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External speaker volume control with Samsung TV

by ottodc6 / April 30, 2010 1:01 PM PDT

Hi all,

I have a UA46B8000 LED TV with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 2.1 speaker system with its own power supply.

The system works great, but I am unable to control the volume using the tv remote controls.

Any ideas on how can I control the speakers volume without buying an amp?

Thanks for your replies!

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External speaker volume control with Samsung TV
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / April 30, 2010 6:35 PM PDT


I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble controlling the volume.

The 3.5mm jack is a fixed audio out input, rather than a headphone jack, and isn't controlled by the volume controls on the TV. So the external speakers will require an amp for the volume control.


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optical audio output
by sferrell615 / November 3, 2013 4:38 AM PST

ok... i have realized 1st hand that the 3.5mm audio output is not adjusted using the samsung smart tv volume up/down. however, i am curious if the optical audio output is adjusted??? i cannot test this out with my current audio equipment; however, i am aware that you can purchase an optical audio to rca converter adapter (for ~ $15), which would enable me to do this.
thanks in advance!

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I would like to know the answer to this too.
by nvsn / December 10, 2013 7:48 AM PST
In reply to: optical audio output

Is the optical audio output also fixed? I have a 6300 series.

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I tried the optical audio out
by itsdigger / December 10, 2013 8:04 AM PST

as well as the analog audio out on my Toshiba tv and both were just fixed signals. I couldn't control the volume until I connected to an amplifier or receiver or a headset with volume control.... Digger

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solution to adding remote volume control for externl speaker
by samsungfan90210 / February 14, 2011 9:17 AM PST

get an ipod doc with remote from the apple store.
then get this adapter:
iPod input converter to regular MP3 plug (iPod female to 3.5mm plug cable) 4FT (C-IPD2JK)
set your volume on you external amplifies speakers to midrange.
plug in the adapter to your external sound out on your samsung.
plug the female end of the adapter into the ipod doc
plug your amplified speakers into the the audio out on the doc
this comes with a remote that you can use or you can program this into a harmony remote
for external remote speaker control



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univ. remote control w/ LEARNING if speaker is controllable

so i tried the optical out on the samsung (different model UN40EH5300) and it is constant as well. silly.
anyways, another option - if your other devices (i.e. cable box, external speaker system, etc.) are non-UHF - is to purchase a universal remote control with a learning capability such as the Sony RM-VL600.
in other words, if your external speaker system can be controlled via remote control but you don't want to deal with several remotes to control tv, cable box, external speaker system... but the remotes you have (e.g. cable's universal remote control) can't control all of your devices then you can get a universal remote control that is able to record the output of that remote which there is no code for.
i've yet to find a universal remote control (for less than several $ hundred) that can learn UHF though, which is not very common yet but comcast is starting to use in their X1 boxes.

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Can't control the audio out
by tmorr85 / October 12, 2015 7:12 PM PDT

It sucks I just replaced my Sony TV with a Samsung 'Smart' and just realized I can't control the audio out!! So frustrating I have two in ceiling speakers and can't control the volume through the tv it's driving me nuts. If anyone has a solution please let me know. Thanks!

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It's not that hard for an electonics tech
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 6:42 AM PDT

To install a minijack with 3 wires to the internal speakers. It's a minor modification which of course voids the warranty.

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This may be the deal breaker
by Michael Wies / December 3, 2015 4:06 PM PST

Just purchased a j5200. The internal speakers sound horrible...very boxy even with the eq adjustments. I decided to hook up a sound bar only to discover the their is no variable audio output. I tried the optical and headphone jack with the same result.
The soundbar is a Visio and I do not think the TV remote will control it.
I do not understand why Samsung did not make the outputs variable. I am a very avid fan of Samsung and have been pleased with their electronics but if I cannot find a solution the TV will have to go back. Also, being as this is standard for Samsung I will have to go with a different brand.
Are there any other options here?

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So Sorry Samsung, I have to return your TV.
by MrSpacely / December 12, 2015 12:24 PM PST

I've got a Samsung J5200 Series 43" UN43J5200AF. I just got off the phone with Samsung support and he verified the information in this thread. Very disappointing that Samsung hasn't provided this basic feature. It seems obvious to me that people want to be able to control volume to their external speakers through the TV remote. This TV is going back. I hope other manufacturers' TVs have 'smarter' features.

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