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connecting external speakers to Bravia

by yesaji / November 29, 2010 5:17 AM PST

I have Sony - KDL-40EX400 - 40" LCD TV and Bose Companion 3 speakers (with only 3.5 mm input). There is no pc jack (3.5 mm) on my TV, so I decided to use RCA out from TV to speakers (3.5 mm) It works great but I cannot control the the volume (or mute) using TV remote contol. Any solutions ? It is a right way to go ? is there any other better way ? Thanks

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Those are PC speakers
by Pepe7 / November 29, 2010 6:25 AM PST

You would benefit from buying real loudspeakers and an inexpensive AV receiver.

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AV Receiver?
by kpsocal / November 30, 2010 5:09 AM PST
In reply to: Those are PC speakers

Hello All!

I'm in the same boat as yesaji, I have an old Zenith Home Theater (XBS344) and a Vizio TV that has no external speaker input. What can I use to connect my speaker system to my Vizio without having to drop a lot of $$? (fixed budget concerns, currently)



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Which vizio? Do you use cable or satellite?
by Pepe7 / November 30, 2010 7:42 AM PST
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It would help to know which Vizio model you have.

If you use satellite or cable, you simply connect the audio output to your zenith home theater. If you have neither of the above and the Vizio's doing the legwork you may be SOL. If your Vizio doesn't have any audio output you will be in trouble.

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Vizio w32l
by kpsocal / November 30, 2010 10:13 AM PST

I have cable connected thru the Zenith, the problem is the Vizio W32L has no external speaker jacks, only HDMI jacks - I was just hoping to get by without having to pony up for a new home theater with HDMI audio connections. Thanks though.

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cable box, or straight cable coax to the Zenith?
by Pepe7 / December 1, 2010 1:43 AM PST
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Looking at the rear of the Zenith here-

You appear to have digital optical in, as well as coax inputs for audio via coax from the wall (or cable box). If there is no cable box and your Vizio is tuning in all the stations, you could try two things. First, split the cable at the wall and run one into the Zenith. The second half of the split would go to the Vizio. Mute the audio on the Vizio and use the audio features/speakers of the Zenith.

If you could be more specific on how you have everything hooked up we can know for certain what other options exist. List the current connections & cable types too if possible.

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You need external speakers with volume control
by Dan Filice / November 30, 2010 8:22 AM PST

If you use powered speakers like these ( they will have their own volume control. I use these speakers for my iPod and my computer. They should work using the RCA-to-Mini cable on your Sony. I have the Model 2 speakers ($170) and they are pretty darn nice. Not surround, but you need a receiver for that.

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by yesaji / December 1, 2010 1:49 AM PST

Thanks Dan,

these speakers look great. By the way if i go for the receiver can i connect my TV audio out to the receiver and from there to bose and control using receiver ? which receiver (cheap) i should get ? Thanks for the help.

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by Dan Filice / December 1, 2010 2:42 AM PST
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A receiver will work since it will take the low-level speaker line output and amplify it. As to which one...there are a zillion. I would try to buy a name brand like Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo. If you don't need surround 5.1 you could use a stereo receiver, but those seem hard to find now days.

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Nah, they're still quite easy to find
by Pepe7 / December 1, 2010 4:04 AM PST
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by yesaji / December 1, 2010 5:41 AM PST

Thanks a lot, Dan and Pepe7. I think I will get a receiver. I love my Bose speakers. Thanks

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