How to Add Speakers to a TV

Written by aaron wein
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There are many reasons to use an aftermarket speaker set-up rather than the factory speakers included with a television. If nothing else, stock television speakers often don't provide the highest quality at high volumes. Aftermarket speakers are standalone speakers that you can connect to virtually any audio equipment and aren't necessarily the same brand or size as your factory speakers. Most of these setups will require three extra speakers to provide a full stereo experience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Center speaker
  • Left speaker
  • Right speaker
  • Amplifier
  • Speaker wire
  • Wire cutters

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    Set up speakers

  1. 1

    Cut approximately 3/8 of an inch off both ends of the speaker wire to reveal the copper wires.

  2. 2

    Connect the positive wire to the positive terminal in the back of the speaker, which will be labelled with a "+" sign or coloured red. Do the same for the negative terminal, which will be labelled with a "-"sign or coloured black.

  3. 3

    Repeat each step for the two speakers you'd like to use on your television.

    Connect speakers to amplifier

  1. 1

    Locate the terminals in the back of the home stereo amplifier labelled "Front" and the terminals labelled "Right", "Left" and "Center" within the "Front" section.

  2. 2

    Connect the centre speaker's speaker wire to the "Center" terminal the same way you connect the speaker wire to the speaker. The centre speaker should be the largest of the two speakers while the other two should be the identical size. This will create and even sound.

  3. 3

    Connect the speaker you'll be placing to the left of your television to the "Left" terminal and vice versa for the right speaker.

  4. 4

    Place the centre speaker in the centre of where you'd like the source of your sound to emanate, such as the top middle of the television. Place the left speaker to the left of the centre speaker and place the right speaker to the right of the centre speaker.

    Connect the amplifier to the television

  1. 1

    Plug an audio cable into to the amplifier's audio video input by connecting the white output into the white input and the red output into the red input. Be sure both outputs of the cable are plugged into the same channel and note which channel it's plugged into. This is the channel you will need to turn your amplifier to in order to hear sound coming from the speakers.

  2. 2

    Plug the other end into the television's audio input, which will be coloured and labelled similarly to what was on amplifier's audio video input.

  3. 3

    Switch the amplifier to the channel that you connected the audio video cable to and turn on the television.

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