If you’re a frequent traveler, chances are that at some point in your life you’ve found yourself without a headphone jack. While it’s not the end of the world, this can be frustrating if all you want to do is watch TV or listen to music. In today’s blog post I’m going to show you how to connect headphones with no headphone jack to your TV.
In order for me tell you how, we’ll need a little background information first:
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How do Headphones Work?
First off, let’s talk about sound waves – they travel through air as “waveforms.” When these waveforms reach our ear drums, they create vibrations that travel into our ears and then pass through the auditory canal until they reach our eardrums. This is how we are able to hear sound, but it all starts with the vibrations that hit our eardrums.
Why do Headphones Need a Headphone Jack?
Headphones don’t actually plug into your ear like you might think – instead they will have 2 speakers (or “drivers”), one for each ear. It’s these 2 speakers which produce the actual sound waves by moving back and forth at different speeds depending on the audio signal coming through the cord that wraps around them.
As I mentioned earlier, this whole process starts when you turn on your TV or computer monitor, allowing electrons to shoot out of their orbit and onto the screen creating an electrical current which is picked up by wires inside of your and sent along to your headphones.
Why not Use the Speaker?
While it may be tempting to try and listen to your TV through its speakers, this isn’t actually practical for two reasons. Firstly, the sound will come out of both your television’s speakers. Unless you want everyone else in the room with you to hear what you’re listening to, using just one of your TV’s loud speakers would defeat the purpose. Secondly, most TVs aren’t designed to produce enough bass or treble frequencies for them to be heard clearly – therefore it won’t sound that good at all!
How can I hook my headphones up without a headphone jack?
Instead of plugging into your TV like normal, grab yourself a digital-to-alog converter (commonly referred to as a “DAC”). This little device will accept the digital signal coming from your TV or PC monitor (e.g. via an HDMI cable) and then change it into something that headphones can actually use (an analog signal).
The best part about this is that you don’t even need to plug anything into your TV; instead connect all of the required cables into one end of the DAC, then connect another single cord back to your headphones.
How to Connect Headphones to Tv Without Headphone Jack
- First, turn off the television and unplug it from the wall.
- Next, locate a spot on your television where you can plug in your DAC without any of the cords being visible through the venting holes on the back of your TV. Plug all of the necessary cables into this end of your DAC and then run that single cord into a port on the back or side of your TV.
- Now make sure that everything is plugged in correctly and power up your TV! Make sure to turn up both volume controls (on either the remote control or the actual television) as far as they will go before continuing onto connecting headphones to tv without headphone jack .
- Next, connect your amplifier’s input jack to one end of an RCA cable, and then connect each speaker to the other end of the RCA as shown below:
- Finally, connect your headphone jack to the other end of the RCA cable. In this case I’m using a 1/4″ adapter to attach three sets of speakers at once because my amplifier requires it, but if you’re using regular headphones then you can use a smaller 3.5mm adapter instead.
Congratulations – now all that’s left is to plug in your headphones and power up your amplifier!