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So, you’ve ordered new speakers for your TV and upgraded the tinny ones that came with it. So what’s next? It’s time to connect your inputs and outputs. Whether you have a soundbar, stereo, or surround-sound receiver, we can help you connect speakers to your TV.
Step 1: Take a look at your TV’s back
If you are able to see and access your TV’s inputs and outputs, then that is great news! You can proceed to step 2 right away.
If you have already mounted your TV and are not able to see the outputs, you may want to look into your user manual or go online to find a description of its specifications. As a result, you’ll be able to refer to information in the paperwork rather than having to take your TV down.
However, you may still have to remove the screen from the wall. Put a blanket on a flat surface such as the floor or a table that is large enough. For those without blankets, choose a spot of clean, clutter-free carpet. Remove the TV from the wall mount, place it face down on the prepared area, and see what outputs it has.
Step 2: Identify the audio output options available.
We are looking for a port that reads “audio out,” or any other port that sends audio from your TV. It must be an output port that your receiver or soundbar has available for input too. This could be via HDMI, optical, coaxial, RCA, or a 3.5mm socket. An external audio system can be connected to a TV through the following ports:
- Digital audio: HDMI, SPDIF, and optical (single coaxial RCA)
- Analog audio: “Line Out” (RCA), “Aux Out” (3.5mm TRS), or “Headphone Out” (3.5mm TRS)
You may only have the option of an analog connection if your TV or receiver is of the older variety. Remember that adapters are available if one device offers only RCAs and the other only offers a 3.5mm TRS socket.
Step 3: Reconnecting your TV
Having removed all the cables from your TV in the first step now is the time to put everything back the way it should be; along with the audio cable you will be used to transfer audio to your sound system. After you’ve plugged the audio cable into the right output port, we can better determine where to place the receiver or soundbar.
Step 4: Connect audio system with TV
We have the audio output cable connected to the TV, and it’s probably dangling in the wind, and this is what we need to connect the receiver or soundbar of our choice. Cables included with these products are likely to be short, so it is best to place your hardware directly underneath the TV on a stand, shelves, or entertainment centre. Additionally, there will be fewer cabling rats’ nests.
If you have a soundbar
Congratulations! As soon as you connect the power cable and the other end of your audio cable to the correct input, you should be ready to go. Follow the manufacturer’s setup instructions and instructions. That’s all that’s left to do. You may need to do a little more setup to enable 3D sound on a soundbar with support for Dolby Atmos or MPEG-H, such as the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar.
If you’re hooking up a receiver
Your satellite speakers and major channels must be connected with the provided cables. Connect your speakers to your receiver using the shortest length of speaker cable you can find. Place your speakers as you want them to be arranged, then connect them using the shortest speaker wire you can find. It is unlikely that you will encounter any power issues, but it does not hurt to learn a little about it.
As soon as you’re done with this, you’re done with the physical connections.
Step 5: Go to the TV’s settings menu and check out the audio.
On many TVs, the back panel audio outputs are automatically selected. Ideally, you won’t need to do anything more than minimizing the volume of the TV’s internal speakers. There can be some strange and unpredictable audio effects caused by interaction between the TV speaker and external audio source if the volume of the TV speaker is not reduced.
You can find your TV’s audio settings by pressing the “menu” button on your remote control if your TV can’t send an audio signal to your external device. You can then select an item called “sound output” or “output” in the “sound options” or “sound” menu. From there, you can select which output you want the TV to use to feed your audio system.
As soon as you have both the TV and the system set up correctly, slowly increase the volume on your new system until you hear whatever is playing on the TV, grab some snacks, and you’re ready to go.