How To Connect Stereo Speakers To TV

How To Connect Stereo Speakers To TV

If you’re looking to enjoy awesome audio output from your flat-screen HD TV, you definitely are not planning to rely on its built-in speakers. That’s because they’re just too small and insufficient to offer you the quality of sound you need.

If you spent time looking for the best TV in terms of picture quality, it’s only fair that you enjoy unmatched audio output to go with that.

As a matter of fact, satellite and cable broadcasts for sports, movies, and even the other programs are normally produced in very high-quality audio but to enjoy it, you need to connect your TV to a stereo or a home theater system, and that’s what we will focus on here today.

Items needed

  • An analog audio cable with a length of around 5 feet – get one with miniplug or RCA jacks.
  • HDMI cables – that’s if your TV and stereo system support HDMI connections.
  • A flashlight – for illuminating the dark corners at the back of your TV and stereo receiver.

The process is a no-brainer and it will take you only around 15 minutes.

Steps for Connecting Stereo Speakers to TV

1.Bring them close together

Position the TV such that it’s optimally close to the stereo receiver or the amplifier. Check to ensure the TV is still reaching the other devices associated with it, like the satellite/cable box, the DVD player, and the turntable.

The ideal distance of the TV from the stereo receiver is around 5 feet, and that’s why in the “items needed” part, we talked of a 5-foot audio cable.

Before you connect any cables, first be sure to turn everything off.

2.Locate the audio output and input

Start with locating the digital (HDMI) or analog audio output jack on the TV. For digital audio, you’re looking for the “HDMI OUT” port, while for analog audio, you’re looking for “AUDIO OUT”, which might be in form of one 3.5mm mini jack or 2 RCA jacks.

With that done, it’s time to look for the audio input on the amplifier or the stereo receiver. This is normally labelled as DVD, TAPE, AUX, VIDEO 1 or VIDEO 2. Most probably, the input is an RCA jack. If yours is a digital connection, you’re locating the “HDMI IN” port.

3.Connect the cable

First, you got to ensure that the cable has the appropriate plugs on the ends. If all is okay, connect one end of the cable to the audio output on the TV and the other end to the audio input on the amplifier or the receiver.

Pro tip: label the ends of the cable with a strip of paper and tape so that if you ever need to make adjustments to the connections, you won’t rely on guesswork.

4.Check to ensure everything’s working properly

As soon as the cable is plugged in, switch on the TV and the stereo to check if the connection is working as intended. But, before making the test, set the receiver’s volume to low settings. Then, try turning up the volume slowly.

If you don’t hear any sounds, the first thing you need to do is check whether the speaker’s A/B switch is activated.

At times, the TV’s internal speakers need to be turned off and the audio output setting needs to be turned on; that can be accomplished by accessing the menu through the remote control.

Watch this video to know more details about this.

Other Sources of Audio

If you’re using a satellite or cable box, you might need more cords. You’ll need to connect the satellite or cable box’s audio output to an audio input on the amplifier or the stereo receiver; for instance, if you used VIDEO 1 for the TV, you can use VIDEO 2 for the satellite or cable box. The same process applies to other devices like DVD players and turntables.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to connect AUX to TV?

Yes. You just connect one end of an analog audio cable to the AUX IN port on the speaker and the other to the AUX OUT port on the TV. You can then change the settings on the TV to AUX OUT.

Can I hook my TV to a speaker via Bluetooth?

That depends on its features of both the TV and the speaker. If they both support a Bluetooth connection, then change the settings to that, and you’ll be able to listen to the TV’s audio on the external speakers via Bluetooth.

Do all TV sets have audio out?

Virtually all the TVs being manufactured these days have an audio out feature, which is normally in form of AUDIO OUT ports or Bluetooth.

Do all tvs have audio out?

While your LG TV doesn't have a set of analog RCA audio outputs, it actually does have two audio outputs that you can use to connect it to a home theater system, soundbar or audio receiver. It has a fiberoptic (TOSLINK) digital output -- this is actually required on any television that calls itself an "HDTV."

Final Verdict

We hope the connection worked for you but if it didn’t and you have ascertained that the speakers are working correctly, disconnect the cables and repeat the steps we’ve covered very carefully.

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