Your TV’s speakers are too weak to hear from the couch, let alone when you have guests over.
You have a speaker and an AUX cable, but something’s amiss.
Where is your TV’s audio port?
Your TV doesn’t support Bluetooth, so how else are you supposed to connect it to external speakers?
How do you connect speakers to a TV with no audio output?
Keep reading to find out!
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|Extract sound from HDMI||
1. Extracting Sound from HDMI
HDMI ports carry sound and video, making them the perfect choice for connecting your TV to speakers using an HDMI audio extractor.
Follow the steps below to connect your TV to speakers with an HDMI audio extractor.
- HDMI Audio Extractor
- L/R RCA Cable or Toslink Cable (depending on the available port on the speaker)
- 2x HDMI Cables
- Power Source (included)
Step 1: Connect Your Input Source to your HDMI Audio Extractor
Find the HDMI port on your input device, which could be a streaming device (e.g., Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast), gaming console, or laptop.
Plug one end of the HDMI cable into your input device and the other end into the HDMI audio extractor’s HDMI input port.
Streaming devices plugged directly into HDMI ports can be plugged into the HDMI audio extractor without needing an HDMI cable.
Step 2: Connect Your HDMI Audio Extractor to Your TV
Plug one end of your second HDMI cable into the audio extractor’s HDMI output port.
Find your TV’s HDMI port (usually on its back or side) and plug the other end of the HDMI cable into it.
Make sure all cables are secure.
Step 3: Connect Your External Speaker to the HDMI Audio Extractor
Check which ports your speaker has.
If your speaker has L/R RCA ports, which are two ports colored red and white, use an L/R RCA Cable.
If your speaker has a Toslink port, usually labeled “Optical”, use a Toslink Cable.
Plug the appropriate side of the correct cable into the external speaker and the other into the extractor’s audio port.
Step 4: Connect the HDMI Audio Extractor to Power
HDMI audio extractors need to be connected to a stable power source.
Plug one end of the provided power cable into the extractor’s DC IN port and the other into a wall outlet.
You’ll know it’s properly plugged into when the power indicator lights up.
Step 5: Change Your TV’s Input Source
Now, you must change your TV input source to the correct source.
Click Input or Source on your TV remote to change the input source to “HDMI”.
Play something to make sure the speakers are working, and you’re good to go!
Watch the video below demonstrating how to extract sound from HDMI.
2. Using HDMI eARC/ARC
Does your audio system (e.g., soundbar) have an HDMI out eARC or ARC port?
If so, you can use it to connect your speakers to your TV!
Are you not sure if your audio system’s HDMI port is eARC or ARC? Consult your user manual or look up the model name followed by “included ports”.
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Follow our guide to connect your TV to speakers via its HDMI eARC or ARC port.
Step 1: Connect Your Input Source and TV Using an HDMI Cable
Once you know your speakers have an eARC or ARC port, you can purchase the correct HDMI cable.
If your audio system has an HDMI eARC port, get an HDMI eARC cable.
If your audio system has an HDMI ARC port, buy an HDMI ARC cable.
Plug one end of the cable into your audio system and the other into your TV’s HDMI IN port.
Step 2: Change Your TV’s Input Source
Use your TV remote to change the input source to “HDMI”.
You can do this by clicking the Input or Source button.
Click the button once to see which input your TV is currently set to, then again to change it.
Step 3: Change Your Audio System’s Input Source
You can change your audio system’s input source using the provided remote.
Press Input or Source to change the audio system’s input to “D.IN”. This will also engage the eARC or ARC port.
You did it! Now, your TV is connected to your audio system via an HDMI eARC/ARC cable!
Watch the video to see how to connect your TV to speakers via an HDMI eARC/ARC cable, following the steps above.
Wrapping Things Up
No audio port? No problem!
There are other ways you can connect your TV to speakers. All the materials can be ordered online and are easy to use.
Don’t settle for your TV’s poor-quality built-in speakers. You can play sound through the latest audio systems, even if your TV is from the dark ages.
Remember to check which ports your speakers have before ordering the correct cables, and always plug your HDMI audio extractor into power.
What’s your experience connecting speakers to a TV with no audio output? Has this article helped you figure out how to connect your old TV to speakers?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.