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Y connector The stereo works on the headphones. And I gave you the wrong description -- it's the metla, band, metal, band and then metal that plugs into the back of the PC, 1/8" plug. I hpope I'm not confusing you. The two Y connectors are all metal. Thanks, Bill

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    I'm using a Y plug because that's what the subwoofer has installed on its back side -- a left and a right for stereo. I'm running a 1/8" stereo plug from the PC to the two plug-in outlets on the back of the Yamaha speaker. Now we're back to where we started. No sound.

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Ok the only issue i see causing the problem if stereo headphones work directly on the laptop is that you are running stereo to mono and maybe back again. it did occur to me as well... why are you using a Y plug.

Robert

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