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TV audio out - pretty dumb question

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 10:34:12

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Although I did a search, there were too many messages to wade through. Therefore, my apologies for any repetition.

I'm getting new powered speakers for the TV that have either RCA input or 1/8" input.

Simple question: The TV has either RCA out or headphone (1/8") out. Which would probably give better signal quality?

The current external speakers are connected via headphone output.

Thanks for any information.


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RE: TV audio out - pretty dumb question, posted on November 12, 2019 at 13:41:05
Alex F.

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It would have been helpful to provide the brand and model numbers of the TV and loudspeakers.

Because the 1/8" jack is for earphone use it is thus a variable output, which I will assume you need for the new self-powered speakers. The RCA output might also be variable (you might have to choose between fixed and variable in the TV's menu). If the RCA output is fixed only (for use with a stereo receiver, for example), you do not have a choice.

The 1/8" output utilizes a small power amplifier to drive earphones. If the RCA output comes directly off the preamp section it might sound superior.


Good information, posted on November 13, 2019 at 15:50:43

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That gives me the basics of what I need. It didn't occur to me that the headphone jack would be connected to an amp. That makes sense.

I think I'll try the RCA output first because the speakers have a volume control.



RE: Good information, posted on November 13, 2019 at 17:38:26
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You may find that using the speaker volume control is limiting unless it comes with a remote. Being able to change the level depending on the station or time of day is handy, particularly the mute button.



Hi there, you have mail, posted on December 25, 2019 at 02:25:56
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