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How to hear the television sound through the speakers of a stereo receiver or home theater system.

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The three most common methods to allow the television sound be heard through the speakers of a stereo receiver or home theater system are:

Follow the instructions below for either of these three methods:

IMPORTANT: The methods provided below are the most common. For model-specific information about other possible connections and system settings, refer to the operating instructions supplied with your products. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

NOTE: Separate steps are available when connecting a disc player, cable set-top box, satellite receiver or other source device to the audio system.

For connection using Bluetooth, you may refer to this link for more information. 


Option 1: HDMI connection using the ARC feature:


Connection Diagram

  1. Option 1:
    1. TV
    2. Audio system
    3. HDMI cable (high quality, high-speed HDMI cable)
    4. TV Out ARC connection of the Audio system
    5. HDMI ARC input on the TV

NOTES:

  • Both devices being connected must support the ARC feature. HDMI ports may be marked with ARC to show which one to use.  If not, check your product manual or specifications to see if the ARC feature is supported. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
  • If you find that your TV, A/V receiver or home theater (HT) system does not support ARC, you will need to use Option 2: Coaxial Digital Cable, Optical Digital Cable, or Option 3: Audio Cable to connect your devices.
  1. Connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI ports labeled ARC, or the port identified in your manual that supports ARC.
  2. Set Speakers to Audio system.
    The steps below are an example on Android TV™.
    1. Press the HOME button on the remote control.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select Speakers.
    4. Select Audio system.
  3. Turn on the Control for HDMI setting on both the TV and the receiver or home theater system.
    NOTE: The steps required to enable the Control for HDMI feature may vary. Check the operating instructions supplied with the devices for model-specific steps. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
     

Option 2: Connection using Optical Digital Cable or Coaxial Digital Cable (Digital audio):
Option 3: Connection using Audio Cable (Analog audio):

Connection Diagram

  1. Option 2:
    1. TV
    2. Audio system
    3. HDMI cable (for VIDEO)
    4. Coaxial Digital cable (for Digital Audio) *not supplied
    5. Optical Digital cable (for Digital Audio) *not supplied
    6. Coaxial Digital Audio INPUT
    7. Optical Digital Audio INPUT
    8. Coaxial Digital Audio OUTPUT
    9. Optical Digital Audio OUTPUT
  2. Option 3
    1. Analog Audio cable (for Analog Audio) *supplied with some TV models released in 2016
    2. 3-pole stereo mini jack
    3. Audio (R) INPUT
    4. Audio (L) INPUT
    5. Audio (R) OUTPUT
    6. Audio (L) OUTPUT
    7. Audio OUT/Headphone OUTPUT
  3. NOTES:
    • Depending on the TV model, some jacks may not be available.
    • You can find these cables and more through the Parts & Accessories website.

 

  1. Connect a Coaxial Digital Cable, Optical Digital Cable, or Audio cable to the audio output jack of the television.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the corresponding jacks on the stereo receiver or home theater system.
    NOTE: Depending on the stereo receiver or home theater system being used, the audio input may be labeled TV INPUT or VIDEO INPUT.
  3. Turn on the television.
  4. When using the Optical Digital Cable connection, set Speakers to Audio system.
    The steps below are an example on Android TV.
    1. Press the HOME button on the remote control.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select Speakers.
    4. Select Audio system.
  5. Set the television sound to the desired setting of either Fixed or Variable.
    NOTES:
    • Some TV models do not have this setting.
    • For Android TV with this setting option, select Audio out (Fixed) and adjust the volume on an external output device such as an audio system.
      If you select Audio out (Fixed), audio will be output from both the TV and external output device. If you want to output TV sound only from the external output device (mute sound from the TV), decrease the TV volume to the lowest level or mute it.
  6. Turn on the stereo receiver or home theater system.
  7. Set the stereo receiver or home theater system to the proper input.

NOTE: When the TV’s Headphone/Audio out is set to Audio out (Variable)
The volume on an external output device such as an audio system is linked to the TV volume, and audio is output from both the TV and external output device. If you want to turn off only the audio output from the TV, change the Speakers setting on the TV to Audio system.
Note that if you decrease or mute the TV volume while the Speakers setting on the TV is set to TV speakers, the sound from the external output device will decrease or be muted.