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Want to use headphones with TV, but TV has no headphone jack

by Starfish564 / August 10, 2007 1:40 AM PDT

I'm not sure if there is even a solution to this, but thought I'd ask anyway. I have a nice TV that I like alot (not an HD or anything fancy, just a normal 19inch). The problem is, I would like to be able to use headphones with it but there is no headphone jack on the TV. Does anyone know if there is some sort of adapter I could buy for this? Or am I out of luck?

Thanks!

J.B.

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MR STARFISH SO SORRY

The t.v. would have to be mobified and a circut installed for headphone use it would cost more than the t.v. is worth My advice would be to save your money and upgrade to a sweet hi-def t.v. You dont know what you are missing Just add a cable or satellite hi-def system and add the hi-def package and you will be blown away with picture quality and programming thats out of this world stewee

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You could try this adapter cable
by C_519 / August 10, 2007 10:48 AM PDT

I don't know how well it works, but if you already have some headphones then you can just plug them into the 3.5mm head jack and plug the two RCA connectors(Red and White) into the composite video jacks.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AJ692/

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A BIG thank you to C 519! :)
by Starfish564 / August 23, 2007 5:41 AM PDT

I just wanted to express my appreciation to C 519. I ordered the adapter cable he suggested and IT WORKED!!! I am thrilled. Paying $5.99 on Amazon sure beats having to get a new TV. Thank you for taking the time to post that info. You're awesome!

Sincerely,

Joanna
(Starfish564)

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c519 is right!
by songzz12 / August 24, 2007 8:51 AM PDT

yea c519 got it right on the head. im an audio nut so i really wanted to add to this and help out. but basically, anything that has a standard output like that should be compatible with headphones, as long as you get the appropriate adapters for it. so as long as it fits, it shoudl work! =D

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Thank you
by Starfish564 / August 25, 2007 4:54 AM PDT
In reply to: c519 is right!

Thanks songzz12! The people on these boards are so helpful. It's great to have a place to ask strange questions that people actually know the answers to:) The concept of adapters definitely makes sense. Thanks for the advice.

Joanna
(Starfish564)

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A follow on question --
by bud909 / August 24, 2008 9:47 AM PDT
In reply to: c519 is right!

I'm sure you are right == using the audio out jacks on the set. But do you know of a way, using this method, that will cut the external TV audio, so that only the headphone audio comes thru? I suspect this is a bigger problem, but maybe not.

Thanks.

bud909

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This will require someone who knows what he/she is doing.
by ahtoi / August 25, 2008 8:32 AM PDT

Just put a on-off switch one one of the speaker wire. Should be fairly simple.

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Bud909
by cnt21 / September 3, 2008 12:18 PM PDT

Check TVears.com if your talking about a headphone product.

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TV-Headphones
by yorkshireguy11 / October 5, 2009 7:33 PM PDT

Hi, check out B-TECH BT92B,you have a seperate volume and tone so you can have tv volume at any level even off and have your own headphones just at the volume you like, good if someone is hard of hearing aswell.I also use it on minidisc player and an amplifier, hope this helps.

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Tv-Headphones
by yorkshireguy11 / October 5, 2009 8:19 PM PDT
In reply to: TV-Headphones

Sorry guys its not the B-TECH BT92B its B-TECH BT928.

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headphone
by sgl / December 16, 2010 9:49 PM PST
In reply to: c519 is right!

I JUST BOUGHT A NEW TOSHIBA 32IN(32C1OOU) IT HAS NO AUDIO OUPUT JACKS.IT DOES HAVE A DIGITAL AUDIO OUT. HOW CAN I SETUP HEADPHONES TO WORK WITH THIS. OR IS IT POSSIBLE? NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET.

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TV has no headphone jack? Check this out
by cnt21 / September 3, 2008 12:12 PM PDT

TVears is an interesting product you should scope out. They sell an adapter, but also sell TVears(headphone product) which is an interesting item I plan to consider since I only use headphones on my tv since I live in an apartment and the only way to hear the tv and have privacy in ths loud place is to use headphones.

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Update on Tvears
by cnt21 / September 3, 2008 12:28 PM PDT

I would recommend the regular inexpensive adapter. Tvears adapter is $20. and it might only be made for their Tvear headset, I'm not sure. I plan on buying Tvears if it is what I think it is.

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jacks
by LarsOnMira / August 6, 2011 5:49 AM PDT

This only works if the jacks are audio out, not audio in. So Joanna was lucky to have the proper audio out jacks on her TV.

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headphone jack
by journeyman70401 / February 9, 2010 6:05 AM PST

i have put a lot of head phone jacks in televisions. you can buy the jack at radio shack. you have to solder two light guage wires to the jack about 18 inches long. drill a hole in the side of the tv. the size needed for the jack instilation. cut one of the wires going to the apeaker cut the wire in the middle. splice the cut wires one each to the two wires from the jack. you are done. the jack has 3 terminals. one of them will cut the sound to the tv speaker when the head phone is pluged in. the other terminal will not.

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Thanks Headphone Jack!
by seaweed009 / July 9, 2012 2:44 PM PDT
In reply to: headphone jack

Originally was going to open up tv and try to connect to internal speakers. Wasn't sure how I was to do it but figured there had to be a way. Then found the adapter at amazon. Does not work with my tv. So now am going to install per your instructions. Thanks.

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Digital TV Headphones
by Pumpkineater2 / October 28, 2013 11:59 PM PDT

My wife uses a 'digital TV headphone amplifier' which plugs into the optical output if you have one.

http://redwhizz.co.uk/

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TV headpone connection with or without TV speaker sound
by DIYDONKEY / April 29, 2016 2:32 PM PDT

I note that on other posts a Y adapter with two of the RCA/Phono plugs and a headphone socket is suggested. If your TV has the Red and White Audio OUT RCA sockets as well as the more common Red and White Audio IN sockets that is a good idea, and the Audio signal from these sockets will not be affected by the TV speaker volume, which can be turned off.

Another neat solution is described below.

If you have a european TV with a SCART 20 pin connector there is an easy way to make an adapter to use with headphones which have a small stereo jack. (1/4 inch jacks are too big to fit inside the SCART plug, but the wiring advice still applies).
Buy a male SCART plug and also a mini jack socket (both easily found on the internet. Even better if you have one is to take a pre-wired headphone extension lead and cut the moulded-on socket off, leaving a few inches of cable attached to it . When you strip back to bare wires, there will be a a very thin and delicate Red wire, a Green wire, and a bare copper braid. Solder the wires as follows Red wire to PIN 1 of the SCART, Green wire to Pin 3 of the SCART and the copper braid to Pin 4 of the SCART. When looking at the solder terminals of the SCART turn it so that the straight end is to your right and the angled end to the left. Pin 1 is the first pin on the right on the bottom row (Audio Out Right channel) Pin 3 is the second pin from the right on the bottom row (Audio Out Left/Mono channel) Pin 4 is second from the right on the top row and is the ground or common terminal. (Pin2 top row first pin on the right is not used).
The SCART plug has a cable grip system which can be used to screw up and grip the body of the headphone socket. It may be necessary to wrap electrical tape around the body of the socket to increase its diameter so that it is gripped properly, but that is not always necessary. Once wired and re-assembled the very neat adapter can just be plugged into the SCART socket of TV, VCR, DVD or any SCART equipped unit. The SCART has a set volume which is not affected by the volume control of the TV. You can reduce the headphone volume using headphones which have their own control, and you can turn off or mute the main volume control of the TV itself, leaving your headphones unaffected.

If you have to use an ordinary headphone socket which is not pre-wired connect the socket so that the tip and the smaller ring behind it go to SCART Pin 1 and SCART Pin 3, with the larger ring at the rear connected to SCART pin 4. You can use ordinary wire, as the copper braid only has an effect over a long length of wire. You can also use any wire colour that you have. The pip is the Mono or Left Audio channel, whilst the ring behind teh tip is the Right Audio Channel.
If you are uncertain you will be able to look up SCART PINOUT on the internet and you will find diagrams you can follow.
If your SCART is in use on the TV you can get multiple SCART sockets for connecting a number of different SCART devices, and any spare socket on one of those can be used.
of teh

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Bigger sets = bigger budget

Like journeyman, I've mounted dozens of jacks on larger (44 inch and up) HDTVs. Most have not audio output, some have the optical and a few have line outputs. I research each unit to find the nearest point of entry. Some units have surround speakers, center speakers and these can be jacked up to users preference, with or without speakers with headphones. I try to stay ahead of the amp stage and prefer to use external amps for low level (less than 100 mv) signals and let the TV control the speaker volume and the external amp(s) for the headphones. One use had a chair rigged with speakers and sub woofer mounted such that they couldn't he heard 5 feet away. It was just two Altec-Lansing desktop powered units and even had built in headphone jacks for real silent viewing.

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