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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.
I would never recommend that
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.
That's a sad tech indeed.
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?
And the main takeaway from my mini-'rant' 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.
So glad I took to electronics, software and such early.
Fortunately the crowd I run with are all engineers so we rarely take such to a shop for such minor issues.
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?
I'm not a fan of today's smart TVs.
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.
Dear R. Proffitt
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.
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.
At the office, Dell, Asus and Lenovo's.
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.
take the feed from the speaker/s
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.
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.
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my quest.
You've never been inside a newer HDTV, have you?
If you had, you wouldn't waste this person's time by providing the above link which would not apply to her particular situation.