How to Hook Up Speakers Without Adapters to TV

Connecting speakers to a television can improve the sound from your set, which may be limited by the small built-in speakers on many TVs. No matter what type of speakers you want to connect, they'll need a separate amplifier because the audio outputs on the TV are not powerful enough to produce noticeable volume on external speakers. To connect without an adapter, you'll need a set of stereo cables with RCA-type plugs to hook up directly to the TV's audio jacks.

...
RCA stereo cable plugs.

Step

Set a speaker on the left and the right side of the TV.

Step

Connect the stereo cable's white and red plugs on one end to the left and right audio outputs on the back of the TV.

Step

Plug in the other end of the stereo cable to a pair of audio inputs on the amplifier.

Step

Cut speaker wire for each speaker and peel away half an inch of insulation from each end.

Step

Attach the two strands on each end of the speaker wire to the terminals on the back of the speaker and amplifier. For example, connect a speaker to the left terminal on the amplifier using the colored wire for the red terminal and the other wire for the black terminal.