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How to Connect Speakers to your TV

If you are stressing trying to figure out how to connect speakers to your TV, don’t worry too much. We’ve got your back. We understand you are not known for your tech-savvy prowess. It’s impossible to know everything in the world, right? But, it’s not a major issue, especially when you have access to the internet.

Are you tired of listening to weak built-in flat-screen TV speakers? Yep, they are diabolical and should be put on death row for crimes against audio. So, let us help you with our guide to connecting your speakers and TV.

Step 1 – Finding the Input/output Panel on your TV

Finding the Input

First things first. We need to figure out your TV’s audio connections. Did you know that you cannot connect your speakers directly to your TV? That is because TVs generally do not have speaker outputs. Therefore, we need to find out the best way to connect your speakers to your TV.

You will need to look for the panel on your TV where the inputs and outputs are located. This is usually on the bottom of the backside of your TV. However, if your TV is mounted on a stand, it will be easy to access.

Although, if your TV is wall-mounted, you might have a few more difficulties accessing the panel. So, be careful if you have to unmount your TV. Our suggestion would be to put a towel or cover on the floor to place your unmounted TV.

Step 2 – Checking Your TV’s Audio Connect Options

Now you have found the panel on your TV, you need to check what audio ports you have available. This will define how to connect speakers to your TV in the best manner. Look for the port that says ‘audio out.’ These audio output ports will be used to connect to the inputs on your soundbar or receiver.

Here are the most common TV audio output ports that you will find:

Digital Connections

  • HDMI cable.
  • Optical cable.
  • SPDIF (single coaxial RCA).

Analog Connections 

  • ‘Line Out’ RCA cables.
  • ‘Aux Out’ 3.5mm TRS cable.
  • ‘Headphones Out’ 3.5mm cable.

Some TVs have one or more of those audio output ports. If yours does, don’t fret, you will only have to choose one output option. Always remember that digital outputs are favored over analog outputs.

Digital is better because the signal transfer is clearer, and most modern TVs are better suited to this option. If you have an older TV model, you might need to use the analog outputs.

Step 3 – Getting Everything Prepared

Now you understand the differences in digital and analog audio outputs; it’s time to get started. The first thing we recommend you do is to remove all cables from your TV. Starting fresh is the only route to take if you want to limit confusion. Plug in your chosen audio output cable to the back of your TV. Now we can start.

Step 4 – Connecting Your Audio to TV

Connecting

We will presume that your audio cable is currently dangling from your TV. That means we are now ready to hook up your TV to your audio system, be it a soundbar or receiver.

Generally speaking, these cables are short, so you might need to make a few adjustments. Positioning your audio hardware directly underneath your TV stand is highly recommended. The closer your receiver or soundbar is to the TV, the better.

Connecting a Soundbar to Your TV

It should be quite simple to connect your soundbar to your TV. The latest soundbar products were purposely built to link to modern flat-screen TVs. So you should have no problems whatsoever. You need to plug your cable from the TV into the audio input port on your soundbar.

Different soundbar products have varying setups, so you will need to check out the manufacturer’s setup instructions first. You can simply plug it in, and that should be it.

However, some soundbar products might support Dolby Atmos or other surround sound features. And if so, you might have to perform further setup steps, such as enabling your 3D sound functions.

Connecting a Receiver to your TV

If you are using a receiver, make sure you connect your TV audio outputs to the main input channels on your receiver. You can do this by using the provided cables.

Next, you will need to connect your speakers to your receiver. After that, position your speakers in your desired spot and then use the shortest length of cable to connect them to your receiver. And that should be it.

Step 5 – Testing the Audio and Checking the TV’s Settings

Testing the Audio

Now everything is hooked up; we need to do a few tests. Once you have connected your audio system to your TV, everything should automatically work right away. However, if the sound is still playing out of your TV’s built-speakers, you will have to check your TV’s main menu settings.

Next, click on your TV menu settings on your remote and find your sound or audio settings. Select the ‘sound output’ option. From there, you should be able to toggle the menu to find and select your soundbar or receiver connection. Now you are ready to go.

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How to Connect Speakers to your TV – Final Thoughts

When you were stressing about connecting speakers to your TV, you didn’t think it would be this easy, did you? In this world of modern technical innovation, manufacturers are constantly trying to simplify everything.

If they make overly complex products, nobody will buy them. Now you are fully connected, sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the amazing surround sound experience without leaving your living room.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Jennifer Bell

Jennifer is a freelance writer from Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Games and Simulation Design.

Her passions include guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano, as well as a range of classical instruments she has been playing since at school. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, yoga, eating well, and spending time with her two cats, Rocky and Jasper.

Jennifer enjoys writing articles on all types of musical instruments and is always extending her understanding and appreciation of music. She also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories for various websites and hopes to get her first book published in the very near future.

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