ok, here's my update and a question. I just discovered an audio out option on the LX85 Panasonic that looks as though it might work. I had thought my tv had ONLY a digital audio out but there's also a "to audio amp" option that takes RCA cables. That seems to suggest it needs amplification, so I tried connecting it to a small powered speaker that accepts audio aux in via a stereo mini male (so I added an RCA to mini adapter) ... and it has headphone jack out. I'm guessing that it would be best to route nighttime audio through this "to audio amp" output on the tv... since the speaker has volume control etc. I was under the mistaken impression (based on everything I'd read) that there was no analog audio out on this tv -- but I spotted something on CNET that got me thinking it might work ... despite the labeling.
I wonder if any of you have a similarly labeled output jack and if so, do you know whether or not it can be used without passing it through a powered speaker (or amp) first?
I'm happy, since I just ordered the bedroom tv anyway, and figured I'd solve the problem after it arrives. Waiting for a few adapters, but rather than going from the comcast box, I think going out from the TV makes more sense (so I can hear DVDs as well) . My DVD recorder is old and also has no headphone jack and limited audio out options. Lots of ways to plug things IN to these boxes, but not too many ways to get the signal out.
I deliberated briefly about getting the newer model - though I had some reservations as to whether it was an improvement over my current model -- so when last year's model showed up at a great price "new", I bought it. i'm hoping it arrives in good condition, since I do like this TV model and they are few and far between these days. I probably will go the 'powered speaker' route, which also can serve as an ipod charger (like the X1
. If I don't NEED to use the speakers and can just use the RCA - to splitter - to headphone directly, that'd be even better, since it would be one less thing to plug in and glow in the dark. (blue LED on speaker is *bright*) But, anyway you look at it, I think this solves the immediate problem.
Thanks again for your help. Figured I'd post since someone else may be in the same boat and not realize that "to audio amp" might also be a way to use headphones.
ETA - problem reared its ugly head again, when the vendor contacted me to say the older model I ordered was not available (big surprise, they shouldn't have taken the sale), and I could have one of the new models (X1) for the same price. But... that newer one only has a single digital audio out. I cancelled the order. Will have to swap DVD recorders and use the newer model with audio out and HDMI with the TV with no analog audio out and move the older recorder into the living room where headphones aren't necessary. Crazy -- they added the ipod doc so you could HEAR things, but ... to make room they eliminated the audio out port. Seems a little short sighted...
ETA #2 --- well, they shipped it anyway, so now I have a new 32 x1. I could have sent it back but decided it was meant to be -- and actually not too unhappy with it now that I've had to juggle some peripherals. Turned out the ports were all on the far left side and my other tv has ports on the right, so I needed to move a lot around and also get some longer cables. I ended up attaching a Viera panasonic dvd-recorder (EA38) that had two "out" RCA options, as well as HDMI and swapped the older DVD recorder to use on the TV that didnt need headphones. A 2 RCA male to stereo mini adapter connects to a female/female mini extender .... and that accepts the headphones -- since it's being fed by the comcast box and also plays CDs and DVDs, it made more sense to hook the headphones to the DVD rather than the comcast box. Only thing I have to remember is to turn it OFF before a scheduled recording (annoying but do-able). There's a maze of wires that I need to organize, but at least a resolution to the problem of no RCA out or headphone jack on the tv.
thanks again for all your suggestions