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Way to amplify sound for elderly person from their t.v.?

by mike62 / November 27, 2006 3:01 AM PST

My grandmother has a 35 inch television with an old Direct TV box that she watches. Problem is the t.v. is approx. 15-20 feet away and in order for her to hear programs you can imagine the volume! I know she would enjoy t.v. more (and visitors) if she had a small speaker beside her chair on the table. She IS NOT going to entertain moving the t.v. or sitting anywhere else.......set in her ways!

The only jacks I have seen on the t.v. is the standard white, red, and yellow RCA jacks on the front and back. I dont know if the Direct receiver has any options or is capable. Is there any option to run a speaker from the t.v. across the room to amplify the sound? I need minimal cost too.

Thanks.

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Wireless speakers may do the trick.
by jcrobso / November 27, 2006 3:05 AM PST

Check at BBY, FRYs and CC. John

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Make granny happy
by mojorhino / November 29, 2006 1:57 PM PST

Go to RadioShack and get the following items:

RCA splitter times two - cat # 42-2536 - to split the audio signal coming out of the Satelite Reciever (one will go to to the TV and one will ultimately go to the Speaker)

3 ft Y RCA to 1/8th inch Cable - cat # 42-2550
to change the RCA cable you just split to 1/8th inch cable (so that you can extend the length)

16 ft 1/8th speaker cable cat # 42-2493(these are available in longer and shorter lengths)

one 1/8th inch coupler cat # 274-866 to couple the Ampliffied speakers to the cables

A Pair of amplified speakers The speakers must be AMPLIFIED because the audio coming out of the Satelite is at line level (aprox $20 to $50)

Hook it all up and put it where she wants it and she has sound right next to where she is.

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TV Ears
by kardors / November 30, 2006 2:48 PM PST

Do a Google search for "TV Ears". They cost $100 and work good. I have a set and am very satisfied with them.

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