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How to Output From Panasonic TV to Stereo Headphones

Updated February 21, 2017

Panasonic televisions that are not equipped with headphone jacks can still be hooked up for private listening. The trick is to use the "Audio Output" jacks on the back of the set. A standard set of RCA-type audio cables and a "Y-adaptor" are the only materials needed for the connection. Choosing the right type of Y-adaptor depends on the headphones that will be used. A set of headphones with a standard RCA plug on the end of the cord will need a Y-adaptor with a standard RCA jack. Headphones equipped with a 1/8-inch mini-plug (3 1/2 millimetres), such as used for personal audio devices like an iPod or MP3 player, will need a Y-adaptor with RCA jacks on one end and a mini-plug jack on the other.

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  1. Check the Panasonic TV cabinet on the front and back panels to determine if the model is equipped with a dedicated headphone jack. If not, go to Step 2.

  2. Look at the headphone plug on the end of the cable. It will be one of two types, either a standard RCA plug or a 1/8-inch mini-plug. The Y-adaptor will need a jack to fit either the standard RCA plug or the smaller mini-plug jack, with standard RCA plugs on the other end of the adaptor.

  3. Connect the two RCA plugs on the Y-adaptor to the Audio Out jacks on the back of the Panasonic television.

  4. Plug the headphones into the remaining Y-adaptor jack.

  5. Turn on the Panasonic TV and use the remote control to access the main menu by pressing the "Menu" key.

  6. Use the up and down arrow keys to move through the menu choices until "Speakers" appears on the TV screen.

  7. Use the right and left arrow keys to turn the Panasonic TV's built-in speakers on or off. This will shut off the built-in speakers so the user can enjoy private listening with headphones.

  8. Tip

    Remember to toggle the "Speakers On" function in the main menu to activate the built-in speakers on the Panasonic TV for normal listening.


    Use the remote control to lower the volume setting before wearing the headphones, then adjust the setting to the desired listening level.

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Things You'll Need

  • Panasonic TV
  • RCA-plug audio Y-adaptor
  • Headphones

About the Author

James Clark

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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