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Using Wireless Headphones on TV with NO RCA outputs

Hi guys,

Sorry if this has been covered before, but I have done lots of digging and seem to get mixed opinions.

Basically, I want to set up my wireless headphones with my Samsung LED TV but unfortunately, it has no RCA outputs (only inputs). My headphones do come with a 3.5mm to RCA converter which I can connect to my "audio out" jack, but I've read this can lead to signal issues.

I also understand that I can connect the wireless headphone dock directly to the RCA outputs on my source and use it that way. For example, connecting it to my cable box. The problem with that is, I have multiple sources (cable box AND PS4) so I would be forced to disconnect from one source and plug into the other every time I want to switch the sound source.

So what's the best way I can connect the wireless headphone dock directly to the TV so I can use it with multiple sources without being forced to buy an expensive amp or receiver?

Thanks!

Btw, the two audio related outputs my TV has are "Audio Out" and "Digital Audio Out"
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What is the full model number of the Tv?
Are you connecting the cable box and PS4 both with hdmi?
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What is the full model number of the Tv?
Are you connecting the cable box and PS4 both with hdmi?
UN50EH5000FXZA

And yes, both are connected via HDMI.
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http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/co...02ENG-1022.pdf

It appears your Tv has a 3.5mm analog audio output jack (located right above the optical jack). Have you tried plugging your headphone base station into that using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable?
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Hi guys,

Sorry if this has been covered before, but I have done lots of digging and seem to get mixed opinions.

Basically, I want to set up my wireless headphones with my Samsung LED TV but unfortunately, it has no RCA outputs (only inputs). My headphones do come with a 3.5mm to RCA converter which I can connect to my "audio out" jack, but I've read this can lead to signal issues.

I also understand that I can connect the wireless headphone dock directly to the RCA outputs on my source and use it that way. For example, connecting it to my cable box. The problem with that is, I have multiple sources (cable box AND PS4) so I would be forced to disconnect from one source and plug into the other every time I want to switch the sound source.

So what's the best way I can connect the wireless headphone dock directly to the TV so I can use it with multiple sources without being forced to buy an expensive amp or receiver?

Thanks!

Btw, the two audio related outputs my TV has are "Audio Out" and "Digital Audio Out"
I just use the optical audio output from the TV and a simple digital analog converter, then connect to my wireless headphone base station via RCA/3.5mm cable. It works great and I can listen to all inputs.
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I just use the optical audio output from the TV and a simple digital analog converter, then connect to my wireless headphone base station via RCA/3.5mm cable. It works great and I can listen to all inputs.
Thanks for the advice.

So I have it set up, but how does one control the volume if the headphones themselves don't not have a volume changer? Same goes for adjusting the bass, treble, etc. All sound settings on the tv only apply to TV speakers.....
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Sorry, I should correct this. I'm NOT using the digital out, but actually the 3.5m standard audio out along with a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect to the headphone dock.

Aside from wondering how to adjust volume and sound settings, the quality itself doesn't seem to be that great. Would I be better off using the digital audio out along with a converter? Would that give me better quality?
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Sorry, I should correct this. I'm NOT using the digital out, but actually the 3.5m standard audio out along with a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect to the headphone dock.

Aside from wondering how to adjust volume and sound settings, the quality itself doesn't seem to be that great. Would I be better off using the digital audio out along with a converter? Would that give me better quality?
As a test (to rule out the headphones), connect the headphones directly to the red/white jacks on the back of your cable box. Is that any different quality than going through the Tv?
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As a test (to rule out the headphones), connect the headphones directly to the red/white jacks on the back of your cable box. Is that any different quality than going through the Tv?
Very hard to tell. If there is, it's not obvious.

Using these by the way: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia...&skuId=4219008
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On my older TV (which I no longer have), I used to use my Sennheiser HD 497 and the quality seemed flawless. It's almost like quality standards are moving in the wrong direction or I just can't figure it out.
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You're comparing Sennheiser (a very established headphone company) WIRED headphones to Insignia (off brand Tv manufacturer) WIRELESS ??? That's no contest, like apples to oranges....

If you can't tell the difference between connected to rear of box vs connected to rear of Tv, then it's very doubtful that using optical will help you.
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You're comparing Sennheiser (a very established headphone company) WIRED headphones to Insignia (off brand Tv manufacturer) WIRELESS ??? That's no contest, like apples to oranges....

If you can't tell the difference between connected to rear of box vs connected to rear of Tv, then it's very doubtful that using optical will help you.
So what's my best option then? Buying a receiver with a digital in connection and using that?
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A receiver isn't going to make wireless headphones sound any better (nothing will). Use wired headphones or get some high quality wireless ones.
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A receiver isn't going to make wireless headphones sound any better (nothing will). Use wired headphones or get some high quality wireless ones.
That's just it.

I would love to use wired headphones, but I can't as my TV only has audio out and digital audio out, no headphone jack.
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Then buy a A/V receiver with a headphone jack....

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...d-ready/1.html

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Appreciate the replies, it's just disappointing that I'm forced to drop over $100 just to be able to use headphones with a TV.
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