Can I Connect Speakers Directly To My TV? Facts About TVs, Amps, & Speaker Wire Use

Yeah, I know how it feels: lots of TVs out there have terrible speaker sound quality. Or maybe you just want to enjoy better volume with your favorite movies or shows.

In this article, I’ll help you find out if you can connect speakers directly to your TV and what your options are. I hope to help you get the right kind of sound you need and enjoy your television experience!

Can I connect speakers directly to my TV?

Let’s get to the answers to the main question right away.

TV and speaker fast facts
  • No, you cannot connect speakers directly to a TV. TVs do not provide speaker outputs that can drive speakers directly as that requires an amplifier of some sort to power them.
  • Most TVs do, however, provide audio outputs that allow you to connect them to self-powered (computer) speakers, a small external amplifier, or home stereo receiver.
  • The types of speaker system electronics & cables you need depend on your TV’s output jacks. There’s no standard set of TV audio outputs, although most have RCA (stereo) jacks, a 3.5mm jack, or something similar.

So, unfortunately, the bad news is that you can’t hook up speakers directly to a TV (I’ll explain why as we go). However, the good news is you can connect speakers to a TV in other ways – and fairly easily, too!

How TV audio outputs work + the common types

Diagram of TV audio outputs analog and digital

Televisions usually have one or more types of audio outputs: analog (which can be amplified to drive speakers or connect to a home stereo receiver) or digital. Digital signals have to be converted back to analog before they can be used to drive speakers.

The most important thing to know first is that TVs do not offer speaker outputs. Instead, they usually provide analog (and digital, sometimes) low-level outputs to connect to an amplifier, powered speakers, or a home stereo.

Just like with any audio electronics without speaker outputs, the audio signal you can connect to comes directly from the internal electronics from the media you’re enjoying. In this case, the audio is extracted from the TV signal, separated, and copied sent to both the internal speakers (if present) and the audio output jacks.

Analog vs digital TV audio outputs

Analog outputs can be connected to nearly any audio amplifier, powered speakers, or receiver with RCA or similar analog inputs. They’re extremely common – however, not all TVs have them these days.

Digital audio outputs, on the other hand, must be converted to an analog sound signal either using a converter box or can be connected to some home stereo/home theater receivers with digital audio inputs. 

The standard digital audio outputs and what they support are:

  • Coaxial (RCA jack) digital output: very common for home subwoofer signal output, but can also carry full-range sound too as an alternative to a TOSLINK connector.
  • Fiber optic output jack: This is almost always a TOSLINK type connector which uses a plug-in fiber optic cable you can buy (not expensive).

The internal speakers in your TV use an inexpensive audio amplifier chip that supplies enough power to drive with decent, but not great, power & volume.

Common TV analog outputs are:

  • RCA stereo jacks: left & right stereo signal outputs, which can be connected to a home receiver’s AUX input RCA or to powered speakers.
  • 3.5mm (1/8″) headphone sized stereo jack: left, right, and ground signal connections

Do I need an amp to connect speakers to my TV?

Diagram showing how amplifier works to boost TV audio output for speakers

Shown: A basic diagram showing why you need an amplifier to drive speakers with TV sound and how they work.

Yes, you’ll need an amplifier to connect speakers to your TV, either separately or built into powered speakers like computer speakers. A home theater receiver or stereo amplifier with auxiliary audio inputs can also be used.

However, if you don’t already have an amplifier and only have basic needs (like enough power to drive small speakers with ok sound) you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Note: Computer PC speakers are really easy to use and very affordable, making them a hassle-free way to connect speakers to your TV. You can get anything from a high-fidelity speaker set complete with subwoofer to a basic budget stereo speaker pair depending on your budget.

If you already have a home stereo receiver you can fairly easily take advantage of that. I’ll cover all of these options below.

How to connect speakers to a TV: diagram with examples

How to connect speakers to a TV diagram showing examples

You’ve got several basic options when it comes to connecting speakers to your TV, most of which do require spending a little bit of money. However, some ways such as using self-powered PC speakers, are a snap to do in only minutes.

As you can see from my diagram above, there are 4 main ways to get sound by using external TV speakers. These are:

  1. Using a computer (self-powered) speaker set. This may need a 3.5mm to RCA adapter cable.
  2. Using a mini amplifier for powering small bookshelf style or other home stereo speakers.
  3. Connecting the TV sound to a home receiver for using your existing speakers.
  4. Digital output use: With a digital to analog converter, it’s possible to connect to any stereo receiver, powered speakers, or auxiliary input you like.

1. Using computer speakers

Image showing example of computer speakers

Shown: An example of self-powered computer speakers with 3.5mm audio connection and USB power connector.

Computer speakers are the easiest way to add speakers to your TV. Nearly all come with an audio amplifier built into them and either use an AC-DC adaper or a 5V USB power connection. If your TV doesn’t have a USB power port (most don’t) you can simply use a USB phone adapter.

These speaker types can give great sound quality if you shop carefully and are very affordable, too. A decent pair start close to $15 and above, while there are cheaper products out there. However, the cheaper models tend to have a very “thin” sound: poor treble, poor bass, and overall a very bland sound response.

More advanced speaker sets include a self-powered subwoofer for even better bass response. Since PC speakers use small speaker cones many times they can’t produce much bass without one.

How to connect computer speakers to a TV without a headphone jack

Image of male RCA to female 3.5mm headphone adapter

Most PC speaker sets use a standard 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo headphone connector, so for TVs without a 3.5mm jack you may need an RCA to 3.5mm adapter cable.

They’re usually about $3 or less and available at many online retailers and sometimes your local retail audio/video store, too.

2. Using a small amplifier and separate speakers

Exanole of external amplifier and speakers for TV sound

Example of a miniature amplifier and bookshelf speakers you can use with a TV for great sound.

You might think that you’ll need to spend a ton of money to power a higher-quality pair of “real” speakers like some great 4 1/2″ or 6 1/2″ just like a regular (and much more expensive) home stereo receiver. It’s not the case at all!

If you shop carefully, it’s possible to use a very basic – and affordable – mini amp and external speakers on a budget. For average TV, movie, and music channel listening you’ll only need 5W or more per channel amp power.

Amplifiers of this kind start in price around $20 with 15W per channel and a great-sounding pair of bookshelf speakers can be found for about $26 and up. Like many things, it depends on your needs and your budget.

As shown in the diagram, you’ll need to connect the amplifier to the TV’s audio outputs using RCA cable or in some cases, and 3.5mm adapter also. Most mini amps come with an AC-DC wall power supply you’ll plug in.

Next, you’ll connect the amp to the speaker terminals using speaker wire and you’re ready.

3. Using a home stereo receiver

Home stereo receiver digital and analog inputs example image

Already have a home theater sound system or home stereo receiver? Great news: in nearly all cases they offer at least one auxiliary (“AUX”) input RCA input pair to make it easy to connect your TV for excellent sound.

You’ll just need to connect RCA cables to one of the receiver’s auxiliary inputs. These are sometimes market for TV, cable, and/or DVD or Blu-Ray inputs selected from the main sound control.

On some models, they’re located on the front of the receiver and may be called “AUX” inputs. If your TV doesn’t have analog (RCA or 3.5mm) outputs, the digital inputs can be used. Those are nearly always optical (TOSLINK) or coaxial (RCA style) connectors.

4. Connecting speakers to a TV with digital audio outputs

Digital audio optical and coaxial output examplesExamples of digital audio output connectors some TVs use.

What if your television only has digital audio outputs? While it is a little bit more complicated, the good news is that you’ll be fine. To use digital audio connections, you’ll need: (1) A stereo receiver with digital audio inputs OR (2) a digital to analog (RCA) converter.

Digital to analog audio converter box example labeled

A digital to analog converter is a small box with a wall power input (adapter is supplied) and input & output jacks on both ends. It allows connecting a device with only digital audio out to any standard receiver or amplifier.

Using a digital to analog converter allows you to connect a TV without analog outputs (RCA jacks or a 3.5mm audio jack) to any equipment, making them super handy. Most sell for $15-$25 or so, depending on the brand and seller.

More helpful info about speakers, speaker wire, and diagrams

Here are more great articles I’ve written to help you get your speakers working or learn the basics:

Got questions, suggestions, or comments?

Feel free to reach out if you’ve got a suggestion or leave a comment below. If I didn’t cover your TV & speaker situation, I’d love to hear how I can improve my article. Thanks!

Your comments are welcome!

  1. Hi,

    So I connected my (very old) Logitech Z4 speakers to my tv using a toslink cable > DA converter > aux cable > speakers.

    It all works fine. My tv’s audio output is set to “SPDIF only” and the digital audio out setting is “PCM”.

    However, I can’t use my tv’s remote control to adjust the volume. I can only use the Logitech’s wired remote which has the volume knob.

    Could you help? I hate having to move around to adjust volume. It goes against my pledge of sedentary hedonism

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      • Hello Gopi. Actually, the sound quality can be very different, as it depends on several things:

        – The quality of the signal from the TV
        – The quality & noise level of the amplifier
        – The capability of the speakers for producing sound well (and the frequency range they can)

        For the average person they may sound the same, but as with many things, it’s an “it depends” situation. Also, a digital audio output can provide surround sound in some cases which an analog output cannot.

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          • I’m using a hdmi arc convertor to rca. But keep showing no signal or weak signal. But I try other components the hdmi can detect. Only when using the converter the signal is weak. My optical cable Insert already spoil by those audio mechanics. What other choice I have??

          • You mean you have a very weak volume (low volume)? I’m not sure as I’m not clear on what converter you’re using, but you may want to try a different HDMI audio extractor.

  2. I recently acquired a panasonic/viera tv, appears to be a smart tv but no idea how old. If possible I would like to connect a pair of older computer speakers to the tv and would like your input. First is it possible to do so and if so how would I need to configure? I have a rough explanation below of the input ports. (0 = a port) Right side of tv: input #3; 0input, L & R audio 00. Rear of tv: left panel: R & L audio—R———-L Video
    HDMI 1 PR PA Y
    audio in 0 0 0
    0 0 0 0 (multi prong female)
    Component video in 0 0 (multi prong female)s video
    0 0
    Input 1 0 video
    0 0
    Input 2
    0 0
    HDMI 2
    Audio in

    Output
    0 0
    5 ports total

    It may look weird but the best I could do, hope you can help, thanks.

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  3. TV Model#: TC-32LX70; 60Hz; 2.3 amps power rating; Manufacture date: 11/2007

    Speakers: Dell Model # A215; 12 v / 0.5 amps

    Thanks, you are ACES, even if you can’t hook me up. I never expected quite such rapid responses unless it was some automated one. Thanks much again

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    • Hi there again & glad I could help. Ok, so looking at your TV & speakers this should be easy and is a “best case” scenario. :)

      1. You’ll need a stereo cable adapter (these are cheap, around $3 or so depending where you shop): 2 male RCA plugs to one stereo 3.5mm (1/8″) female headphone jack. These are common adapters, just that sometimes local stores are bad about stocking them. You can find them online for a good price if stores don’t have them.

      2. You’ll just connect the 3.5mm plug from the speakers to the female jack, then connect the male RCA plugs on the other in to the red, white “OUTPUT” audio jacks you see on the back of your TV. These are at the bottom.

      I don’t think you’ll have to, but some TVs may need the outputs to be turned on in the TV settings. Hopefully this helps!

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      • Hi again, obviously I do not initially follow direction well, below is what I did do and still have no sound; TV audio settings: speaker output on, HDMI 1 in auto set; power adapter plugged into wall & connected to right speaker input, right speaker RCA jack to TV audio output; left speaker RCA jack to TV audio output; am left with a 3.5 minijack from speakers with no place to plug in and static coming from right speaker, silence on left speaker. I do not play well with others as you can tell, your further assistance is appreciated.

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        • Hi Bear, I think you’ll have to use the 3.5mm connection as I recommended earlier, not the RCA jacks. I don’t believe those will work for you as far as I’m aware. You’ll need to a 3.5mm female jack adapter to male RCA plugs (see my comment above).

          You can also be sure your speakers are working by plugging their 3.5mm connector into a headphone jack to check.

          Thanks.

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  4. Hi.
    I have a set of active B&O speakers I want to connect to a Samsung TV QE75Q85R. I know that a converter is needed. Is it possible to buy a converter HDMI to analog converter. Have any of you experience by this setup. Can output volume be controlled by the Samsung remote?

    Reply
    • Hi there, you can definitely use an HDMI audio extractor in most cases. It can take the HDMI signal and extract the audio then convert it to a pair of analog RCA jack outputs.

      I’ve used one like this affordable one here (link).

      To the best of my knowledge, however, you won’t be able to control the volume with the TV remote, unfortunately. You’ll either need to do so at the speakers or with a volume control inline with the RCAs, if you can’t adjust it at the speakers.

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  5. I have a couple of old large speakers that were in the family. They take 1/4 inch jacks and I want to connect them to my tv. What is the easiest way to convert the jacks and use the speakers? I just picked up a newer turntable and wonder if it has enough power to go between the tv and speakers? It only has a 3.5mm aux in though.

    Reply
    • Good morning, Charles. It sounds like they’re not powered speakers so you’ll need to use a small amp to drive the speakers as shown in option #2 in the diagram. You don’t need a big one just to get sound. You’ll connect the amp to the RCA outputs or other audio out source on your TV, depending on what you’re dealing with.

      If the speakers have a 1/4″ connector you’ll most likely need to get 1/4″ plugs and connect speaker wire to them. I’m not aware of turntables that can drive speakers so that’s not an option.

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  6. Hi there
    I just wanted to confirm if I need amp to connect my Panasonic speakers both having two wires (Red and White) . Or should I connect RCA connectors at the end of red white and plug it in the ANDROID TV :)
    Thanks regards

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    • Hi Nick. If your speakers have speaker wires (which is sounds like based on your comment) and aren’t powered, then yes you’ll need a small amp to power them. You’d connect the amp to an audio output jack/jacks on the media device you’re using.

      An inexpensive mini amp with just a few watts per channel is usually just fine. Best regards!

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    • Hi there. No, you’ll need to use a small amplifier as shown in Option 2 in the diagram. That’s because RCA jacks are a low-level signal output that can’t drive speakers directly.

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  7. Hi Marty,

    I find your instructions and info excellent !
    However :) probably due to my age I am unable to hook up my TV to my speakers and get sound.

    My TV is also older Samsung 55″ LCD Model LN40D550K1F…… I’m using a PYLE PFA 200 mini Amp and connecting to DENON USC 500 speakers.
    I have changed the TV speaker setting to external and only get some feedback that to me indicates power to the speakers but nothing else.

    I feel it is something very basic I’m just not doing,your help will be much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Dave

    Reply
    • Hi there Dave. How have you connected your mini amp to your TV? I see in the Samsung manual I found you should be using the 3.5mm (1/8″ headphone) line out jack labeled “audio out.”

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      • Thanks for your quick reply Marty !
        I have only used the RCA connectors from TV to mini amp.
        Do I use the 1/8″ line as well or instead of ?
        Thank you ………….Dave

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        • Hi there I should have clarified: you’ll need a cable adapter with a stereo 1/8″ plug to 2 male RCA plugs. Those aren’t too hard to find and shouldn’t cost much. I get mine cheap (new) from eBay under $3 or so. You might be able to find some in stores.

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  8. Thanks Marty !
    I was in the process of checking Amazon and was going to ask if this is what I should be using.
    “UGREEN 3.5mm to 2 Male RCA Adapter Cable”
    I think that’s what I need :)
    Upon your confirmation I’ll just order one.

    You help is wonderful !!

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  9. HI,

    I am going to use an osd alexa (echo dot) amplifyer to run sound from the dot to 2 ceiling speakers. The osd manufacturer says the audio out (3.5 jack or rca jacks) need to be “variable” in order to use the product and control the volume. Is there a way around this? I cannot find a 24″ tv that for sure has a variable analog audio output.

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  10. AS A LAST RESORT, I COULD USE THAT. I HOPE THAT FULY WORKS. BUT WOULD BE EASIER IF I COULD FIND A 24″ TV WITH VARIABLE OUT. THAT WAY I WOULD’T HAVE TO GET OFF THE EXCERCISE BIKE TO ADJUST THE VOLUME.

    THANKS FOR THE QUCIK RESPONSE AND IDEAS.

    Reply
  11. Greetings, Just purchased my first modern light weight 55 in. tv.) (Toshiba) Upgraded from a very old, very heavy box type JVC. I thought I could improve the sound so I hooked up some computer speakers to it. They also have the sub woofer in the middle. I was watching a DVD of some old tv series like Mannix, Rockford Files, and noticed I had to turn the speaker volume control as high as it would go. Then I wanted a little more volume and ended up turning the tv volume on the remote as high as it would go and then it was just right! Doesn’t seem right that both volumes would need to be at maximum. I listened to some songs on YouTube and also had speakers turned to max, but didn’t have to turn tv. to max, but it was up there pretty high! Am I losing my hearing, or is this normal? Joe

    Reply
    • Hi Joe I think it could be that the volume of the content (the channel/movies/TV shows etc) is really low. I’ve had that happen before myself. Even on YouTube as well where they create the video with a lot lower volume for some reason unfortunately.

      Sadly, I think it’s somewhat normal. I will say however that it might be that the DVD player’s audio level output is low too.

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  12. Hi Marty – The best and simplest explanation i ever seen.. great work my friend, I really appreciate.
    I have 2 questions,
    1. one i convert TV Digital output to analog, do I still need amplifier before feeding this to speakers or not ?
    2. For my car Hummer H3 2006, its speakers were perfectly fine..but all of a sudden the level of sound became too low, i tried all connections everything, but it didn’t improve,
    Inbuilt speaker still gives sound but volume is only 20% of what it originally used to have,
    What may have went wrong, I took it to audio repairs, they want to sell new music system, I am happy with the original stereo it had.
    thanks,

    Reply
    • Thank you, Mandeep. :)

      1. Yes once you have an analog signal you’ll still need an amplifier to drive non-powered speakers. Or connect the analog signal to speakers with built-in amplifier like PC speakers, for example, to make it more simple if you like.

      2. It depends on whether or not your vehicle has the factory amp & subwoofer. If there’s no factory amp & sub, then most likely the head unit is bad and will need replacement. If it’s an amplified system, it will require changing the head unit and either bypass the factory amp or integrating with it in order to keep it. (Assuming the amp is working ok).

      If you want to keep the factory system you’ll have to look for a used original stereo and/or amp and try replacing those. Generally however aftermarket stereos etc are much better than the factory systems like that. You can sometimes find used original stereos on eBay.

      The hard part is figuring out what the cause of the low audio problem is, but I would suspect it’s the head unit.

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  13. Hi Marty,
    Do they make a device I can plug my mini amplifier in so it will “detect power” and turn on when I turn on my TV? Currently I have to turn my mini amp powering my soundbar on and off manually. I suppose I could leave the amp on all the time but that seems like that would decrease its longevity. Thanks.

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    • Hi there. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a device like that. However, you could put the mini amp on an inexpensive outlet timer so it’ll automatically shut on & off according to the time you set. I’ve used those with small heaters before to have them turn on before I come home & turn off while I’m gone.

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  14. Hi Marty,

    Your article is fantastic. Thank you. I’ve been using my Panasonic stereo for audio output on my older TV without problems. I did the connection with a two headed jack plug. Two ends were connected to the tv audio (L & R) and the other two ends connected to the stereo. I tried the same with my new LG smart tv but it didn’t produce any sound. Please, I would appreciate your help.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Hello, Charles. What model is the LG TV? My initial thought is that either you’ve got the wrong audio connection or the audio output must be enabled in the TV menu.

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        • Hi Charles. I think I see what’s going on here. From the pictures & info I saw, your TV doesn’t have analog RCA outputs you can use. You do, however, have an optical digital audio (“TOSLINK”) jack.

          You can do what you want by using an inexpensive digital audio to RCA converter like this one. I would go through the menu just to be sure the optical output is turned on, but I think it probably already will be.

          I hope that helps!

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          • Hi Marty, It appears my problem is coming to an end, thank you. Can I also use this converter? DAC Converter, Techole Aluminum 192KHz Digital/Toslink to Analog RCA L/R Audio Converter Adapter with Optical Cable, Coaxial Cable, USB Cable Powered For PS3 PS4 Xbox HDTV Blu-ray Sky HD Apple TV.

            Thanks very much.

  15. Thank you so very much Barty. I’ve placed the order and will let you know whether or not it works. But I’m pretty sure it will.

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  16. Hi Marty! I could use some help on what cord to use to connect my old surround sound system to my new Smart TV. I have a Denon receiver – model AVR3300 and the TV is a Sony Bravia X80H. I think it should be a simple connection – but I’m not sure what cord to use. Really appreciate any help you can give!

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    • Hi Diane. :) Ok, so judging by what I see for your Sony TV, it appears you’re fortunate in that I don’t believe you’ll need any kind of adapter or converter. Your receiver has selectable digital audio inputs (OPT-1, OPT-2, OPT-3) which you should be able to select as an audio input on the receiver.

      You’ll need a fiber optic cable (“TOSLINK”) to connect to the digital audio output port of the TV and into the OPT-1 of the receiver. These cables aren’t expensive (typically under $10) so that shouldn’t be an issue.

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  17. Hello,

    Great website and advice, so thanks first.

    Question: I have a new Samsung Q90 TV. The TV speakers are ok, but not brilliant. I also have a older Samsung bluetooth soundbar/subwoofer but it is not very good (older model).

    However, I do have a pair of BOSE Acoustimass wired cube speakers and a BOSE wired subwoofer (Acoustimass 5 Series II think). These are older year ~2000 models that used to be wired to a SONY stacked hifi.

    How could I connect my BOSE rig to the Samsung TV? This TV has the new One Connect system, so all the gubbings are in a separate box. The One Connect has an optical out port.

    Seems a shame to waste the BOSE speakers and woofer :(

    Advice appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jason

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  18. Marty, the BOSE wired setup looks like this: https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-audio/488955.gif – as you can see, the speakers go from the woofer.

    The manual for the BOSE system is here https://www.manualslib.com/manual/217964/Bose-Acoustimass-5-Series-Ii.html

    I was just trying to avoid the little separate DAC device. Surely the mini-amp I showed earlier has a DAC, since it has optical in (digital) and it has wired amp-out connectors. Wish I knew more about these things, but the only difference in the amp I mentioned and the one you suggested is that mine has optical in and the amp connectors are plugs. I really need wired connections as all of my speakers/woofer require wired connections.

    Appeciate your thoughts.

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  19. Right, I connected up the mini-amp (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N10PF4B). The speakers work fine for some apps like YouTube, but for Netflix and Amazon Prime there is just a high pitched scream :( Also, there is a small delay when playing films sometimes, it is like a micro pause. It only happens when using optical to the new mini-amp; TV speakers and soundbar on bluetooth are not affected.

    I tried two optical cables. I was wondering if that DAC was needed after all?? :-(

    Any ideas appreciated.

    Reply
    • Hi Jason. It’s hard to say – I think it could be a digital audio data signal issue or an issue with the amp’s optical input. There are some cases where some media sources don’t act right for the digital audio out. They’re sometimes a big source of frustration.

      One that *should* work well is an HDMI audio extractor. If I recall correctly your TV has an HDMI output which can connect to one and then out to RCA or TOSLINK outputs.

      Monoprice has a good one I’ve used. I’m fairly certain this would do the trick. However, it’s still worth trying the small optical adapter we discussed.

      Unfortunately there’s no way to know for 100%, but I would try the HDMI audio extractor if it were me. I hope that helps!

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      • Hi, thanks for the information. Not sure about the wiring here. If I were to try the existing DAC I have, how would I proceed? Would the optical out from the Samsung TV go to the optical in of the DAC? If so, that leaves me with two RCA female ports (R & L). What do I do with them? Would one go the amps R and one to the amps L? Not sure what else it could do! lol

        So:
        Samsung TV –> (optical out) –> DAC (optical in) –> amp (optical in) –> R/L to R/L of amp

        Regards,
        Jason

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  20. Hi, I got it working in the end but not with optical. I had to use the Bluetooth option. With Bluetooth enabled I can connect to the mini-amp (it has a good sized antenna) and it then works fine with Netflix and Amazon Prime, etc. No idea why the optical had an issue, perhaps an incompatibility or a firmware issue. I know that BT is not as good as optical.

    There is also a USB input on this mini-amp – see https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61hzIDOyeyL._AC_SL1200_.jpg. Is that a mini-USB? Would a HDMI from the Samsung to this USB be another option, and would that be better than Bluetooth?

    Regards,
    Jason

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    • Hi there, the USB input may not work for audio as it requires a device that can deliver audio over USB which not many devices can do. I would stick with Bluetooth for now.

      Best regards.

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  21. Hi! I have Harman Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 speakers which has bluetooth, but I have it connected to my Google Home so am using an Digital to Analog Audio Converter to connect my TV to my speakers using the optical cord as the input and 3.5mm Jack as an output. Works great except I’m not able to change the volume using my TV remote even though I changed the TV sound to come out of my External Speakers (Optional) and changed it to PCM as well as Auto. Instead of the volume changing, the speakers icon pops up and nothing happens (but means the TV remote is working) so I have to press the volume button on the speakers themselves. The speakers don’t come with a remote. Is there a way around this? Thank you!

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    • Hi Cindy. That’s actually not that surprising because generally speaking, a digital audio output usually doesn’t allow for changing the volume. It just carries a digitally encoded version of the stereo or 5.1 audio, and that’s it.

      One thing you might consider using is an inline volume control. There are some made for headphones (3.5mm connections) that will work but aren’t perhaps as convenient to use. There are also RCA jack inline volume controls with a real knob, and you could connect one of those using inexpensive 3.5mm to RCA cables.

      Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck finding an electronic version with a remote to do the same thing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any out there. You’re the second person to ask me about this issue, so don’t feel bad! :)

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  22. Hello,

    I have LG 32LK6200PLA and it has RCA analog, but when I plug in my Kurzweil KS-40A speakers – no sound. By your article (great one by the way) it says that speakers must have their own power source and these have, but still – no sound. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    • Hi there Syndrom. I had a look at your TV’s available connectors, and from what I can tell, it appears you do not have analog audio outputs available. They appear to be inputs. I had another gentleman with an LG TV with this same issue.

      Have a look at option #4 in the diagram in the article.

      You have 2 options:
      Easy/inexpensive option: connect a digital audio/TOSLINK to analog adapter to the optical digital output on the TV. This will provide the signal you need (about $15 USD cost). These normally also include the fiber optic cable you need.
      Connecting to an HDMI output jack with an “HDMI audio extractor”: This will extract the digital audio signal from the HDMI video output feed and provide analog audio jacks you can use. These aren’t as inexpensive or simple as a digital to analog converter, so I wouldn’t choose this option unless you must.

      Have a good day. :)

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  23. Very good advice offered.
    I have just returned a sound bar because my TV did not have HDMI Arc. The second option was to use the optic cable. Everything worked except that the audio didn’t sync with video. Disappointed to say the least.
    Your suggestions for shelf speakers is tempting. Before I start purchasing equipment I have one question: Will any of your options eliminate the audio/video delay?

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    • Hello Bevo. If you’re able to use analog out for bookshelf speakers, I would think you won’t have the delay problem. As far as using the optical output (or others), I’m honestly not sure.

      If you have an HDMI output, an audio extractor can be used. It’s worth a try, but I can’t guarantee there won’t be a delay with that, either. Sorry!

      I would try searching to see if other people with your model TV have the same issue and what they may have found to work.

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  24. Hi
    We have a Hisense TV model # 43R6E and older Bose speakers mounted in the wall and the ceiling, so we don’t want to change to wireless, as we would have to redo drywall, paint etc. Is there an amp you would recommend that would accommodate 4 speakers vs 2?

    Thanks
    Kelly

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          • Hi Marty
            We got the receiver you recommended, the Pyle PT390AU, and the speakers work with the stereo receiver but not the tv. We connected with RCA red/white but no luck. I went to settings and the tv is able to auto-find the receiver. The TV has AV – OUT but not AV – IN connections. The tv has a digital connection but the receiver does not.
            Do I have to connect with USB to USB?

            Thanks in advance
            Kelly

          • Hello Kelly. According to the Hisense documents your TV does not have RCA audio ouputs, so it sounds like it’s not connected correctly. In the connection diagrams I see, there’s a 3.5mm line out jack you’ll need to use with a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

            USB won’t carry the audio out, only line out, HDMI (with an extractor), or digital out.

  25. How to connect a pair of Sony SS-H501 6 Ohm speakers to my MI TV? Please Guide in detail. Is there an amplifier required? If required then which and what about volume control? Will it be TV remote controlled?

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    • Hello, Anish. If you read my article it will explain the main options you have for connecting & powering speakers to your TV (which you did not specify). It’s all there along with diagrams. Speakers must be driven with power, so yes, you’ll need a (small) amplifier or powered speakers.

      The volume control depends on the type of audio output you use from your TV as well as how the TV is designed. Some allow using the TV’s volume control while others do not. Best regards.

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  26. Hi there. Thanks for the superb, informative site!
    Here’s one for you… I have a small tv with no output sockets whatsoever, only an HDMI used by a Firestick. The speakers are appalling, only 1watt. To improve matters I dismantled the thing and rerouted the the speaker wires to the speakers in a 2x5W cheap sound bar. I realise that’s probably pushing the internal amplifier to the edge, and although the general sound quality is better it’s not particularly good. So, my question is, could I use amplified PC speakers connected to the speaker outputs instead of the sound bar? Or would the TV main board go pop?

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    • Hi Geoff. Good thing you’re handy with taking stuff apart! That’s tough when you have no audio jacks to work with. You should be able to use a line-level converter normally used in car audio for that.

      That way you’ll have RCA outputs and should be able to connect the amplified PC speakers. I would get a converter with adjustable outputs just in case the signal output needs to be increased. The converter will not be a burden on the TV’s speakers outputs.

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  27. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for all the good advice. I have seen several mini amp options online. Honestly having trouble gauging quality or reliability. Any recs would be appreciated.
    Also, I am unclear on the options of controlling the amp settings aside from directly on the unit. i.e. If I use a mini amp without a remote control (Almost none have) to connect speakers to my TV, can I still use the TV remote to adjust volume? I’m not clear on this. I certainly do not want to get up and down to adjust volume, which is a constant need in my world.

    SAMSUNG TV-UN48H6400AF w Smart Hub Remote Samsung Part# BN59-01185F

    Thank You!

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    • Good afternoon, Mike. If you’d like a simple little amp that gets the job done yet still sounds good, this Lepai 2 ch. mini amp works well. (I used it for PC speakers similar to what you’d do for TV audio)

      Unfortunately the issue of controlling volume is a pain as often the TV’s audio output may not be controlled by the main volume, sadly. I haven’t found a great way to do this by remote control but I’m still looking. It is possible, however, to use an inline RCA or 3.5mm (headphone style) volume control/knob, although it’s not as convenient.

      I’m going to keep looking for a better solution for that problem as what I’ve found so far was only available in kit form and not a good option for most people.

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      • Thanks Marty,

        I posted the same question here to an Amazon audience regarding this product. Fosi Audio BT10A
        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KSWPCS4/

        One person told me I could adjust the amp volume with my phone via BlueTooth. The other stated I could fully adjust the volume with the Samsung remote.

        I don’t know if either answer provided is reliable, but wondering your thoughts.

        POSED TO AMAZON BUYER:
        If i use this product to connect speakers to my tv, can i use the tv remote to adjust volume? Asked on January 11, 2021

        “Yes. The TV volume should adjust the signal level on the outputs that you’ll connect into the amp. You’ll want to preset the volume knob on this device to a level which works well with both the lowest and highest volumes that you want to use on the TV.”

        Thanks again, Marty!

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        • Hi again Mike. (1) You can adjust the volume from your phone but only if you’re connected to the amp via Bluetooth and playing audio that way (Spotify, YouTube videos, media player app, etc.). (2) It MAY be true that you can use your remote, but it’s not guaranteed; they can’t say for 100% sure, and I’ve had some readers say similar about their TVs not allowing the remote to change it. Hopefully you can however.

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  28. I see. So its a veritable crap shoot. ;)

    For what its worth, these are the speakers (Bowers & Wilkins DM 220-see link below). Is the product you shared above still an adequate budget choice, or, is there a technical requirement to invest more for better or safer performance? They were handed down to me, and appertains quite solid and worthy of good audio company.
    https://stereonomono.blogspot.com/2012/09/b-dm-220.html

    Thank you!

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    • The one I mentioned is fine for casual listening to TV & etc, but for speakers like those if you want more volume & “oomph” you’ll need to get a more powerful stereo amp. I didn’t know you had large speakers or I would have mentioned that earlier.

      There is a Pyle stereo amp I believe that has more power and is reasonably priced.

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  29. Ok. I suspected we’d end up here…in Pandora’s box.
    At least Pyle is one anchor to keep me from straying. Thanks for that. But I’m still wavering between overkill and respectable partnership. I don’t want to keep you longer since you’ve been generous thus far, but here’s a few I found. Is this direction correct?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BTG73J3/?coliid=I2AXS247JM0K5O&colid=90J2IFWAW2T6&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    120W? (w Remote I like)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MIYF1DW/?coliid=I3PT8NKIPNH4DP&colid=90J2IFWAW2T6&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BQC7GNL/?coliid=I294LK5DIXYQHN&colid=90J2IFWAW2T6&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    Thanks AGAIN!! ;D

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    • Hi Mike. The power ratings on those are all misleading (“120W” is actually more like 20W RMS or so) but will be enough to get the job done for casual listening. I had not seen the PCAU48BT before with the remote, so it’s worth trying out.

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  30. Damn! Marty, Can you please send me one link of a suggested amp that would be a good compliment to these 100W speakers I have to use for music and TV. I don’t want to over spend, nor buy something designed for lesser speakers. I’ve spent so much time on this and I just want to know what to shop for to match up these speakers. If you can point me somewhere, at least I can use that as a baseline to do further shopping. This must be why people just get sound bars, but I can’t imagine trashing these speakers.
    Thank you!

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  31. Hi Marty,

    I have a Philips surround system model-SP4824 from my old Philips tv (model-29PT4824) and a set of speakers from my old stereo. The Philips surround system gives an output of 400W PMPO. The stereo is from National company and I don’t remember which model it was. The Tv set had a set port for connecting the external speaker, so I could connect the surround system directly and I had the ‘IN’ port of the stereo connected to the Tv ‘OUT’ and had used the speakers from the stereo also. I had to discard the stereo but I kept the speakers from them and I believe both the set of speakers might be working as I have not used it for a very long time.
    Now I would like to connect these external speakers to my LG tv model-32LB563B. From reading through your article I get that I need an amplifier connecting both the systems to the Tv. As I don’t want to trash the old speakers and also I don’t want to spend a lot on this, so can you suggest me an apt amplifier to get it working or any other way I can connect to my Tv.

    Thank You!

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