter) where the laptop would broadcast its sound output to an unused FM frequency and the KEH-M5550 would pick it up as a regular stereo broadcast. Sound quality wise, it is very good to the point some trunk CD changer system uses this method. Below is a very good example while other versions/models may be viewed here.




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