How to Connect Head Phones to a Sharp TV

Written by james clark
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Sharp television sets include a variety of connection options for hooking up audio equipment, such as a home theatre receiver. However, there is no direct means of connecting a set of stereo headphones for private listening. Modern stereo headphones and earbuds terminate in cord with a 3.5mm mini-plug, while Sharp TVs, depending on the model, use HDMI composite audio and optical audio jacks to transmit sound. The way to get around this obstacle is to use a simple Y-adaptor with plugs on one end for connecting to the TV and a mini-plug jack on the other to receive the headphones.

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Things you need

  • Sharp TV
  • Y-Adapter with RCA plugs on one end and a 3.5mm jack on the other (available at electronics stores)
  • Corded stereo headphone set with mini-plug

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    Insert the two RCA-type plugs on the Y-adaptor into the left and right audio "OUT" jacks on the back of the Sharp TV. Use the white plug for the left audio channel and the red plug for the right channel. (The name of the jacks might be different depending on your model. Refer to your user guide for the exact name if needed.)

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    Insert the mini-plug on the headphones into the jack on the Y-adaptor to complete the connection with the television.

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    Press the "Menu" button on the Sharp TV remote control, then use the up and down arrows to toggle to "Speakers." Press the left and right arrow keys to switch the Sharp TV's built-in speakers on or off. Switching them off will enable private listening through the headphones.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy a stereo headphone extension cord for private listening across the room from the TV. Cords are available in several lengths, up to 20 feet.
  • Turn down the volume before wearing headphones to prevent hearing loss.

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