Hook up Speakers directly to TV?

I have a Samsung 46" LED and an Elite 60" plasma. The sound quality is poor on both. I want t buy small speakers to compliment or replace the existing factory TV speakers. Can I hook the additional speakers directly into an audio out on the TVs or do I need a video receiver?

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Clarification Request
Add the model numbers.

Some sets don't have volume control on the Stereo Audio output and all don't drive speakers directly.

Adding the model numbers helps members find the manuals so they can check for the gotchas.

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Products like sound bars, etc. pale to receivers & speakers

That's my take on speakers connected to most HDTVs. If it's a Pioneer Elite, I'd say a dedicated A/V receiver would be a nice compliment, along with a Blu Ray player Wink

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