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Hooking speakers to Television with headphone javk

by dezerbois / August 18, 2012 11:38 AM PDT

I have been looking online for a while trying to figure this out.

Just bought some standing speakers from a g sale and not sure how to get them hooked to the television. It's a Sony oflatscreen with no audio outs but has an earphone jack.

The speakers themselves are 2 fronts and 2 backs which each have speaker wire +/- to one RCA input. So 4 inputs all together.

Do I need a receiver to plug them into and then an auxiliary cord from the receiver to tv? Or will this produce bad sound. And if I so decide to by a small subwoofer with RCA inputs in the back and hook that to the tv will the sound be sufficient.

Not sure if an amp is needed or what but assume whatever I plug the speakers into will need seperatr power to run them.

Can anyone please give me a rundown of the best setup? If there is one

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Couple things do not fit here;
by ahtoi / August 19, 2012 1:45 AM PDT

Earphone output generally do not connects to speaker directly (impedance mis-match and low power output) and no surround output. Hope you got a great deal and use the speaker in the future. I am pretty sure there are solutions around this problem but is it worth the effort and cost?

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by pgc3 / August 19, 2012 2:22 AM PDT

Oh yeah I am with you! It'd be nice to know what hook ups are available on the TV but the headphone jack is a no no. If it is a newer TV you'd think there would be other hook ups such as RCA or SPDIF.

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Headphones and speakers
by mjd420nova / August 19, 2012 3:26 AM PDT

The headphone and most speaker impedances are the same, 8 ohms but the levels needed by the speakers is far above what a headphone jack could provide. I have done many modifications to the newer flatscreens to put jacks tied to the speakers to allow hookup of external speakers. Headphone jacks would provide adequate output to hook to the input of an external amplifier to feed larger speakers. My unit, a Vizio 47 inch only had an optical (SPDIF) audio output that I was able to use a converter to get an analog output for the surround sound decoder and feed the larger surround system. Once the warranty ran out, I opened the case and mounted jacks to parallel the speakers but this is a rather limited output level and can't provide near enough volume to be an exact replacement.

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Mpre info please :)
by dezerbois / August 19, 2012 5:25 AM PDT

So a receiver would not suffice? Considering the sound from the tv would just go to a receiver which would output it to the speakers how would this not work? Mite ch have to switch to my newer LG tv but again no audio outs. I don't even think it has a headphone jack

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Before we go farther...
by ahtoi / August 19, 2012 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Mpre info please :)

Why not list the model of the Sony and LG tv? A receiver would certainly go a long way.

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