How to Connect a TV Directly to External Speakers

By Adrian Grahams

Adding external speakers to your television set can bring a new dimension to watching movies or concerts on TV. External TV speakers and surround sound can "recreate the ambiance of the original recording environment," according to Chris Kantack, of Surround Sound Information Source. The audio from a TV set is low-powered, so you will first need to connect your TV to an amplifier to power the external speakers.

Things You'll Need

  • RCA audio cable
  • Amplifier

Step 1

Place the amplifier unit close to the television set.

Step 2

Find the red and white audio jacks on the TV set. These will be on the side or back panel of the set. They are usually labeled "Audio" or "Audio Out."

Step 3

Plug the red and white connectors on the RCA cables into the correct audio output jacks on the TV set.

Step 4

Plug in the other end of the RCA cable to the correct inputs on the amplifier. These may be marked "Video" or "TV." If not, use any RCA input with the exception of the "Phono" jack.

Step 5

Identify the external speaker outputs on the amplifier. Connect the speakers with the supplied cables. Position the "Right" external speaker to the right-hand side of the TV set and the "Left" speaker on the left-hand side. Moving the speakers a foot or two from the set should enhance stereo sound.

Step 6

Switch on the amplifier and select the correct input from the control panel on the front of the amplifier.

Step 7

Turn on the television set. Use the setup menu to select "Audio" settings. In this menu, turn off the TV's built-in speakers and select the external speaker option.

Step 8

Adjust the volume control of the amplifier and TV set until you are happy with the sound levels.

Tips & Warnings

  • Disconnect all TV and audio equipment from the main AC power supply before installing external speakers.