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Old 03-02-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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TV headphones??

Has anyone figured out if it is possible to use headphones plugged into the TV? We have two TV's in the living area of our motorhome, while wife is watching the big screen, I'd like to watch the small screen, but different shows. I'm sure I can plug in a set of head phones, but I believe that will permanently mute the TV unless they are unplugged. I would have to leave the head phones plugged in since the back of the TV is not readily accessible to plug in and unplug at a moments notice. Also, is there a switch or something else available that could allow the sound to be switched from headphones to TV speakers as needed.

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thank you, obviously I'm not an audio tech.....but I can research the wireless headphones for my use in the motorhome. Thank you Lori.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:47 AM   #4
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The Roku internet-TV box has a headset that plugs into the remote control. Would be perfect for you. I don't know if anyone makes a universal remote with that feature, but you might search for one.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:34 AM   #5
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See if there is an audio out jack on the back of the tv. If so you can use that and possibly turn it down very low while driving a wireless headset that has a separate volume control. The jack I am suggesting would be to drive a separate audio amp such as a surround sound system.
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I don't think that you'll be very happy using wired headphones. I use Sony MDRRF985RK headphones Amazon.com : Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless RF Headphone, Black : Electronics . If you are watching TV through a satellite receiver, they have audio out jacks that you can tie into with the headphones and you'll have control of the audio on both the TV and the headphones separately. That's how I tie the headphones into our front TV. Another option if your TV mutes the speakers when the headphones are plugged in is to buy a "Y" cable that has two outputs and plug that into the TV jack and then the headphones into one side of the "Y" cable and external speakers to the other side. If you use powered external speakers then you can control the volume on them. Although some will say that the TV headphone jack impedance and drive is wrong for the external speakers, it's been working just fine. So that's what I've been using on our RV bedroom TV. I'm hard of hearing and this set-up works well for us. Good luck.
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I have a set of these in our house and in the MH. Have them plugged into the Audio Out Jack on the TV an leave them plugged in. Must have a 110V outlet handy to plug the charger into. (Rechargeable Batteries)
They work really well. When wearing the phones, just turn on the switch on the phones and you can have the sound on the TV turned up, down or off. Makes no difference to the phones. Perfect for old Deaf Guys.

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Depends on the TV and a few other things... But with many modern TV's there is indeed a headphone jack on the back.

IF there is you have options as follows:
Headphones with long leads
Extension lead (Radio shack used to sell, I have one)
I/R or other Wireless (plug in the transmitter and wear the battery operated headphone)

I do not recommend blue tooth as that injects considerable delay.

If the TV does not have a headphone jack (my main one does not) but has A/V out, you may be able to tap in there and feed an external amp. Some times the A/V out is independent of the volume control,, sometimes it's not.
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If it turns out that you have fixed output audio jacks (red & white OR unused red white & yellow leaving the yellow open) on the back of the set...you can plug into them with an adapter and use headphones with a volume control or plug into a wireless setup. My experience is that the vast majority of sets cut off volume one you plug into their headphone jack
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Never use the headset jack on my TV so can't comment, but thought I would mention that the Vizio TV does have a setting for the TV speakers to be on or off. I use the remote to access the settings and search under "audio." I keep it turned off because I use a separate sound bar. All this is in my SB home. I think most newer TVs will have a setting like this. Very simple to change if you want to hear the sound through the TV speakers. And I agree about the wireless. I think a cord running from the TV to the headset is going to get in the way a lot. Good luck.
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We use the TV Ears works great the wife can watch her soaps on one TV and I can watch sports on other the ears work when the volume is turned right down
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The headphone jack may be moved to the front/side of the TV, even if you must install a bracket on the front for the jack. OR, you might find a headphone extension cable and leave just enough out front to handle.

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