Article ID : 00049878 / Last Modified : 04/19/2019

How to get sound from your TV speakers and headphones at the same time

Applicable Products and Categories of This Article

The audio output on some TVs disables the TV speakers after you connect your headphones. However, you can adjust the setting on your TV to hear sound from both, if the source device (cable box, satellite receiver, or Blu-ray Disc™ player) has multiple audio outputs.

Note:

  • This is a basic connection with wireless or wired headphones. If you use a device that shows a different connection, check your device manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
  • Some TV models can't output sound from both the headphones and the TV speakers at the same time. Check your device manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page. .

Connect the devices

  1. Make sure the source device has multiple outputs.

  2. Connect the source device to your TV.
    • Use an HDMI® connection for the best image and audio quality.
  3. On the back of the source device, connect one end of the audio cable to the AUDIO OUT jack.

  4. On the back of the transmitter of the headphones, connect the other end of the audio cable to the AUDIO IN jack.

    Note:

    • The input terminal label varies depending on the RF headphone model. Check your manual for model-specific information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.
    • Wireless headphones generally require a power connection. Check your manual to determine if it requires batteries or AC power connection.
    • Some headphones require a stereo mini plug connection instead of the common red and white composite connection. You may purchase it at most electronic retailers if it didn't come with your unit.

      Stereo Mini Plug

  5. Turn on your TV and set it to the input used in step 2.

Adjust the TV setting

Older TV models don't come with the 3.5mm headphone output jack, so they don't have the Headphone speaker link option in the menu. For these TVs, the option for audio output would either be TV Speakers or Audio System.

  • Android TV™ models

    1. On the remote control, press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Under the TV category, select Sound.
    4. Select Headphone/Audio out.
    5. Select Audio out(Fixed).
    6. On the remote control, press the BACK button.
    7. Select Headphone speaker link.
      • If you can't find the Headphone speaker link setting, select Audio to both TV speakers & other device to enable it.
    8. Select Speakers on.
  •  Other TVs 

    1. On the remote control, press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select Preferences.
    4. Select Setup.
    5. Select AV Setup.
    6. Select Headphone/Audio out.
    7. Select Audio out.
    8. Select the BACK or RETURN button to go back to AV Setup.
    9. Select Audio out.
    10. Select Fixed.

Related Info