How to Connect External Speakers to an LCD TV

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How to Connect External Speakers to an LCD TV
Computer speakers typically come with their own cables for quick set-up. (computer speakers image by sarit saliman from

Connecting a pair of external speakers to an LCD TV expands the sound in the room without moving in a lot of bulky stereo components or full-size speakers. Self-powered speakers are needed for the connection because the LCD TV's amplifier is only powerful enough to run the built-in speakers. You can hook up a pair of computer speakers quickly to achieve good sound in a small space by using an audio Y-adaptor, which is available at electronics stores.

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Things you need

  • External speakers
  • Y-adaptor
  • Stereo cable

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  1. 1

    Set up the speakers on each side of the LCD TV for stereo sound separation.

  2. 2

    Plug the cable attached to the left speaker into the audio out jack on the side or back of the right speaker.

  3. 3

    Plug the cable from the right speaker into the smallest of the three jacks on the Y-adaptor.

  4. 4

    Connect the stereo cable from the two jacks on the Y-adaptor to the stereo output jacks on the back of the LCD set.

  5. 5

    Plug in the electrical cord to the power jack on the speakers, usually the right speaker where the amp is located, and connect the other end to a wall outlet.

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