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How to connect a bare speaker wire to a tv

Updated April 17, 2017

Modern televisions are mainly designed for the best possible picture. Televisions with slim designs have minimal room for internal speakers to provide deep, lush sound. Although consumers have been wiring their televisions into their stereos for years, many televisions offer external speaker jacks to allow direct connection of better transducers. Although these speakers jacks are conventional plastic spring clips, the internal amplification on most televisions is too modest to require bulky speaker cable. The simple connection of bare wire to these jacks could be your path to better sound.

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  1. Determine the distance needed to travel from the television to the external speakers. Cut the appropriate length using the small wire snips.

  2. Strip off 1/4 inch of insulation from each end of the speaker wires, exposing the bare wire underneath. Twist these wires tightly by hand to prevent shorts.

  3. Push down the plastic red positive spring clip on the back of the TV, exposing the connection hole. Insert the positive speaker wire conductor (typically the side with writing or a moulded ridge), and release the clip to secure. Repeat this process with the black clip and the negative speaker wire, for both speaker outputs.

  4. Connect the wire to the speakers by loosening the binding posts until the centre post hole is exposed. Insert the bare wire into the hole on the positive side, corresponding with the connection made at the rear of the TV. Screw down the post to secure the wire. Follow the same procedure for the negative binding post. Repeat this process for other speakers.

  5. Turn on the television. Using the TV's remote, navigate to the audio set-up section of the menu. Consult the television's manual for specific button presses. Turn off the internal sound, shutting off the built-in speakers. Turn on the external speaker feature. Adjust volume through the television as normal.

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Things You'll Need

  • Speaker wire
  • Television remote and manual
  • Small wire strippers/snips
  • External speakers

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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