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post #1 of 11
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I'll explain my setup, then explain my problem. I have an old 42" Westinghouse LCD tv in my home office. The speakers on this thing are absolutely horrible. I also have a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers just sitting in my closet going unused. The TV has composite (red+white) audio out jacks and with an adapter I could hook my Klipsch speakers up to the TV no problem. The issue however is that I would have no way to control the volume. Once I tell the Westinghouse TV that I'm using external speakers, it disables the volume control on the TV. I'm trying to figure out a way to use these speakers without a receiver (don't have room for one in my office) and still be able to control the volume remotely. The only device I have hooked up to the tv is my 2nd gen AppleTV which does have an optical out if that helps. Does anyone know of a device that would allow me to control these speakers remotely? I figure it would have to be something to either connect between the speakers and the audio out of the TV, or perhaps between the optical out of the AppleTV and the speakers if I want to hook them up directly that way. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
If your LCD has a headphone out, connect this to the input of the Klipsch with a mini jack cable. You can use the remote for the tv to control the volume.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
No headphone out, just the red+white audio out.
post #4 of 11
How about this? Lepai 4x45W Mini Amplifier with Remote

It has L+R analogue inputs and outputs, and a remote. And it's only $39.

-- Edit --
I noticed that the line-level output was described as "pass-through", so I did a bit of reading and it appears that it is fixed (level in = level out) and not volume-control variable. Bummer.
post #5 of 11
Yeah, you're going to need some sort of amplifier with a volume control. This page has a few candidates, some quite small, from 200 bucks to, well, a whole lot more: http://www.audioadvisor.com/products.asp?dept=9
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by fndngemo View Post

I'll explain my setup, then explain my problem. I have an old 42" Westinghouse LCD tv in my home office. The speakers on this thing are absolutely horrible. I also have a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers just sitting in my closet going unused. The TV has composite (red+white) audio out jacks and with an adapter I could hook my Klipsch speakers up to the TV no problem. The issue however is that I would have no way to control the volume. Once I tell the Westinghouse TV that I'm using external speakers, it disables the volume control on the TV. I'm trying to figure out a way to use these speakers without a receiver (don't have room for one in my office) and still be able to control the volume remotely. The only device I have hooked up to the tv is my 2nd gen AppleTV which does have an optical out if that helps. Does anyone know of a device that would allow me to control these speakers remotely? I figure it would have to be something to either connect between the speakers and the audio out of the TV, or perhaps between the optical out of the AppleTV and the speakers if I want to hook them up directly that way. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Have you tried hooking up the 2.1 to the tv using the Red/White adapter and it did not work ??... or are you just assuming it wont work?
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

How about this? Lepai 4x45W Mini Amplifier with Remote

It has L+R analogue inputs and outputs, and a remote. And it's only $39.

-- Edit --
I noticed that the line-level output was described as "pass-through", so I did a bit of reading and it appears that it is fixed (level in = level out) and not volume-control variable. Bummer.


The remote on this little amp would allow for volume adjustments but I think a better solution may be to buy a cheap used receiver with remote. This way you be more likely to control the receiver volume with a cable box, tv or universal remote. I would not want to have to find an amps special remote every time I had to adjust the volume.
post #8 of 11
you can do what eljaycanuck suggested or couldn't the OP connect the 2 satellites to the back of the sub to power them and with a "Y" connector from the headphone out of the speakers split a composite cable to the TV? On the side of one of the sat there's 2 type of connection, one is headphone but I don't know what the other one is.
post #9 of 11
Are those POWERED speakers or passive speakers?

If they are passive, you need an amplifier of course.

If you are interested in a like-new Cambridge Audio 340A for a modest amount, I could help with that so send a PM.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

Are those POWERED speakers or passive speakers?

If they are passive, you need an amplifier of course.

If you are interested in a like-new Cambridge Audio 340A for a modest amount, I could help with that so send a PM.

In essence they are passive BUT they are powered by the onbord amp of the sub so there lies the problem the OP will have. The headphone jack on the side of the speaker is for "out" only as that will not work from the tv as well.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by skally View Post

...The headphone jack on the side of the speaker is for "out" only as that will not work from the tv as well.

well then, OP, disregard my option
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