How to Connect Wireless Speakers to a Television

by Scott Knickelbine

    Wireless speakers can improve your television's sound output without cluttering up your decor with wires. There are two basics wireless speaker technologies to choose from: those that use a transmitter that connects to your sound system, and newer setups that use Bluetooth. Depending on your television set, you may need an additional adapter cable to pair your speakers with your television.

    Standard Wireless Speakers

    Step 1

    Plug the single end of the Y adapter cable into the audio input on the transmitter, and the double ends into the color-matching audio out jacks on the television. Plug one end of the transmitter's power adapter into the power jack and the other end into a wall outlet.

    Step 2

    Position the speakers within range of the transmitter -- the distance varies by model, so check your speakers' documentation. Turn the volume on both speakers all the way down. Plug the power adapters into the speakers, then into nearby wall outlets.

    Step 3

    Turn the television on and adjust its volume to a normal level. Turn on any power buttons on the transmitter, making sure any power indicator lights are on.

    Step 4

    Raise the volume level on the two speakers to a comfortable level. Adjust the channel selection switch on the rear of the transmitter if you hear static from the speakers.

    Bluetooth Speakers

    Step 1

    Plug in the speakers and put them in discoverable mode. This usually involves pressing and holding a button somewhere on the speaker until an indicator light comes on. Check your speakers' documentation to find the location of this button. Position the speakers within 3 feet of the television.

    Step 2

    Power on the television, then use its menu system to enable Bluetooth and have it search for devices within range. Refer to your television's user manual for specific directions for your model.

    Step 3

    Select the speakers from the menu of discovered devices, then confirm your selection. If necessary, enter your speakers' PIN in the Bluetooth settings on the television; refer to the user documentation for your speakers to find the PIN.

    Step 4

    Adjust the volume on your set to a comfortable level.

    Tips

    • Once your speakers have been paired with your Bluetooth-compatible television, you won't need to do it again -- the television automatically plays through the speakers as long as Bluetooth is turned on.
    • The best position for your wireless speakers is as far apart as possible, pointing toward where you normally sit to watch television. This gives you the most realistic sound separation.

    Warnings

    • If your wireless speakers also run on batteries, use rechargeable batteries, or remove the batteries before plugging the speakers into a wall outlet. Otherwise, the batteries may overcharge and leak, damaging your speakers.

    Required Items

    • Y-cable adapter for transmitter (if applicable)
    • Power adapters for speakers and transmitter
    • Bluetooth-compatible television (for Bluetooth speakers)

    About the Author

    Scott Knickelbine began writing professionally in 1977. He is the author of 34 books and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including "The New York Times," "The Milwaukee Sentinel," "Architecture" and "Video Times." He has written in the fields of education, health, electronics, architecture and construction. Knickelbine received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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