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How Do You Connect Your Integrated Amplifier To TV?


Modern home television technology has advanced functionalities, HD technologies, but is often equipped with primitive speakers that do not allow you to enjoy all the sound effects.

For ordinary viewing, this set is quite enough, but in order to feel all the charm of surround sound, you need to additionally connect an audio system, where an integrated amplifier will act as a connecting link, to the TV. How to properly connect the acoustics will be discussed below.

What ports does the TV have?

It is useful to know what outputs TV has for connecting for from ordinary to top integrated amplifiers. The correct choice of port directly affects not only the sound quality, but also the capabilities of the sound system. So, modern manufacturers offer:

  • RCA ports, found on most models for backward compatibility;
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack socket, designed for connecting headphones or a wired headset, not offered by all manufacturers;
  • line-out in 3.5 mm minijack or 6 mm minijack format, also may not be provided by the TV design;
  • digital outputs.


Digital connection: Optical / coaxial

The vast majority of televisions have a digital audio output (S / PDIF), generally in Toslink optical format, more rarely in coaxial format (RCA plug). If the amplifier has one or more digital audio inputs, you can then connect the digital audio output of the television directly to the corresponding audio input of the amplifier, using the appropriate cable.

Analog connection: RCA or mini-jack

Some televisions have in addition to their digital audio output a stereo analog audio output. It can be an RCA output (quite rare) or a mini-jack output (headphone jack type). It is then possible to connect the analog audio output of the television directly to one of the RCA inputs of the amplifier, either with an RCA to RCA cable, or with a mini-jack to RCA cable. Before that, you must go to the TV sound adjustment menu to select the analog audio output, also called Line output (see example below).

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