Computer Connected to PC Speakers or Headphones
Many users will first install Stereo Workstation Software on their home computers. This usually consists of a desktop computer with internal CD player or Hard Disk as the input Music source and a pair of small stereo speakers or headphones for the output. Even a laptop computer with headphones can be used as your first Stereo Workstation Computer. You can also connect your MP3 Player to your desktop or laptop computer and use it as the Music source. Stereo Workstation Software installed with these configurations will let you create much better Sonic Performance for all your Music. However, the best Sonic Performance that you can achieve will be limited to the performance of your desktop speakers or to your headphones.
Computer Connected To Home Stereo System
If you can locate your home computer near your stereo system, or if you have a spare computer that can be used as a dedicated Stereo Workstation Computer, then you too can experience the benefits of a Stereo Workstation in a big system environment. The main difference is that now you are driving your big Stereo System instead of your small desktop system or headphones. You can even drive your big Stereo System with a Laptop computer. If you already have a multimedia computer driving your home entertainment system then installing Stereo Workstation Software will allow you to improve the Sonic Performance of your stereo source material in a big way.
Specific connections from your Stereo Workstation Computer to your Stereo System cannot be shown because there is too much variability in Computer Audio output configurations and Stereo Amplifier input configurations. If your Computer has an Audio Board installed then you should connect Audio inputs and Audio outputs as indicated in the Audio Board manual. You may have Analog as well as Digital (S/PDIF) inputs and outputs.
If you do not have an Audio Board installed then as a general rule the Computer Analog output will be a single 1/8 inch stereo mini-jack (usually the green one) and the Stereo Amplifier input will be separate left and a right RCA jacks. You will therefore need an adapter cable with a 1/8 inch stereo mini-plug on the Computer side and two male RCA connectors on the Stereo Amplifier side. This configuration of adapter cable is available at Radio Shack and at computer stores like CompUSA.
You might be able to connect a Stereo Workstation computer using the Tape Loop or External Processing Loop connections of your amplifier. These Loop connections can be used with Tube and Turntable based systems to improve the Sonic Performance of these systems.
The following abstract views show suggested placements of components for several possible configurations.