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My kid has figured out how to hook his guitar up to my $8,000 stereo. Can he hurt the thing like that? He hooks his guitar to a small mixer, and then wires to the stero using line outs from the mixer. Now he wants to hook up a bass.
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Yes he can hurt it. What do you have?

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If it's passive, I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure he doesn't turn the volume up too high.

Also, just buy him a practice amp. $50.
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If it's passive, I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure he doesn't turn the volume up too high.

Also, just buy him a practice amp. $50.
What he said about a practice amp. I wouldn't let anyone plug a guitar into my stereo. No way, no how. The distortion will tear stuff up.

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Yes he can hurt it. What do you have?
The mixer he is using is a Eurorack 10002 plugged into his new Ibanaz guiter. He's using the "tape out" jack of the mixer. If he increases the volumee on the mixer, the volumne on the stereo gets louder.

He is plugging it into my vintage Harmon Kardon Citation 21 Pre-Amp, a 1970s Solid State model that is among my most prized possessions. From there it goes into four power amps, HK PA-2000 driving Infinity Studio front speakers, HK Citation 19 driving Infinity Reference 2000 in rear, and a HK AV 5.1 amp driving AV and Center, and then into an old HK receiver driving a Yamaha subwoofer.

Of course, he thinks he is Dime Bag Darrell and is pumping feedback etc for effect. I must say, the kid is getting better at it.


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Hey Kirk,

If you've got the money to have an $8,000 stereo, I'd spend a few hundred and have him hook his gear up to that. NO WAY would I risk having a great stereo like that ruined!

BTW, I've found some great equipment at pawn shops-- lots of stuff geared at musicians.

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I've already given him a bunch of my cast off stuff - he has a sonnance amp and a bunch of Bose speakers that just weren't good enough for me. I think I will just put a stop to it. As far as buying him something - no way am I giving him any money - he needs to suffer as a muscian, to be true to his art. I simply can't interfere with that.
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While it does work, home stereo equipment, particularly speakers, aren't up to handling the dynamics of musical instrument pickups over the medium to long term. The risk is to the cones and surrounds on the speakers. Musical instrument speakers have longer throw and thicker paper cones to handle the stress. Then there's the sonic qualities, for clean instrumentation (Midi, Keyboards), then stereo amps can provide the signal quality, but for electric guitars or bass, it will be too clean.
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Yes, what MTI said. Instrument signals aren't limit compressed like recorded music is. You can get higher signal peaks, which if nothing else is gonna be hard on your speakers. Don't think it'll do too much to your amps, as you have good quality amps. They should handle it unless he drives them into distortion levels. Then you'll over heat the output circuits. If you're amps have clipping circuit breakers like my Haflers do, they're protected. If not, I'd be leary of letting him use them.
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Well, I shut em down. They are already composing a song on what a jerk I am. Sad thing is, they never sounded better.
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