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Recent purchase of RCA LED46C45RQ televion left me a bit confused (Regarding audio)

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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


1x A/V



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.

post #2 of 5
Sorry: the USB connection is "input" only, for use with storage devices like a USB thumb drive or hard-disk. It can't be used to drive speakers.

If you haven't already, you might check a local thrift-store. They sometimes have audio systems for cheap.

Major edit:
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.
Edited by Selden Ball - 1/5/14 at 7:21am
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

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?



Thanks again!

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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.

post #5 of 5
I've never used a soundbar, myself. Its sound will be noticeably better than what the TV provides, primarily because it has a separate (mis-named) "subwoofer" to provide much lower frequencies than can be provided by the TV speakers.

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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