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gunny10's Avatar gunny10 12:11 PM 04-19-2013
I want to connect a soundbar to my TV and want to use a wireless headphone with it for late night viewing. I don't want to get an AV receiver so I'm looking for a soundbar that has a headphone jack out on it. Does anyone know of one? I would like to stay under $300

thanks!

Doctego's Avatar Doctego 02:56 PM 04-19-2013
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I want to connect a soundbar to my TV and want to use a wireless headphone with it for late night viewing. I don't want to get an AV receiver so I'm looking for a soundbar that has a headphone jack out on it. Does anyone know of one? I would like to stay under $300

thanks!

Does your TV have a headphone jack? If so, you can just bypass the soundbar and use that. For my soundbar (HW-E450), I just hit 1 button on the remote to switch to TV SPEAKERS. From there, you could use wireless headphones. This should open up some options for you.
gunny10's Avatar gunny10 03:09 PM 04-19-2013
No my TV does not have a headphone jack. If it did I would have an easier time finding a soundbar smile.gif
Doctego's Avatar Doctego 03:15 PM 04-19-2013
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No my TV does not have a headphone jack. If it did I would have an easier time finding a soundbar smile.gif

OK. Do you already have the headphones or will you be buying them when you get the soundbar?
gunny10's Avatar gunny10 03:17 PM 04-19-2013
already have a nice pair of Sennheisers
Doctego's Avatar Doctego 03:20 PM 04-19-2013
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already have a nice pair of Sennheisers

OK. We're getting the information slowly. Does your TV have RCA audio out? The plugs will be red and white.
gunny10's Avatar gunny10 03:25 PM 04-19-2013
The model I have is an LG LM6200. It does have RCA (composite) jacks but they are tied to a DVD or the like and did not think they work as a stand alone audio out. My only audio out is optical.
Doctego's Avatar Doctego 03:51 PM 04-19-2013
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The model I have is an LG LM6200. It does have RCA (composite) jacks but they are tied to a DVD or the like and did not think they work as a stand alone audio out. My only audio out is optical.

Your DVD player would be connected to an input so that wouldn't help. Oh well. I was just trying to improve your options as I haven't see a soundbar with a headphone jack. I never had to look,. though.
Possumgirl's Avatar Possumgirl 04:10 PM 04-19-2013
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already have a nice pair of Sennheisers

How do you connect the headphones now?

I don't recall ever hearing about a soundbar with headphone out jack. Doesn't mean such an animal doesn't exist, but will probably be difficult to find unless someone comes by here that knows about one.
gunny10's Avatar gunny10 04:17 PM 04-19-2013
The wireless headphones were used with my computer and not with this or any other TV. I have the LG TV in my bedroom and I'm looking for better sound with the option to use my headphones. I have searched and could not find much in my price range and I was hoping someone on this board would know of one.
davozi's Avatar davozi 12:05 AM 04-20-2013
I have the same problem with my LG 7600 what you will need is a optical digital lead from your tv into a digital to analogue audio converter
bought mine Jaycar Electronics, Digitech converter cost $59.95 and the optic lead $14.95 for 2 metres
nr5667's Avatar nr5667 12:11 AM 04-21-2013
Why not just buy a stereo receiver and a pair of speakers? It'll cost about the same as a sound bar, and receivers have headphone jacks. I appreciate your desire for a minimalist and space saving solution (I have a sound bar myself), but I don't see the need for a complicated and costly work around when you could put that money towards better sound.

As an alternative, if your T.V has variable audio out, you could just buy some computer speakers, those usually have a headphone jack, and it'll be quite an improvement over your T.V speakers (people might blather about "near field" listening, but most computer speakers are the same size as sound bar speakers, anyway).
bigtotoro's Avatar bigtotoro 08:00 PM 06-27-2014
I'm also looking for a soundbar with a headphone output. It's not for a home theater, but rather for a PC. My desk is crowded with 2 very large monitors and the only size of speaker I could possibly use is short and flat (so sound can come under the monitor bezels). I'd like to connect the soundbar via optical out from my PC. The only problem is that I will sometimes want to use headphones, and my PC is under the desk and hard to reach. Ideally I'd just plug into the front of the soundbar, but I can't seem to find such a creature. The only thing I've seen is crappy monitor attachments which are specific to a monitor model, or soundbars with 3.5mm INPUTS. Please help!
Sam Dav's Avatar Sam Dav 10:49 AM 07-02-2014
They finally made it. Soundbar with audio jack out. yamaha ysp-2500
http://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/aud..._g/?mode=model
bigtotoro's Avatar bigtotoro 11:23 PM 07-02-2014
Awesome find!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this!
Sam Dav's Avatar Sam Dav 01:55 AM 07-03-2014
You are welcome. One question. Since these are Bluetooth enabled, is it possible to use a Bluetooth headphone instead of audio jack out?
drmax's Avatar drmax 06:43 AM 11-01-2014
What did you figure out? I don't want another receiver sitting anywhere, for headset. I also want wireless headsets for my living room. Why does it seem when I look for something, it has not been invented? I'm not the only one that wants to watch tv and not bother anyone. This has got to be wireless, btw,
headphone help 11:42 AM 01-30-2015
So - I've discovered that while the Yamaha YSP-2500 does have a headphone jack, if you plug headphones into it, the soundbar speakers are automatically muted. There is not an option to have both active.

I live in a home with one person that is somewhat hard of hearing. The rest of the people that watch TV want to be able to hear through speakers that are better than those built into TVs nowadays . (I recognize that the more common reason for headphones is to mute speakers for private viewing so as not to disturb others) Given the number of baby boomers that listened to much too lots of rock and roll way too loudly in their youth, I am betting this is a pretty common issue. Remarkably - this has proven a very challenging thing to solve. My Sony TV has a headphone jack in it, and it does allow me to simultaneously keep the TV speakers and Headphone jack active. But the moment I send the sound externally to a Soundbar, the headphone jack goes silent. (Yes - I've verified this as designed by Sony).

This seems to me the most obvious application in the world, but so far, I've been unable to solve it - and just struck out again with this Yamaha soundbar.

I suppose some kind of HDMI splitter might work, but there has to be some way other than a mad scientist experiment (meaning off the shelf product) that will do this. Am I missing something - any ideas?
DacSac 04:46 PM 02-28-2015
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So - I've discovered that while the Yamaha YSP-2500 does have a headphone jack, if you plug headphones into it, the soundbar speakers are automatically muted. There is not an option to have both active.

I live in a home with one person that is somewhat hard of hearing. The rest of the people that watch TV want to be able to hear through speakers that are better than those built into TVs nowadays . (I recognize that the more common reason for headphones is to mute speakers for private viewing so as not to disturb others) Given the number of baby boomers that listened to much too lots of rock and roll way too loudly in their youth, I am betting this is a pretty common issue. Remarkably - this has proven a very challenging thing to solve. My Sony TV has a headphone jack in it, and it does allow me to simultaneously keep the TV speakers and Headphone jack active. But the moment I send the sound externally to a Soundbar, the headphone jack goes silent. (Yes - I've verified this as designed by Sony).


This seems to me the most obvious application in the world, but so far, I've been unable to solve it - and just struck out again with this Yamaha soundbar.

I suppose some kind of HDMI splitter might work, but there has to be some way other than a mad scientist experiment (meaning off the shelf product) that will do this. Am I missing something - any ideas?
Not sure how this would work for you but I use AGtek Analaog RCA to Digital ,optical audio TOSLINK Outputs Cable Converter Adapter. I can listen to the TV through my headset without affecting TV speaker volume.. No soundbar here.
DacSac 04:47 PM 02-28-2015
Correction: AGPtek
marktime1 05:14 AM 09-18-2015
What worked for me with a Samsung 40" UE40H5570SS connected to a Samsung HW-J450 (Europe) Soundbar was employing the recommended HDMI (ARC) connection set-up and as the TV speakers are thus disconnected, plugging a headphone jack into the TV socket doesn't affect the Soundbar so I can have both headphones and Soundbar live.

I can control Soundbar volume (TV ARC mode) with the remote and headphone volume independently with the headphone vol. control.

This solution comes to you sweat-free, I've done it for you .
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