Can I use PC speakers with my TV set?

  1. EnumaElish

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    What adapters or cables do I need?

    Thank you for any responses.
     
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  3. NoTime

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    If your TV has Audio RCA OUT or Headphone Jack then yes.

    Do your speakers have an amplifier in them?
    If not you need one unless the TV has speaker out (fairly rare).
     
  4. EnumaElish

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    My TV has headphone jack and "audio out," but no speaker out.

    If I use the headphone jack, do I still need an amplifier? (Headphones don't have amplifiers, do they?)
     
  5. NoTime

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    Headphones have very small power requirements.

    If your PC speakers are not the powered kind, then the volume is going to be very low.
    You'll be better off just using the TV internal speaker.

    If your PC speakers are powered then, which jack you use might depend on how you want to manage volume control.

    Audio out is fixed level and usually better sound thru an amp, while headphone jack is controlled by TV volume.

    You can get adapters for either connection.
     
  6. EnumaElish

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    The PC speakers are powered. Does that mean they are ampliifed?

    What kind of cable (or adapter) would work for audio output, any suggestion?
     
  7. NoTime

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    If they are powered, then yes, they would have an amplifier.
    Do they have a volume control?
    Are they designed to plug into the sound card speaker jack or the line out jack? Or either?

    The TV most likely has RCA connectors for audio out.

    What the speakers use? - could be most anything.
    You would have to post a pic or model number.

    No volume control, then use the headphone jack.
    There is a special adaptor to convert headphone jack to line in if necessary.

    Try Radio Shack if you have them where you are.
    They have connecting cables as well as adaptors.
    Don't waste your money on the fancy gold plated stuff.
    Electrons don't care how pretty it looks.
     
  8. EnumaElish

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    The speakers do have volume control. As far as I can tell their cables have 1/8" jacks which plug into the sound card. I don't know whether they will also work with a line out. The TV has a red and a white out (and a yellow, which I understand to be for video).

    I bought an RCA-to-1/8" Y cable (from RadioShack) and it worked. The Y cable has two RCA male jacks (1 red & 1 white) at one end, and a 1/8" male jack at the other. (I also bought a 1/8" to 1/8" F/F connector because I couldn't remember whether the speakers were male or female. As it turned out the speakers have a female 1/8" jack, so I didn't need the F/F connector.)

    Thank you for your suggestions, NoTime!
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2006
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