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How to Connect Your TV to Your Stereo System for the Best Sound


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The small speakers on your television are too small and inadequate for good sound. TV sound for movies, sports and other programs is usually produced in stereo and sometimes in surround sound and is generally very good quality. The best way to enjoy television sound is to connect your TV to your stereo or home theater system using analog or digital connections.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Place the stereo receiver or amplifier near or next to the TV. Ideally it should be within 4-6 feet of the stereo receiver or longer connection cables will be needed. Before connecting any cables make sure the television and receiver are turned off.
  2. Locate the analog or digital audio output jack on the television. For analog, the output is often labeled AUDIO OUT and could be two RCA jacks or a single 3.5mm mini-jack. For digital sound, locate the optical digital output.
  3. Locate an unused analog audio input on your stereo receiver or amplifier. Any unused analog input is fine, such as AUX or TAPE. Most likely the input on the stereo or home theater receiver is an RCA jack. For digital, locate an unused optical digital input.
  4. Using a cable with the appropriate plugs on each end, connect the audio output from the television to the audio input on the receiver or amplifier.
  5. Turn on the receiver and television and make sure the volume on the receiver is at a low setting, then test the connection by selecting the correct input on the receiver and turn up the volume slowly. If no sound is heard, double-check the connections and try again. You may need to access the menu on the television to turn off the internal speakers and turn on the audio output of the television.

What You Need

  • 4-6 foot analog audio cable with stereo RCA or mini-plug jacks
  • Small flashlight to see behind the receiver and television
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