How to Connect Audio From a TV to an Amplifier

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Unplug the equipment from the electricity.

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.

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.

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.


Connect the audio cables before restoring power to the components.

Things You'll Need

  • Stereo audio cable
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.