Acoustic Audio Speakers: How to Connect? – Beginners Guide

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How to connect acoustic audio speakers?

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How to connect acoustic audio speakers?

The best way to connect two speakers together is by using a 3.5mm jack. This will allow you to plug them into any device that has a 3.5mm socket, including most smartphones and tablets. If you want to connect two devices together, then you should look at using a splitter cable. These cables come in different lengths, so it’s important to choose one that matches the distance between the two devices.

RCA

The most basic option for improving television listening is connecting the TV’s analog stereo outputs to an available external audio source.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Connect the RCA cables to the TV’s analog audio output.
  2. Connect the other ends to a set of available analog audio inputs on a home theater system, stereo receiver, or powered speakers.
  3. Once everything is connected, turn on the sound bar, receiver, or whatever is being used to listen to the TV.
  4. Select the input on your audio systems that the TV is connected too in order to hear the sounds. The RCA connection sends a two channel stereo output from the TV.If using the analog cable connection option with a sound bar, check to see if there are any audio enhancements, such as virtual surround, that can expand the sound stage for a more immersive listening. If connected to a HTIB or home theater receiver, make sure there are additional audio settings, such a Dolby ProLogic II/IIx, or DTS Neo: 6. If so, then the sound bar should still be able to extract an surround sound signal from the two channel stereo input.

On most modern TVs, there is an analog audio jack on the back of the television. Older televisions do not have this feature. You should check the manual before purchasing a TV.

Digital Optical

A better option for sending audio to an external audio system than HDMI is the digital optical audio connection. Digital optical connections connect directly to the digital optical outputs on TVs. You can use them to send audio to a soundbar, home theater in a box, or home theater receiver without using a set-top box.

After connecting the cable, follow the TV’s and audio system setup procedure. Select the digital optical output as your source to hear both the TV and the audio system. Depending on the brand and model of your TV, this setting may not only provide a 2-channel stereo signal but may also provide a 2 or 5.1 channel unencoded audio signal. Some TV programs are broadcast or streamed in Dolby Digital (2 or 5.1 channels) while others may also contain a DTS 2.0+ encoded audio signal.

Go into your TV’s audio settings and check for a ‘PCM’ option. This may correct the issue. This occurs with some speakers that may have a digital input option but no onboard decoder.

HDMIARC

Another way to access audio from the TV is with Audio Return Channels. To take advantage of this feature, you need to have a TV with an HDMI connection input that is marked as HDMI-ARC. This allows the transfer of the TV’s audio signal back to an ARC-equipped soundbar, home entertainment in a home theater system, or home theater receiver.

Cable clutter is eliminated by using an HDMI ARC. You don’t need to connect your TV and soundbar/home theater receiver separately.

Acoustic Audio Speakers: How to Connect?

Acoustic Audio Speakers: How to Connect?

Bluetooth

Another way to send audio from the TV to an external audio source is by using Bluetooth. This feature allows you to connect your TV to any compatible Bluetooth device such as speakers or headphones. You do not require any cables to transfer audio from the TV to the connected device.

However, this feature works only on some models of TVs. For example, Samsung SoundShare requires a Samsung soundbar while LG SoundSync requires a similar LG soundbar.

TVs should be paired with speakers, soundbars, etc. using Bluetooth. You need to go into the audio settings and pair them.

WiSA

LG TVs are becoming more connected. LG TVs have built-In firmware that communicates with a USB dongle that resembles a flash drive. This allows the TV to send audio wirelessly to a compatible wireless speaker in the system.

Bottom Line

You don’t need to suffer the thin sound quality of built-in TV speaker systems.

With one of the five options listed above, you can improve the sound quality of TV shows, streaming content or music, or any other type of media streamed through your TV.

If your cable/satellite box or other external source device has an audio output, then it is best to connect that audio output directly to your external audio setup.

Author

  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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