I have this flat screen HDTV that I bought not too long ago. I would like to connect headphones to this tv to watch regular television and movies from my dvd player and wd tv live media player and be able to control the volume. But there is one big problem: It does not have a headphone jack nor rca(red/white) outputs. This is pretty strange since this is a fairly new television. How would I be able to connect headphones to the tv? Would I need any adapters? I would like somehow to convert one of the rca stereo inputs to an output so I can use this cable:
But I am not even sure if you can even do that.
Any suggestions would much be appreciated
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So this wasn't a consideration when you bought the TV?
What is feeding the TV that you could intercept the RCA audio?
If TV only you would place a microphone in front of the TV.
The levels from an RCA output won't be right for headphones. And there will be no volume control. You'll need and amp:
Or just get a pair of wireless heaphones:
Any hints in the manual? It would help to know the make and model of the TV.
It may only have audio out on the HDMI connector(s), if so, you could use an inexpensive audio receiver with HDMI in and headphone out.Andrew Jackson: "It's a poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word."
It looks like your TV only has HDMI input connectors. The only audio-out shown in the manual is the optical digital out.
To use that you need either a converter to convert from the TOSLINK connector (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOSLINK) to analog audio such as this one:
"Converts 2-channel LPCM digital audio S/PDIF Coax or TOSLink Optical signals to analog stereo L/R signals "
or use an Audio Video Receiver (AVR) that has an optical S/PDIF connector (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/PDIF) such as this one (least expensive new one that I could easily find):
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Yes, that TV doesn't have an RCA outputs so the devices I mentioned earlier won't work. You need something like this:
It will take optical audio from your TV and allow you to use your headphones directly.
There are headphone sets made for the xbox 360 and ps3 that connect via fiber optic. Those would be something to look into. Tritton and Turtlebeach make those.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
There are wireless headphones with TOSLINK inputs too. The ones I've seen cost more than the above device though.
Last edited by jagabo; 23rd Mar 2011 at 10:05.
I have a brand new Panasonic 32" TV ( Viera) TC-L32C3 with only a digital AUDIO out jack. Since The TV sound is simply horrible ( unlike the same Panasonic Viera model of 5 years ago which I still have) I was thinking of connecting 2 amplified external speakers of the type used on a PC. Unfortunately, if, in order to make up for the missing RCA audio jacks , I am to buy, in addition to the speakers, the the digital to analog audio converter you suggest, , it is going to be an expensive proposition , even more so if I use the receiver you suggested as a 2nd solution: ( $ 300..)
Is there any other cheaper way out? Like for example using PC amplified speakers which take a digital optical cable instead of RCA cables? Are there any such speakers? I wonder why Panasonic didn't leave the RCA cables on the newer Viera Tv's !
Thank you for your help
This is a cheap & decent converter to take the Digital Audio out from your TV and make it Analog (L/R,White/Red):
You can't power headphones directly, but provides a cheap way to get Analog Audio to an Amp/Receiver or cheap soundbar with Analog Audio Inputs.
We used this converter on a buddy's LCD TV Digital Out to feed his Analog Audio Input soundbar. Works great! Does NOT include a Digital cable, so pick up an Optical Cable to go from the TV to converter.
It will ONLY convert 2-channel digital stereo (PCM) input signals to analog stereo output. This will not work with TVs that only output 5.1-channel digital signals!
But if you're looking to feed a Stereo Receiver(2-channel) or/for headphones, or a cheapie soundbar this will work fine.
If you need/want 5.1, then you lay down the big bucks for a surround system or soundbar with Digital inputs.
It sucks that TV manufacturers exclude analog audio output jacks to save a few pennies on production.
This limits connectivity and makes you buy additional equipment. $$$
The TVs are only an inch thick. No room for decent speakers, and that's why the sound stinks!
You probably don't want to do this, but with an old TV I had I opened the case up, drilled a hole in the side and spliced an earphone jack socket into the speaker wires. Was pretty simple, cost about $1 for the jack.
Last edited by AlanHK; 26th Dec 2011 at 06:21.
http://www.amazon.com/Pico-Insulated-Electrical-Receptacle-Terminal/dp/B00030CS1G/). I just unplugged them and ran speaker wires with wire terminals through one of the air vents in the back of the TV. If the TV broke while still under warranty I could remove the external wiring, reconnect the internal speakers, and send it in for repair.
In my experience, most TVs that output digital audio only output 2.0. 5.1 sources (cable box, Blu-ray, broadcast TV) are all downgraded to 2.0.
I don't think that will work, but even if it did, I don't think it will do much for you. You will still be using the optical digital audio to analog stereo converter and external stereo speakers with your new TV, and that only gives you analog stereo sound quality.
Your TV tuner should be able to scan the unencrypted QAM channels. These will include the locals and some others. They will be in HD if broadcast in HD. To get the other HD cable channels you will need an additional HD cable box.
We have an HD U-Verse box and a Blu-Ray player each going to a 32" Toshiba LCD via HDMI cables.
The Optical out must be 2.0 because the analog converter works great. No sync issues either.
There's no antenna hooked up, so can't confirm internal tuner output. Might there be a setting in the menu to select the audio output, like on a DVD player?
Thanks, excellent suggestion! Now, I'd like to go even further: I do have a HD converter box on my other TV but on the TV I am talking about ( my 2nd set I just bought) I don't have such a HD converter and the signal is fed directly from the coaxial cable provided by my ISP. The definition/resolution is of course much lower than on the other TV with the HD converter. I was wondering if there is a way to avoid purchasing a 2nd HD converter box: on my TV I have a digital optical audio-out (Toslink )jack . I was wondering if there is a way to convert the digital optical audio output into an HDMI signal and then feed it into my HDMI input jack. This way I wouldn't have to buy a 2nd HD converter box and it might be cheaper. Is this feasible?
Are you using an HD cable box? Or do you have one of those little Digital converter boxes also called a DTA?
The DTA has just coax in and coax out. You leave your TV on channel 3 and use that box to change cable channels. The cable companies issued them after the Digital change over. They are NOT High Def, but allow you to receive "Digital" channels that are now scrambled by the cable companies.
If you hook your TV to the coax direct from the wall you should get basic cable channels (like 2 thru 20) in Standard Def, plus your local broadcast stations which should be in Hi Def.
If you have a true HD cable box, it will have HDMI and/or Component Video outputs. The best option is to have an HD box feeding your TV via an HDMI cable.
I have used my HD DVR Comcast cable box to feed multiple sources. HDMI to one TV, coax out to another TV, Composite and S-Video to feed my DVD Recorders.
So yes, you can supply 2 TV sets from a single box. Let us know what box you have and what jacks are on it.
There are wireless headphones that have digital inputs already in place. These headphones offer superior audio quality over the old analog output.
Converting digital to analog to use an old cheap wireless headphone or tapping off of the speaker leads will degrade the audio output. Not to mention void any warranty on your TV. I would suggest you bite the bullet and get a nice digital headphone and be amazed at the quality of the sound.
Last edited by Stan77; 15th Jan 2012 at 11:19.
That device only works with pcm,not dd so if you tv has no settings for pcm then it's no good.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Nice 2 year old thread. But this one handles DTS/DD/MPEG as well as PCM:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/943587-REG/fiio_d07_digital_to_analog.htmlThis is the Tweedledee. And oh, there's the Tweedledum, too.