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How to Install Speakers on a TV

Updated February 21, 2017

There are 2 basic ways to connect speakers to a television set--either by running the speakers to a home theatre receiver or amplifier or connecting the speakers directly to the TV. Learn how to make the connections both ways.

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  1. For an amplifier/receiver hookup, connect the audio/out cables from the back of your TV or cable box to the audio input jacks on the back of your receiver or amplifier. Connect the left, right, centre and rear-channel speakers to the designated speaker jacks on the back of your amplifier or receiver.

  2. For a direct speaker connection, connect the audio/out cables from the back of your TV or cable box to the audio jacks on the back of your speakers. Be sure to hook up the left (black wire) and right (red wire) signals to the correct jacks.

  3. Reduce power demands on the TV set by connecting smaller, self-powered computer speakers using standard RCA jacks for the back of the TV, coupled to a mini-plug Y adaptor for connecting to the computer speakers.

  4. Tip

    Better sound quality can be achieved by powering the speakers with an amplifier or receiver and connecting the TV's video output signal to the amplifier. This reduces power demands on the TV set, which has to power the speakers with a direct connection.


    Turn off all equipment before making any connections to prevent a blown speaker or shorting out a component.

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Things You'll Need

  • Speaker wire
  • RCA stereo cables
  • Mini-plug Y adaptor, if using computer speakers.

About the Author

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.

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