How to Connect Audio From a TV to an Amplifier

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How to Connect Audio From a TV to an Amplifier
Connect an amplifier to a TV with standard audio cables. (hi-fidelity amplifier image by Yorkie Paul from

Connecting audio from a television to an amplifier can improve sound quality when the amp is also hooked up to a pair of stereo speakers or a surround sound speaker package. An external speaker system will typically provide superior audio over the built-in speakers on a TV set. Connecting a TV to an amp requires a standard set of audio cables available at electronics and stereo stores.

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Things you need

  • Stereo audio cable

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  1. 1

    Unplug the equipment from the electricity.

  2. 2

    Insert the plugs on one end of the cables into the audio OUT jacks on the back of the TV, matching the white plug to the white (left channel) jack and the red plug to the right channel.

  3. 3

    Connect the plugs on the other end of the cables to a free set of audio IN jacks on the back of the amp. For example, most amplifiers are equipped with a set of auxiliary jacks labelled AUX, which can be used for the connection. However, any free set of audio jacks will work.

  4. 4

    Dial the selector knob on the amplifier to the set of jacks connecting it with the TV. For instance, if the TV is plugged into the AUX jacks on the amp, set the selector knob to AUX.

Tips and warnings

  • Connect the audio cables before restoring power to the components.

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