How to Hook Up Speakers Without Adapters to TV

By James Clark

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Stereo cable
  • Amplifier
  • Speaker wire
  • Wire strippers
  • Speakers

Step 1

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

Step 2

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 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.