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    Old Music Centres

    Hello is there any way you can rig up a squeezebox to an old 1970's music centre with old style 2 pin phono plugs ? Or is the digital - phono conversion a non starter.

    Quick reply needed please.

    The speakers also would be a problem with old connections, but I would deal with that one later.

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    Old Music Centres

    Image of these old plugs? If they are typical RCA plugs, answer is yes. A
    Raspberry Pi with an add-on audio card like the HiFiBerry DAC (
    https://www.hifiberry.com/dacs/) provides RCA output. Use piCorePlayer as
    the software on the RPi and you're good to go.

    On Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 8:50 PM NE5 <NE5.9sxcxb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
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    > Hello is there any way you can rig up a squeezebox to an old 1970's
    > music centre with old style 2 pin phono plugs ? Or is the digital -
    > phono conversion a non starter.
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    > Quick reply needed please.
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    > The speakers also would be a problem with old connections, but I would
    > deal with that one later.
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    Which model is it Steve?.

    ronnie

    I remember 2 pin speaker and 5 / 4 pin din equipment connectors
    Last edited by Man in a van; 2020-11-26 at 00:15.

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    Ronnie, sent you link with photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstalnaker View Post
    Image of these old plugs? If they are typical RCA plugs, answer is yes. A
    Raspberry Pi with an add-on audio card like the HiFiBerry DAC (
    https://www.hifiberry.com/dacs/) provides RCA output. Use piCorePlayer as
    the software on the RPi and you're good to go.

    On Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 8:50 PM NE5 <NE5.9sxcxb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
    wrote:

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    > Hello is there any way you can rig up a squeezebox to an old 1970's
    > music centre with old style 2 pin phono plugs ? Or is the digital -
    > phono conversion a non starter.
    >
    > Quick reply needed please.
    >
    > The speakers also would be a problem with old connections, but I would
    > deal with that one later.
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    Hi Mate, thanks for the reply. Its the old 2 pin type speaker and phono connection, where 1 pin was bigger than the other, before they used the banana plug phono types.

    I don't know what to do about speakers, but I would cross that bridge later.

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    Other points are, this music centre is old analogue, so I suppose what I'm asking is will a SB work because of being digital, even with the raspberry pi ? (is this what you mean ?)

    And of course, it says in the advert that it is untested so they can't guarantee it works, but I think I would take a punt on that providing it doesn't cost too much, and it might unsettle my thoughts on my main hifi system, Rotel amp, Kef speakers !!!!!

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    Usually those 2 pin plugs were for output to a speaker not input from an Aux source.

    A 5 pin DIN was fairly common - e.g. for a stereo tape recorder

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIN_connector

    Also - SB2/3 has Analogue output via 2 phono sockets - which you can plug into an old amplifier - including via various passive cables to route to - for example - a 5 pin DIN.

    Edit:
    The #Wiki could benefit from an update to add that info into the IO Ports section
    https://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.p...omparison.html
    Last edited by Paul Webster; 2020-11-26 at 05:19.
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    Hey Steve, they don't show the rear of the system in the shots, you could always ask.

    Anyway I found the model ont'internet and it seems to have one din input /output marked

    Rec / play

    aux / ext tape/


    I haven't messed with dinplugs since I had an Armstrong 626 (or 625, I can't remember) in the 1970s.

    So this would enable connection of an external tuner or somesuch to the tape replay and / or tape record on the cassette.

    I could not find a user manual, so you would have to have regression therapy to find out how you used it

    So a din cable to phono rca would allow playback. I think only two din pins would need to be connected (and maybe the earth).

    The input sensitivity might overload with a 2volt output but this can be accounted for by using a playback device with a volume control or some attenuation in the cable.

    There is a company in the UK called Flashback cables who do this sort of thing (not as cheap as ebay) but they know their stuff and would be able to advise if you make a successful bid

    all the best, and stay safe

    ronnie
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    That is correct info, I remember now. Because it was a music centre, it didn't need inputs, all it had was an AUX.

    I loved this machine, when I needed to get a CD player, it wouldn't accommodate it so I had to upgrade the entire thing and got amp, speakers, CD player and turntable.

    It would only be a spare machine now, I only have a few LP's I kept because they are classics etc. I don't have any tapes I digitised my entire LP and tape collection.

    If I got it, could I run this music centre from the current raspberry pi that I use with my main system without having to change anything ?
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    Am I missing something here? (must be!) - Classics/Duets and Touches have RCA outputs.

    I have one connected to an old Technics amp.

    Do you mean something else?

    Tony.
    13 x Classic / 4 x Boom / 2 x Touch / 2 x Radio / 3 Duet / 3 Controller / W10 LMS 8.0.0

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