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Hooking up two-channel speakers (+ woofer) to tv

CheBourgeoisNoirCheBourgeoisNoir Registered User regular
edited September 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm trying to attach an old set of Boston speakers to a 17'' flatscreen, non-HDTV Toshiba; the small picture I can live with but the built-in speakers are so weak I literally can't hear the dialogue in The Wire over, say, my window AC unit at max volume. I have a 5.1 Logitech set for a PC but I think my TV is lacking the needed inputs.

The Boston setup is a main Woofer unit with inputs for power, "Control Out", and "Digital In." One of the two speakers has a blue-ended 7-prong plug that Jacks into the woofer, and the second speaker plugs into the first speaker. That leaves Digital In, which an unmarked cord was provided with an end which plugs into the woofer, with a weird shrouded end, and a seafoam green end with a tip resembling an oversize headphone plug.

The TV itself has inputs for PC audio (no color) and Digital Audio Out (Orange-colored jack resembling a standard red/white/yellow jack). The Seaform Green plug fits in PC Audio but no sound comes out; it doesn't fit in the Digital Audio Out jack. I'm guessing all I need to get is a converter that will fit that Orange Digital Audio Out Jack and the green plug from my speakers? Am I borked trying to fit computer audio speakers to a TV?

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  • Raif SeveranceRaif Severance Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Sounds like you just need an S/PDIF cable to connect to the digital out/in.

    Also, not to offend your TV prowess, but have you adjusted the audio settings on your TV after plugging in the Seafoam green plug? You have to change the setting to let it know you're using external speakers usually.

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  • CheBourgeoisNoirCheBourgeoisNoir Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    No offense taken, I don't know a damn thing about hooking them up :)

    The green plug will only fit into the PC Audio port and nothing happens; tried checking my TV settings like you mentioned but I couldn't find anything at all for changing the audio output to external speakers. Looks like I need a digital audio converter.

    EDIT: I'm looking for a converter for this now and I can't find one. I need a Green Stereo Front Left Male/Right to Orange SPDIF Female but no luck so far. I thought the Green was a 3.5mm but if that's standard iPod / Headphone input size then that's not it, this one is larger

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  • mrbernzmrbernz Registered User regular
    Are you able to take a picture of the ports on the speakers and TV?

  • ZeonZeon Registered User regular
    That PC Audio port is most likely Audio IN. You need to look for the audio out ports. The only one you mention having is the digital audio out. Look in your manual for what ports you should be using. You might not have one. The best solution is usually to get a receiver and run all the audio through that.

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