Bluetooth audio transmission for LED TV

Jun 20, 2017 4:35PM PDT

Hi guys,
I have recently bought Samsung K5100 series LED TV. I am using it for two purposes:
1) I have cable set-up box, from which HDMI goes into LED TV.
2) Xbox from which HDMI goes into LED TV.

I have recently bought JBL 450 BT (Bluetooth headphone) and I was looking forward to setup OTA audio setup for TV as well as XBOX purposes. and I am confused now whether it is possible or not?

I know I have to buy Bluetooth transmitter for that. but I have following queries in this regard:

a). Will Bluetooth transmitter connect to LED TV or cable setup box? Because A/V goes from setup box to TV via HDMI.

These are the ports on the back of TV. I want to know what sort of set up will I be needing to setup OTA audio. Currently audio is coming from TV speakers. Samsung settings allow for 2 options: TV speaker or External speaker. I don't know what does it mean by the external speakers.
From what I am thinking, Y cable will be required to connect 2 audio ports to Bluetooth transmitter and from there route it to the headphone. Is it practicable?

c) will this work for Xbox because I have read somewhere that Xbox OTA audio is not possible?

Please advise. Thanks

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Clarification Request
What is Xbox OTA?
Jun 20, 2017 4:47PM PDT
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Jun 21, 2017 6:59AM PDT

OTA i mean Over the air. or in other words wireless. Let me rephrase my question.

How do I connect Bluetooth headphones to my Samsung LED TV (not a smart TV)?
Facts:I have Samsung K5100 LED TV. It doesn’t come with Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio Jack. So I will be needing RCA to 3.5mm jack converter and bluetooth transmitter to make it pair with bluetooth headphones. Is my understanding correct ?

Moreover, currently HDMI goes from STB to LED. so to route audio from LED to Transmitter, I will need to change sound settings in menu which will allow me to change audio output to “external speakers”.

So it will be STB ——→ LED (via HDMI)——→Bluetooth transmitter (via RCA to 3.5mm)

Is this suppose to work ? moreover will this work equally good for XBOX as well?

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Wireless, so far is not OTA.
Jun 21, 2017 7:08AM PDT

OTA so far means you have an Antenna and not WiFi (wireless to many.)

As to RCA to 3.5 the TV RCA jacks are inputs only so that's a dead end.
The only audio output I see at on the TV is the OPTICAL port.
So it will never be STB ——→ LED (via HDMI)——→Bluetooth transmitter (via RCA to 3.5mm)

You need to come up with a new plan. In my first reply is the CNET article about connecting headphones to TVs. It's a mess on models without the headphone jack or analog outputs which your set is. So you need a optical to headphone box for the TV in the setup I think you have.

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Can't confirm.
Jun 21, 2017 10:19AM PDT

I've seen folk get upset over these boxes. While it should work, sometimes HD Audio does not decode and they feel burned. The usual fix is to set the source or TV to PCM or stereo.

Like I write, the audio output in today's TVs are a mess. Then again, in the early days, most TVs didn't have anything but a power plug and antenna input.

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Gonna give it a try
Jun 21, 2017 12:44PM PDT

hmm yes make sense on your part. There are number of variables and no one can be 100% sure of whether given scenario would click.
But I think theoretically it makes sense and should work. I am gonna try luck with it. Will give it a try lets see. Thanks for your time.

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That's why
Jun 21, 2017 1:03PM PDT

I can give it a nod but can't be sure. Thanks for understanding.

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did this ever work?
Feb 7, 2018 12:50PM PST

i'm looking for the same solution for cablebox to headphones. Did your solution ever work.

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