How to Connect Headphones to a TV
Connecting headphones to a television is a great way to watch TV without disturbing others in the room who may be sleeping or focusing on a difficult task. High-quality headphones can also offer a much richer listening experience than many television speakers, which generally compress all sounds into a narrow mid-range area.
Things You’ll Need:
- A personal headphone amplifier (depending upon set-up) 1/4″ or 1/8″ adapters (depending upon set-up) Headphone extension cable (depending upon set-up)
- A personal headphone amplifier (depending upon set-up)
- 1/4″ or 1/8″ adapters (depending upon set-up)
- Headphone extension cable (depending upon set-up)
Connect your headphones to the jack on the front or back of the television, if the TV is so equipped. This is the simplest method and you can control the volume with the remote control or directly on the television set.
Connect a 1/8″ headphone adapter to the end of your headphones if the TV has a smaller jack than your headphones. These are widely available at electronics stores like Radio Shack (www.radioshack.com/home/index.jsp) and stores that sell electronic goods and accessories like Target (www.target.com/).
Connect a 1/4″ headphone adapter to the end of your headphones if the TV has a larger jack than your headphones. These can be purchased at electronics stores and most stores that sell electronics accessories for under $10.
Purchase a portable headphone amplifier to connect your headphones and TV if your television does not have a direct headphone jack. Make sure to purchase a device compatible with the RCA outputs on most televisions. It may be wise to purchase a headphone amplifier that accepts 1/4″ inputs and buy RCA adapters so you will be able to connect more devices. Portable headphone amplifiers can be found in many electronics and music stores and on-line.
Connect the RCA outputs of your television to the inputs on the headphone amplifier. Turn the volume on the headphone amplifier as low as possible before putting the headphones on to avoid hurting your ears.
Connect your headphones to the output on the headphone amplifier. Turn the volume up slowly until you find the volume best for you.