junglesmacks wrote:I believe the correct way is to hook the EL wire leads themselves up to the speakers directly. Battery power is DC.. and EL wire needs AC. The inverter takes DC power and converts to AC power. Speaker signal is AC.
The voltage is too low going to the speakers, typically something like 0.5-1.5 Vrms. You need a transformer to up the voltage by a factor of 100x or so, then it should light up the EL-Wire.
The EL-wire will respond differently to the different frequencies, particularly the highs (2000+ Hz), and will therefore add a frequency-dependent capacitive load. If you have enough EL-wire, it ought to distort the sound a bit. This is something I have wanted to try but haven't gotten around to yet. I would be curious to know if anyone had experienced distortion from EL-wire in the circuit and what it sounded like.
EDIT: Duh... output voltage of the amp is not that low - I was thinking of input. In any case, unless this is a pretty big amp the Vrms will likely be too low and a transformer will be needed