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post #1 of 17
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I got a new Sharp TV this week, and while the picture is great the speaker in it leaves something to be desired. I'm looking for some kind of speaker that I could plug into the TV and use as a replacement for the built in speakers. I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'd like to keep it around $100. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, obviously. I have a reciever I have my compnents running into....I just want somthing I can set up easily and use the TV's volume controls on rather than the receiver volume.
post #2 of 17
For 100 bills, you won't even get a good soundbar! Maybe some cheap computer speakers, but those won't be controlled by your remote!
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post #4 of 17
What kind of audio output does your tv have?
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

What kind of audio output does your tv have?

The digital output doesn't seem to work with everthing (which also confuses me), so I think I'd have to use the standard red / white connectors. I was thinking that using those would allow me to control the volume of whatever it's connected to. I see some cheap sound bars on Amazon in that price range, but don't want to bother if they don't sound any better than the TV.

I've got the reciver hooked up to the TV box via digital, but I have to control the volume via the reciver. I don't want to set that up to be the default and have to mess with showing the kids how to deal with all that.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by sguthrie View Post

I got a new Sharp TV this week, and while the picture is great the speaker in it leaves something to be desired. I'm looking for some kind of speaker that I could plug into the TV and use as a replacement for the built in speakers. I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'd like to keep it around $100. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, obviously. I have a reciever I have my compnents running into....I just want somthing I can set up easily and use the TV's volume controls on rather than the receiver volume.

Interesting how many people ask for help and can't bring themselves to bother with little details like model numbers of TV's, receivers, speakers, etc.

If you ask generic questions you'll get generic answers like you've been getting. At least one of the generic answers you have received so far probably won't work all the time, so...


Maybe you ought to take your tagline to heart! ;-)
post #8 of 17
Sorry, missed the part where you said you had a receiver already! You could get a pair of Polk m30s for 100 bucks.
I too have to control volume via my receiver...but gave a receiver remote. You could get a universal remote...
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by arnyk View Post

Interesting how many people ask for help and can't bring themselves to bother with little details like model numbers of TV's, receivers, speakers, etc.
If you ask generic questions you'll get generic answers like you've been getting. At least one of the generic answers you have received so far probably won't work all the time, so...
Maybe you ought to take your tagline to heart! ;-)

Sorry, didn't realize that information was pertinent. The TV is a Sharp Aquos LC-60LE600U. I'm not at home so I'd have to check the receiver info later, but I'm looking for something to run directly from the TV rather than going through the receiver.
post #10 of 17
Don't you already have a pair of speakers connected to your receiver? Or are you hoping to set up a second pair of speakers, connected directly to the TV, that would allow you to hear TV audio even when the receiver is turned off?

If your TV does have analog audio outputs then your best option for $100 is a set of small amplified speakers, e.g. from M-Audio, Behringer, etc. You won't get much for $100, but they should at least be better than what's built in to the TV. But before going this route, verify that your TV's analog outs are in fact 'variable' (affected by the TV's volume control). Some TVs have 'fixed' analog outputs (not affected by TV's volume control), intended to be fed to an external receiver or amp with its own volume control.
Edited by skriefal - 1/4/13 at 9:37pm
post #11 of 17
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Don't you already have a pair of speakers connected to your receiver? Or are you hoping to set up a second pair of speakers, connected directly to the receiver, that would allow you to hear TV audio even when the receiver is turned off?

The lattter, except I think you meant "directly ot the TV" rather than "directly to the receiver". Basically I want something that will give a decent sound for whatever is on the TV, be it through our cable box or one of the miriad of video game systems we have. I will have the option to use the recevier if I want, but I don't want to deal with the kids having to switch inputs on the receiver whenever they switch around from between the TV and game systems, so this would kind of be my default option.

I was looking through the documentation yesterday and there is a "variable" setting. I'm just not entirely sure how to turn the built in speakers off yet.....
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by sguthrie View Post

The digital output doesn't seem to work with everthing (which also confuses me), so I think I'd have to use the standard red / white connectors. I was thinking that using those would allow me to control the volume of whatever it's connected to. I see some cheap sound bars on Amazon in that price range, but don't want to bother if they don't sound any better than the TV.
I've got the reciver hooked up to the TV box via digital, but I have to control the volume via the reciver. I don't want to set that up to be the default and have to mess with showing the kids how to deal with all that.

If it has analog rca outs then skip the dac, the speakers i linked will work straight from the tv with an rca cable.
post #13 of 17
JAMO... Panasonic .... Not a ton of other choices.
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Originally Posted by sguthrie View Post

The lattter, except I think you meant "directly ot the TV" rather than "directly to the receiver".

Oops. Yes, I meant to type "directly to the TV".
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I was looking through the documentation yesterday and there is a "variable" setting. I'm just not entirely sure how to turn the built in speakers off yet.....

Great! Then you should be able to do what you were hoping to do. And there should be an option in the menus somewhere to disable the built-in speakers. The variable analog outs would be effectively useless without such an option.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by sguthrie View Post

I was looking through the documentation yesterday and there is a "variable" setting. I'm just not entirely sure how to turn the built in speakers off yet.....
Look under the Option Menu, for Output Select - it should be there.
post #16 of 17
Tigerdirect has the pioner bs22 bookshelf speakers for 89.99 right now, well within your $100 budget
post #17 of 17
Given the way you want to set it up, don't rule out a soundbar.

Turn the built in speakers down to 1 on the volume, it will be like they are off but won't show a "Mute" thing on the screen.

BTW, you might try running the digital or optical out from the TV, so it plays whatever the TV is playing - OTA, game, etc. - to hook up the receiver for when you want to use the real system. That way you get multichannel if it's available.

IMO you're wasting your time and money. Run the out from the TV, when you want real sound turn on the receiver and switch it to TV as the source. For the kids, use the TV speakers.

Sometimes what people do in this situation is get a programmable remote that does all those things, so kids, babysitters, etc. just press one button. If you can find one that doesn't suck, and works with your hardware, that's another option.
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Edited by buzzy_ - 1/5/13 at 7:45am
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