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can I plug speakers into a headphone jack?

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#1 RB_Kandy


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 02:31 PM

I have a Altec Lansing ATP3 speaker system I want to plug into my LCD TV. Problem is My TV only has digital audio out (won't fit my 3.5mm analogue jack) and a headphone jack.

Can I plug the speakers into the headphone jack? These are self powered speakers (built in amplifier & plugs into AC outlet). Here are the specks for the speakers: https://www.cnet.com/products/altec-lansing-atp3-speaker-system-for-pc-wired-series/specs/

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:12 AM

I don't see why not. I just hooked up my computer speakers to my TV, no problem. On my Vizio I can go to the audio menu and disable the TV speakers, you may want to do that. What model of TV is this, by the way?

In the end your TV doesn't care where the signal from the headphone jack goes, likewise your speaker's 3.5mm jack isn't concerned where that signal originated. Let me know how this went.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 11:37 AM

Yes it should work

I mean as long as its still 3.5mm jack it should be fine but by any chance its a 6.35 mm jack there are always adapters

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

Yes it should work

I mean as long as its still 3.5mm jack it should be fine but by any chance its a 6.35 mm jack there are always adapters

Agree. if it's 3.5mm jack, it should work.

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 05:47 PM

Yes it will work, thats what I did.


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Posted 29 July 2018 - 04:43 PM

It's how my own set-up works.


I have a Goodman's powered speaker system with sub-woofer, originally designed for use with MP3 players. The 40W amp's built-in to the subwoofer. Mains lead, speaker leads, and a 1.5 metre lead with a 3.5 mm jack plug all come out from the back, which is also where the power switch is located. On/off, volume, and sub-bass controls are situated on the front, and the whole thing sits under my bed to one side, with the sub firing back at the wall.


So nowadays, it's plugged into the rear headphone socket on the desktop, via a 3-metre extension lead. It's been working fine like that for at least 5 years & counting.....


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