Attaching Headphones to a Samsung TVby Lynn Burbeck
Attaching headphones to your Samsung TV can be a great way to watch your favorite programs without disrupting others in your home -- particularly if you like to watch TV late at night. There are multiple ways to connect headphones to your TV depending on the age, model and size of your Samsung television. This may include the purchase of an adapter or the use of wireless headphones.
Locate the Headphone Jack
Some newer models of Samsung televisions have a headphone jack on either the rear or side of the set. For instance, Samsung models LNxxA, LNxxB, LNxxC and LNxxD do have a headphone jack in the rear of the TV, but only on models that are 27 inches or smaller. If you have an LN-T or LN-S model TV, it will have a headphone jack located on the side of the TV regardless of the size.
Use an Adapter
If you have an older model Samsung TV that doesn't have a headphone jack, you can purchase an adapter to use with the AV Out audio jacks on the back of the set. Purchase an adapter that has two RCA (audio) jacks on one side and a female jack on the other side that is fitted to the size of your headphone jack. To use the adapter, plug the RCA jacks in the audio jacks in the back of your TV and then plug your headphones into the female jack of the adapter.
Use Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones use a transmitter that sends audio signals to your headphones. This transmitter attaches directly to your TV via a coaxial cable, RCA outputs or your television's headphone jack. If your TV doesn't have a headphone jack, and the transmitter you purchase requires one for setup, you'll need to purchase an RCA-to-female-headphone adapter. When purchasing wireless headphones, Samsung recommends selecting a model that is self-amplified. These headphones have a volume control knob that you can use to adjust the volume of the sound coming through the headphones, opposed to non-amplified headphones which have a fixed volume level that can't be controlled at all. It's also important to note that while using self-amplified headphones, the sound will continue to project from the television's speakers unless the volume is set to zero, the sound is muted or "External Speakers" is selected as the audio source.
Although setting up a Samsung TV with headphones is straightforward for users whose video source is standard cable, standard antennae in, AV in or S-Video in, those with a video source that uses Component In, DVI or HDMI may encounter some difficulties. If you have any questions or problems, consult your Samsung users manual.
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