How to connect your TV to a Hi-Fi
As TVs get thinner, sound quality can often suffer. One way of getting around this is by hooking your TV up to your Hi-Fi, but this isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
If you need help setting up your TV try out our interactive TV connection tool, but if you’re just looking to connect up your Hi-Fi carry on reading.
How to connect your TV to your Hi-Fi
1. Phono cable
If you have an older TV the easiest way to connect it to a Hi-Fi is with a phono cable. This will connect to your TV from an audio out socket and connect to your Hi-Fi with the double stereo end of the cable.
2. Toslink cable
However, newer TVs are now starting to come without phono cables so if you don’t have a phono socket the next thing to check is if you can connect it using a Toslink cable. This is a digital optical cable so may not be compatible with older stereos as it will need a digital optical socket to connect to.
To check if your products are compatible with a Toslink cable, check for sockets that will fit the distinctive squarish end of the cable (shown on the right).
3. Scart lead
If you don’t have a phono socket on your TV and don’t have a Toslink cable on your stereo another option would be to use a Scart lead. This probably won’t give you the best sound source but it is an option if you’re lacking the right connections. You’ll need a Scart to phono adaptor like this one, a Scart lead to attach to the TV and a phono lead to connect the adaptor to the stereo.
4. If you don’t have enough Scart sockets
Newer TVs can sometimes only come with a few Scart leads and if you’ve got other things like DVD players, games consoles and set-top boxes attached you’ll need them for other things. An option here would be to take advantage of an HDMI slot using a Scart to HDMI adaptor (although this will result in quite a few different adaptors piling up behind your TV).
Another option would be to use a Toslink cable from your TV and a phono cable from your stereo, joining them up with a digital to analogue adaptor like this one. This should work although the quality of the sound you get out is not guaranteed.
Do you have a better way on connecting a TV to a Hi-Fi?
These are some of our tips for connecting up your TV to your Hi-Fi but can you do better? And what works best for you? Let us know in the comments below.
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