I've always owned budget TV's, and this new RCA that I purchased is no exception. But with that said, I have very little experience with the various audio ins and outs. My last TV, and this one, have very limited audio options. I dealt with it on my last TV because the built-in speakers were semi-decent, and although the picture is immensely better on this new one, I cannot say the same about the built-in speakers.
So on to the point - This RCA television has no optical audio out. The only connections it does have, are:
2x HDMI, which are being used up by a Wii U, and an Apple TV
1x USB, Presumably for thumb drives, but may be a possible solution for USB speakers IF they provide power?
1x Headphone Jack (according to the manual at least, I haven't personally spotted it on the TV yet)
1x Component, which are being used for our cable box
My confusion lies in that I don't know which is the best option here. The easiest route would be for me to connect a decent set of speakers into the headphone jack, but that would mean that I'd be standing up to adjust the volume every time, right?
I'm just not sure which options I have. I wouldn't mind spending an extra $50 or so bucks to get a nice setup, but that's pretty much all we can afford right now.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If you haven't already, you might check a local thrift-store. They sometimes have audio systems for cheap.
I found the manual for your TV.
The headphone out is to the left of to the Antenna/Cable connector.
The TV does have a digital output, but it uses an RCA coax, unlike most TVs. It's in between the headphone jack and the antenna/cable coax connector.
At your price point, a pair of computer speakers driven from the headphone jack probably would be the best choice. Make sure they have built-in amplifiers. Some don't.
Thank you very much for taking the time to help me out.
A quick follow-up:
If I were to, say, increase my budget for a better audio system in due time, would something like this work? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AMTAV7Q/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1SSY2H4BH2MXC
Or are there better options in the $100-$200 range, in your experience?
Still looking for some help on solutions if anyone has a spare moment.
The reviews on the item I linked above seem to be fairly good, but I'd much prefer to get some feedback from AVS members.
At that price, though, (~$250) you might be able to get a surround-sound HTiB (Home Theater in a Box) system. Having speakers in the rear or sides of the room can make a noticeable improvement in the experience.
You'll probably get some better answers from experienced soundbar and HTiB users if you were to ask the question in the AVS sub-forums
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