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How to Connect a TV to an Amplifier

Updated February 21, 2017

Connecting your television to your stereo amplifier is an easy way to improve the quality of your home theatre experience. Most stereo amplifiers are compatible with most televisions. The difficult part is determining the best way to connect your devices in order to get the highest quality. If your devices offer compatible digital inputs and outputs, choose these to connect your television to your amplifier. But even if they do not, it is still possible to connect most televisions to most amplifiers.

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  1. Determine what audio output ports your TV offers. Typically, televisions have at least RCA audio outputs (sometimes called phono jacks).

  2. Determine what audio inputs your amplifier offers. Your amplifier will likely have several input options, depending on the age and cost of your amplifier. Most amplifiers will offer at least RCA audio inputs.

  3. Determine what type of cable you need. For example, if your TV only has a stereo headphone output (called a 1/8 stereo jack) and your amplifier only has RCA audio inputs, you will need to use a "1/8 stereo to RCA" cable. But not all inputs and outputs are compatible, so check with your manufacturer if there is any doubt.

  4. Turn off the amplifier and television.

  5. Connect one end of the cable to the audio output ports on your television.

  6. Connect the other end of the cable to the audio input ports of your amplifier.

  7. Turn on the television, followed by the amplifier.

  8. Operate both devices to test the connection.

  9. Tip

    If your devices offer digital inputs and outputs, use them. They will provide the highest quality sound.

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Things You'll Need

  • TV
  • Amplifier

About the Author

Stan Mack is a business writer specializing in finance, business ethics and human resources. His work has appeared in the online editions of the "Houston Chronicle" and "USA Today," among other outlets. Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis.

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