How to Amplify an MP3 Player

by Aramenta Waithe

Portable MP3 players are among the most popular devices for listening to music on the go. However, a small pair of headphones is very limited in its potential volume output, making it difficult to use an MP3 player to listen to music when you do not want to wear headphones. However, if you would like to use an MP3 player as a home stereo or connect it to an existing stereo, there are several options available for you to amplify the audio output.


Connect the MP3 player to your home stereo using an audio cable. Look for an auxiliary jack on the front or back of the stereo; the stereo might have a 1/8" jack, which looks the same as the jack for a pair of headphones, or a pair of red and white RCA-style jacks. Purchase a 1/8"-to-1/8" cable or a 1/8"-to-RCA cable depending on what your stereo requires. Connect the 1/8" end of the cable to the headphone output on the MP3 player, and connect the other end to the stereo. You can find the appropriate cable in most electronics stores.


Connect the MP3 player to a pair of self-powered speakers. Most computer speakers use 1/8" audio jacks, which can connect to the headphone output on the MP3 player. Connect the audio cable, plug the speakers into a wall outlet and turn the speakers on. You can find a pair of self-powered speakers in many electronics and computer stores.


Connect the MP3 player to a speaker dock. Rather than connecting to the headphone jack, a speaker dock connects to the same data port that you use to transfer music to the player from your computer. Therefore, the dock must be designed specifically for that model of MP3 player. A speaker dock may be more expensive than a pair of self-powered speakers. However, a speaker dock may have added features, such as a remote control or the ability to charge the MP3 player while it plays music. You can often find a speaker dock at the same store that sells your model of MP3 player.

About the Author

Aramenta Waithe has been a professional writer and ghostwriter since 1989. Her work has appeared in Florida's "Sun-Sentinel" and the "Miami Herald." She writes about a variety of subjects from home improvement to medicine. Waithe attended the University of Massachusetts and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in oceanographic engineering.

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