How to Get Sound From the TV to the Stereo Receiver

By James Clark

Any television with at least one set of audio outputs can be connected to a home stereo system for expanded sound. Chances are, your home stereo is equipped with better-quality speakers than the small speakers built into the cabinets of many TV sets. There are two ways to connect, depending on the ages of the TV and the stereo receiver. Newer equipment might have digital audio jacks that let you connect the TV to the stereo with a single cable for multichannel sound. For older TVs and stereos, use a standard RCA-type stereo cable with white and red plugs.

Things You'll Need

  • Audio cable compatible with TV and stereo

Step 1

Turn around the TV and the stereo receiver to see what types of audio outputs are available, then choose a compatible stereo cable.

Step 2

Turn off power to the TV and stereo to avoid a line surge when the cable is plugged in.

Step 3

Connect one end of a digital cable to the output jack on the TV, and connect the other end to the matching input jack on the stereo. For an analog connection, push the red and white plugs into the right and left audio outputs on the TV, then connect the other ends to a set of jacks on the stereo receiver. Write a note of the label on the jacks used for the connection.

Step 4

Turn on the power to both the TV and the receiver.

Step 5

Set the receiver's selector knob on the front of the unit to the name of the connection with the TV, and adjust the volume to the preferred level.