TVs & Home Theaters forum

Question

USB to 3.5 MM adapter

by AlexLawson13 / March 24, 2013 2:57 AM PDT

Currently I have an older pair of Harman-Kardon Soundstick I's and they only have a USB input. I want to be able to run these speakers to my iPhone or my TV in my dorm room, but they only run to USB (and are direct connected into the Sub at the other end). Are there any cables, adapters, or other pieces of equipment that would let me go from USB to 3.5 mm? Or would I be better biting the bullet and just buying a dock, sound bar, or other piece of equipment for my iPhone and TV?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: USB to 3.5 MM adapter
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: USB to 3.5 MM adapter
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
No
by samkh / March 24, 2013 3:29 AM PDT
In reply to: USB to 3.5 MM adapter

USB is digital, 3.5mm is analog. Soundsticks can only connect to USB host devices, eg. computers.

Does your TV have a 3.5mm output or is it Optical or Coax? Soundbar input is either analog (3.5mm) or digital (optical), so shop carefully depending on your TV output. iPhones and portable media players with 3.5mm output is only analog.

Collapse -
Soundbar
by AlexLawson13 / March 24, 2013 4:01 AM PDT
In reply to: No

I believe it is a digital output, because I currently have a 5.1 Denon stereo system from Best Buy, put that will not work in my dorm so I am looking for something smaller, I am looking at a Bluetooth compatible soundbar from Samsung which would fix the problem with my phone and computer and it plugs directly into my TV.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
icon
Laptops 19,436 discussions
icon
Security 30,426 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
icon
Windows 10 360 discussions
icon
Phones 15,802 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Tech explained

Do you know what an OLED TV is?

CNET explains how OLED technology differs from regular TVs, and what you need to know to make the right shopping decision.