How to Connect Wired Headphones to TV?

If we observe our viewing concept in the last few years, we can see a huge shift to Smart TVs and other televisions. Now, most modern TVs are available in the budget range and affordable to ordinary people.

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Another main reason we observed from our study is the comfortable and theatre-like viewing experience. Televisions can deliver a far better visual treat than a smartphone or laptop.

We know, by the arrival of 4K quality videos through online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon prime, quality audio is necessary to get the absolute experience.

Most of the time, the inbuilt speakers fail to deliver demanding audio. Then the best option is to connect your premium quality wired headphones to it. But is it possible? Now you may think, how to connect wired headphones for tv?

How to Connect Wired Headphones to TV?

Before that, let’s see the advantages of using wired headphones with tv

  • Better audio experience
  • Can watch your favourite movies or series peacefully even though the environment is noisy.
  • You can watch your program even at midnight without disturbing others.
  • Privacy ensured

How to Connect Wired Headphones to TV?

First, we will bring you every method at a glance,

  1. Using Digital to Analog Audio Converter
  2. TVs with a headphone jack
  3. Connect headphones to Old Model TV
  4. Using a Roku TV
  5. Using Nvidia Shield Controller
  6. Using Gaming Console

Now let’s see everything in detail,

1.Digital to Analog Audio Converter (Universal Method)

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We call this the universal method because it can be used to connect any TV to headphones (wired), even without a headphone jack.

If your tv has any one of the headphone jack, audio out or optical out jack, you can use this method. Fortunately, every TV has at least one type of these jacks.

All you need is a Digital to analogue audio converter (DAC) such as DazzelOn or Microware DAC

If your TV has only Optical out, by using a Toslink cable, connect your tv to the DAC. On the other side, i.e., output, there is a 3.5 mm port, and you can plug your headphone into it.

2.TV with a Headphone Jack

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Now, most Televisions have a 3.5 mm dedicated headphone jack, just like in smartphones. But as a previous user, what troubled me the most was the length of the cable. 

Earphones usually have a 1.2-meter cable, and they are definitely inadequate to connect to your TV. Usually, we watch TV at a distance of 2.5 to 3 meters away. 

If it is necessary, you can also check the optimum viewing proximity for a healthy routine.

You can use a 3.5 mm extension cable of the desired length for comfortable listening through your headphone. You can plug the headphone jack into one end of the extension cable and the other end to the TV port.

You can use the headset’s volume button to adjust the volume. But you have to unplug it from TV to hear the audio through the TV speaker.

3.Connect headphones to Old Model TV (RCA Jack)

If you have not upgraded your old model TV into any latest type, you can still connect your wired earphones to them. Most of the old model TV has a headphone jack.

In that case, you can follow the above method.

Sometimes you may not have it. What will you do then?

How to connect headphones to TV without a headphone jack?

Don’t worry; you can still connect. Let’s see how.

First, you have to find the “audio out” port (2 RCA port red and white) on the TV. It usually located at the backside.

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What you need next is a 2 RCA to 3.5 mm socket adapter.

Now you can connect your headphone jack into the socket and DONE! The audio can be heard through the headphone.

Note: You can connect a Bluetooth transmitter into the socket to pair your Bluetooth earphones to TV.

How do I connect my headphones to my TV without a headphone jack?

If your tv does not have an earphone jack and have an audio out slot, please follow the step below to connect your headphones to it,

First, you have to locate the “audio out” port (2 RCA port red and white) on the TV. It usually located at the backside.

What you need next is a 2 RCA to 3.5 mm socket adapter.

Now you can connect your headphone jack into the socket and DONE! The audio can be heard through the headphone.

4.Using Roku TV

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As you may know, Roku is a digital streaming device just like Amazon Fire TV. Their unique “private Listening” concept is really great.

There are two Roku streaming devices,

  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku Premiere

Roku Ultra

This is the latest Roku device. The box comes with a remote having a headphone jack. 

Let’s check the steps one bt one,

Step-1: Connect your Roku digital device to your tv’s HDMI port using the cable in the box. You should also charge the device using a USB cable. For this, you can use either an external power source or the tv’s USB port.

Step-2: Connect the Roku to a Wi-fi connection.

Step-3: Connect your remote to TV by pressing the reset button.

Step-4: Now, you can plug the earphone available with the device to the remote and tap on the earphone symbol on it and DONE! You’ll start hearing the audio through the earphone.

You don’t even need a smartphone for connecting to earphone if you are using Roku Ultra.

Roku Premiere

This method can be used for any Roku devices, including Ultra.

Step-1: Connect your Roku digital device to your tv’s HDMI port using the cable in the box. You should also charge the device using a USB cable. For this, you can use either an external power source or the tv’s USB port.

Step-2: Connect the Roku to a Wi-fi connection.

Note: Confirm both your smartphone and Roku device are connected to the same internet.

Step-3: Download the Roku TV app on your phone. It is available in both Appstore and Playstore.

Step-4: Connect both Roku and phone.

Step-5: Press the earphone button on the Roku app on your phone and insert your wired headphone into your smartphone and Done!

You can now hear what is happening on your tv through your headphone. This is the private listening concept by Roku.

Note: If you have Bluetooth headphone, pair them with the smartphone to hear the tv audio through it.

In this method, you can adjust the volume through headphone using the headphone volume controller and tv speaker using tv remote.

5.Nvidia Shield Controller

nvidia-shield-controller

This is one option you can try to hear the tv audio through a wired earphone. If you have already paired the controller for gaming, things are easy.

Otherwise, you should pair your Nvidia shield controller as usual. Once this process is complete, connect your headphone to the 3.5 mm port of the controller. 

Just as simple as that. But we don’t prefer this option as if you are not a gamer and already own one.

Note: You can also pair your Bluetooth wireless headphones through this.

6.Using Game Console

You can use a gaming console also for getting tv audio through headphones. We don’t recommend both of the tips mentioned below as the first option. 

These methods are recommended only if you already own a gaming console. Otherwise, you better prefer any of the first four methods mentioned above.

PlayStation

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The majority of the PlayStations come with a headphone port. First, you have to pair your PS with tv as you normally do for gaming.

Then follow each step given below to use your PlayStation to connect to headphone to hear the tv audio.

Step-1: Go to setting

Step-2: Select Devices

Step-3: Now, connect your headphone cable to the PS controller.

Step-4: Select the “audio device”, and then the “output device” options from the new window appeared.

Step-5: Then, select “headset connected to the controller” from the new screen.

DONE! Now you can hear the tv audio through the earphone.

Xbox One

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This is another famous gaming console. Most of them come with an earphone jack. Here we will tell you how to connect your earphone to Xbox One controller to hear TV audio.

Step-1: Go to settings and, from the new window, select “display and sound”.

Step-2: Select “Audio Output” from the next tab.

Step-3: Go to “Optical Audio” and select “Stereo Uncompressed”.

Step-4: Then select HDMI audio and tap on “Off”.

Step-5: From the Headset audio section, select “Windows Sonic for Headphones”.

Note: Also check the box, “Using HDMI or optical audio”.

Now you can connect your headset to the controller and listen to the audio through it.

To manage volume, find the “Kinet and Device” option from settings. Then from “devices and Accessories”, click on the three dots just below the controller’s image.

Then you can manage volume from the “volume” option.

Quick Look

Here we have discussed every method to connect your wired headphone to a television. You can choose any method depending on the television you have.

If you find more than one technique can be applied, proceed with more convenient to you. We hope now you know how to connect wired headphones to tv.

If we miss anything, feel free to comment below. All healthy suggestions are heartily accepted.

  1. How do I connect my wired headphones to my Samsung tv/ how to connect wired headphones to a Samsung tv?

    We have provided six methods to connect your wired earphones to Samsung or any other TV. You can follow anyone method which is found suitable for you.
    If your Samsung tv does not have a headphone jack, you can connect. For that, follow method 1 or 3. Sometimes you need a third-party device for it, and we have also included the link for your ease.

Sanil VS is a Chemical Engineer by Profession and he loves to write and review gadgets on his free times.

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