New guy with questions. Hello. I have recently acquired a JVC cd – 1920 cassette deck. I have to admit I am not in the least bit tech savvy. I would like to get some good bookshelf speakers, but I don’t know what kind of wire hook-up I need. And I don’t know what “line in” - “line out”means (on the back of the deck). Am I correct in assuming that I will need speakers with RCA plugs on both ends? I do apologize for my ignorance, with this is all new to me and I’m trying to learn. I appreciate everyone’s patience. Thank you.
Line in, means line level or source (cd, tuner or cassette) in, so for cassette that would be the source you want to record (and fed via the amplifiers record out rca sockets) & line out = the music signal your sending from the source to the amplifier (line in on the amplifier) so you can listen via the speakers/headphones. For connecting the cd etc to an amp then yes you need a pair of rca leads, however for the speakers (unless the amplifier has those nasty spring clips) the you will need speaker cable terminated with 4mm banana plugs both ends (for spring clips the bare wire at one end). Hope this helps.
Tape deck on the bottom, amplifier above it. Connect to amp with stereo RCA cables. Connect to loudspeakers from the amp using loudspeaker cable. If you don't already have one then you're going to need to get an amplifier if you want to use loudspeakers to listen.
Or you can connect a set of headphones directly to the tape deck and listen that way.