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Connecting headphones to a TV without audio out ports

by KarTerSar / January 27, 2016 11:07 AM PST

I have Samsung TV UN39EH5003 that has no headphone jack and no audio out port, and not even digital audio out port.
I wanted to connect a wired or wireless headphone to my TV, but I was told by Samsung rep and a Radioshack employee that I won't be able to do so and the only solution would be to buy a new TV with audio out port.
Is there really nothing I can do except spending hundreds of dollars for a new TV?
Thank you for your help.

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Confirmed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2016 11:19 AM PST
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/UN39EH5003FXZA-search

This is one of those "specials." Now any good tech can open it up to install an audio jack but I'm running into folk that dismiss this as a solution. Said tech should be able to get it done in far less than a hour. It's drill one hole, mount the jack, run 3 wires, 6 solder joints and done. That's well under 20 bucks of parts.
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I would never recommend that
by Pepe7 / January 27, 2016 4:39 PM PST
In reply to: Confirmed.

The main problem is, the 'tech' <ahem> who does this nowadays is usually only vaguely familiar with what's inside the HDTV in question. One wrong move and the HDTV is DOA. Such work voids the HDTV warranty too (of course that's only if it's still viable). A better long term solution for someone desiring wireless headphones would be to pony up the $250 for a new 39" HDTV on sale with the minimum 1-2 yr warranty. With super bowl sunday coming soon, this is a no brainer IMNSHO.

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That's a sad tech indeed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2016 5:04 PM PST

It's all of three wires, one hole to drill and if you wanted to, some volume control. This is very basic electronics. First year type stuff. Are you writing that techs today are that bad?

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Yes
by Pepe7 / January 27, 2016 8:36 PM PST

And the main takeaway from my mini-'rant' Wink is- too hard for find the 'safe' one that knows enough not to screw up the HDTV. $100 in most urban areas for such rarely requested work w/o any warranty leads one to instead grab another HDTV.

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So glad I took to electronics, software and such early.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2016 8:48 PM PST
In reply to: Yes

Fortunately the crowd I run with are all engineers so we rarely take such to a shop for such minor issues.

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Dear Pepe7
by KarTerSar / January 30, 2016 10:21 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

If I eventually realized that there is nothing I can do, I will probably get a new tv, a smart one, perhaps, although I don't have idea what a smart tv really does-connects to the internet network?

Karen

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I'm not a fan of today's smart TVs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2016 10:32 AM PST
In reply to: Dear Pepe7

The browsers are bad, the makers pollute the experience with advertising and well, a ROKU doesn't do that. That said it's hard to avoid Smart TVs but so far, all can be disabled.

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Dear R. Proffitt
by KarTerSar / January 30, 2016 10:19 AM PST
In reply to: Confirmed.

Thank you for your advise. I wish I knew a trustworthy and affordable technician in Los Angeles area where I live. I also have my hp laptop that needs to be fixed (a flickering screen), but I am afraid to pay too much for a bad service.

Karen

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Sometimes I feel that way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2016 10:30 AM PST
In reply to: Dear R. Proffitt
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HP
by KarTerSar / January 30, 2016 1:16 PM PST

I think I would rather don't start complaining about HP laptops or I will never stop. They have good customer service but it would have been better if they also had great laptops.
Currently I'm looking to buy a small, up 12/13" laptop, but I'm not sure which brand. I don't want to overpay for features I'm not going to use. Which company offers reliable laptops in reasonable prices.

Karen

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At the office, Dell, Asus and Lenovo's.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2016 3:31 PM PST
In reply to: HP

Sadly part of reliable is the HDD which we see fail more than usual. Since these companies don't make HDDs it's hard to write it's their fault.

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take the feed from the speaker/s
by James Denison / January 27, 2016 9:12 PM PST

single speaker if mono is sufficient for headphone, or use a stereo plug and take feed from both speakers on TV. You will need to have it wired so the headphone plug cuts signal to speakers when used and allows it when not in use.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-wire-a-headphone-jack-to-a-speaker/

keep hitting the "Next" button.

If you can't do shrink tube in the area needing insulation, separate the wires a bit and drop some hot glue on them.

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Dear James
by KarTerSar / January 30, 2016 10:22 AM PST

Thank you for taking the time to reply to my quest.

Karen

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You've never been inside a newer HDTV, have you?
by Pepe7 / January 30, 2016 8:30 PM PST

If you had, you wouldn't waste this person's time by providing the above link which would not apply to her particular situation.

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