How to Connect External Speakers to a Sharp AQUOS

by Steve Lander

Sharp AQUOS TVs are extremely thin, and while this can make them the center of a home entertainment system, it also creates a problem -- it is extremely hard to squeeze high-quality speakers into the very thin case. As such, the best way to enjoy your Sharp AQUOS TV is to connect it to external speakers that have much higher fidelity. Because the television lacks an amplifier, connect it to speakers that have their own amplifier.

Connecting Speakers via Optical Digital


Unplug your TV and your audio device, like a receiver or a soundbar, from the wall outlet.


Insert one end of an optical digital cable into the "Digital Audio Output" located near the bottom edge of the TV's back panel on its right side. The connector is shaped like a capital "D" and will only go in when oriented correctly. You may feel a slight click when it locks into place.


Insert the other end of the cable into the optical digital input on your audio device.


Plug the power cords on both devices back in.

Connecting Speakers via Analog Line-Out


Protect yourself from electric shock by unplugging both your TV and your speakers or other audio device from the wall outlet.


Insert the miniplug on the miniplug-to-phono plug adapter into the "Audio Out" jack near the right edge of the TV's back panel.


Connect the two phono plugs on the other end of the adapter to the analog audio input on your speakers or other audio device, keeping the color coding straight. Insert the red plug into the right channel, which may be color-coded red or be marked with an "R," and put the black or white plug into the input for the left channel.


Plug both devices' power cords back in.


  • If you have amplified speakers or a portable audio dock with a 3.5mm miniplug, you can plug them directly into your TV's analog audio output.

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About the Author

Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.

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