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Old 07-29-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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TV audio to overhead stereo spkrs

. have a 2004 Dolphin W/ overhead stereo spkrs. What do I need to power the TV audio thru these speakers? I have tried a wireless gadget that works thru an FM channel on the radio, but not clear of static etc. Any ideas appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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My 2002 Tradewinds uses the FM transmitter to the radio. I think freq 98.3. I get some static, but it's from the wiring to the speakers, not the transmitter. Sometimes you'll get overlap because the transmitter is close to a local radio station's frequency. I'm experiencing that now in Milwaukee.
I'm planning to run new wires to the speakers to solve the static.
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I would like to eliminate the cm deal. So you know what Our news to wire directly to spkrs?
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Interestingly, many new TVs dont have an audio output [other than for head phones]. Guess the assumption is that the audio source will be from the satellite box or the cable box. Many car stereo systems do have RCA jacks for aux audio input--converting from head phones to RCA jacks is a pain. Question here is if you do/did manage to hook up a TV audio ouput to OEM radio speakers, does the TV have enough output power to drive the stereo speakers?????
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Did that on mine, and yes. It uses the stereo amp, plenty of power and sound.

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Interestingly, many new TVs dont have an audio output [other than for head phones]. Guess the assumption is that the audio source will be from the satellite box or the cable box. Many car stereo systems do have RCA jacks for aux audio input--converting from head phones to RCA jacks is a pain. Question here is if you do/did manage to hook up a TV audio ouput to OEM radio speakers, does the TV have enough output power to drive the stereo speakers?????
Actually, that output is what is used these days for audio output to a home theater system or sound bar. There are cables with a single plug on one end and it splits into the usual red and white plugs for the component. Both of my new Samsungs were that way. I ran the front TV to the Sony home theater system so it plays through the 5.1 speaker system. In the rear I added a ZVOX 220. All is good! The adapter cables are widely available. I bought one of mine at Radio shack, and I believe the ZVOX came with all necessary cables.
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OK--you are going from the head phone jack to an amplified application--been there done that....The question here is whether head phone jack on TV will drive non-amplified speakers.....
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Back in the 90's several of the motorhome manufacturers used the overhead speakers for the TV's. The simply installed a selector switch for radio or TV. When I install my new TV in front, I am going to change the speakers to the overhead speakers.
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What is the TV and do you have the Sony DVD/VCR combo? That has the optical sound input so the question is whether the TV has the optical output.
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another opinion

I have a rtd 300 rca home theater with vcr and dvd hookups. In order to use our surround sound on our ceiling I go to the vcr button and put it on AV1, this puts our tv on surround sound. Our dvd automatically gets the sound that way but not the tv. Wishing you luck on getting it to work. We had a tech show us how to use it. We never got it to work till now.
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Alleyman, On our boat, and in the RV for the future, we have a Clarion radio with audio inputs that are RCA jacks. The TV has audio out RCA plugs. The cable runs to the Clarion and by choosing the Aux mode on the Clarion we have TV coming through the stereo speakers. We can adjust the sound, bass, treble etc. through the radio and the sound is great. Cheap surround sound without any additional equipment. Chuck
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Well, yesterday I sprung for an optical cable and ran it from the TV to the Sony DVD/VCR combo. No sound. Since the TV doesn't come with a written manual, I found one on line and apparently the TV only will put audio on the optical out if it is 5.1 surround sound. Not many stations use that. So for now, we are going to try it on our next trip to see if any of the cable channels use the 5.1 and it so, if I can get it to come out the coach sound system.
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Well, yesterday I sprung for an optical cable and ran it from the TV to the Sony DVD/VCR combo. No sound. Since the TV doesn't come with a written manual, I found one on line and apparently the TV only will put audio on the optical out if it is 5.1 surround sound. Not many stations use that. So for now, we are going to try it on our next trip to see if any of the cable channels use the 5.1 and it so, if I can get it to come out the coach sound system.
Some TV sets such as the Samsung 26" that came with my Pace Arrow have the plug for the optical output, but do not have the card or the electronics for what is called through sound.

You might want to google your model # for a manual and or for comments on optical or through sound.
My new 40" Samsung optical outputs sound to the factory (Samsung) Amp and speakers from any channel be it 5.1, Mono, or Stereo
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Not sure mine is the same. I have an optical audio out. This is what my user manual states:

Digital Audio (Optical) Connection

Connecting an AV receiver to the TV via a digital audio (optical) connector lets you listen to digital audio.
  • Connecting a device using an optical cable does not automatically turn off the TV speakers. To turn off the TV's speakers, set TV Sound Output (Sound > Speaker Settings > TV Sound Output) to something other
  • than TV Speaker.
  • Adjust the audio device's volume using its remote control.
  • An unusual noise coming from the audio device while you are using it may indicate a problem with the audio device itself. If this occurs, ask for assistance from the audio device's manufacturer.
  • Digital audio is only available with 5.1-channel broadcasts.

Refer to the diagram and connect the optical cable to the TV's digital audio output connector and the
device's digital audio input connector.

The back of mine is very hard to see, but I did find a photo on line and I "may" have mine plugged in wrong. Will check other output location.
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