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I just bought a house and the basement has a theater room. This wall jack (should be a pic below if i did it right) is connected to two speakers on the other wall. I assume your TV connects to it somehow but is there a way that I can make it work with my iPod and/or other items? That would be great since I'm not using my TV with it. Thanks!
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If you posted the right picture, all that is is a hookup for your speakers. There should be an area where all the wires come together where you would put a receiver. Those wires should run to the back of that plate. The iPod, tv, etc would hook up to your receiver.
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what kind of receiver would work for this? Like brand name and model or something. Would I be able to get some type of Apple Airplay setup going? That would be awesome. I don't really know much about this stuff as you can probably tell. Thanks for the help!
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Hello USAF_POL, welcome to the forum.

We can certainly help you but you need to give us a little more info. Can you post some more photos of the other jacks? The ones on the other wall and any other A/V jacks around that area would be a good start.


The speakers on the other wall: Are they speakers that you have plugged in to the jack or are they built into the wall?


Typically in this setup you'll have two jacks like the one pictured. One near where you will connect your receiver and another one where your speakers are. If the speakers are built into the wall, then they're likely connected to the back of the plate in your picture.

Pretty much any receiver will work. The only thing you might need to worry about is impedance.
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That is actually the only jack that there is. The speakers are built into the wall on the opposite side of the room than the jack. I could see the wire on the other side of the wall from the jack to the speakers and its a really thin, flat wide, white wire. I'm assuming the white wire goes from the jack, across the ceiling and into the speakers. I can't be certain because I lose sight of them when they go into the ceiling. But this is the only jack and the two speakers are the only speakers in the house so they must go to each other. Thanks again for the reply and the help
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That makes it easy then.

Your receiver will go somewhere near those jacks and you cna use regular speaker wire to connect it up. As for Air play or whatever, just make sure whatever receiver you pick will support it.


I'm also thinking that the speakers in the wall were originally placed there as rear speakers for a surround sound system. Could there have been a big TV against the wall that jack is on? The previous owner might have had front floor standing speakers along that wall with their TV and other components and had the rear speakers wired in.
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Yeah they did have their TV on the jack wall, you're probably right. I might look into getting some replacement speakers if these are not great quality. Thanks and I will check out some receivers, any good ones you can think of for me to look at?
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Yeah they did have their TV on the jack wall, you're probably right. I might look into getting some replacement speakers if these are not great quality. Thanks and I will check out some receivers, any good ones you can think of for me to look at?


Hello and welcome.

As far as receivers go what is your budget and what would you like to do besides Airplay. Is there a HT (home theater) in the plans somewhere down the line. There are several entry level receivers that do a great job for 300 or so maybe less if open box or clearance. Sony, Pioneer, Onkyo, and Yamaha have some very nice receivers that could serve you well.

If you want help, (and for someone else to help spend your money) you have come to the right place.

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