How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

The latest brands and designs of TVs in the market will tempt any buyer to buy a new TV without thinking twice! From the slim flat screens to the frameless or curved ones, there’s no better way to enjoy your Saturday Night Football. However, the compact design leaves manufacturers with little space to fit decent speakers, leaving you with low-quality audio that undermines the high-resolution pictures. 

The only way to resolve this issue is to enhance the audio quality. One great way to do this is by using computer speakers. So, if you have a pair of computer speakers lying around the house, you are almost there !

This post tells you how to use your computer speakers with your TV to enhance the audio quality. 

Hooking Up the Computer Speakers to the TV

All PC speakers come with a 1/8” male jack, which normally plugs into the computer’s 1/8” male jack. There are a couple of ways you can plug the computer speaker’s female jack to your TV, but this will depend on the design of your TV.

Your television may have either of the following:

  1. A 1/8” audio out or
  2. Right and left (red and white) audio out

If your TV has the 1/8” audio out, this will be the easiest way for you! This is because you only need to plug the male end of your PC speakers to the female 1/8” audio out. However, if your TV doesn’t come with the 1/8” audio out, the process is slightly more complicated.

Back of  the computer speakers

A TV without the 1/8” audio out

In case your TV doesn’t have the audio out, you might want to look for something that resembles the red and white out (those found on RCA cables for right and left audio). Now, there are two ways to get your 1/8” computer speaker jack hooked to the right/left audio out, but they are basically the same thing. 

The first option, which is also the easier one, is to get yourself a 3.5mm stereo female or two RCA stereo male Y-cable. From here, follow the steps below the get your speakers connected:

Step 1

  • Hook the 1/8” audio jack from your computer speakers to the female end of the Y-cable.

Step 2

  • Hook the red/white RCA cable ends to the red/white audio-out on your TV.

That is all it takes to get your computer speakers connected. The advantage of going with this setup is that it allows you to control the volume of the computer speakers using your TV’s remote. However, this is only possible on limited brands of the latest TV models.

You’ll also have to determine what the volume baseline of the speakers is. One way to do this is to set the TV volume in the middle then manually turn the PC speaker volume to preferably a medium sound setting. At this point, the two will be synced, allowing you to adjust the volume of your computer speakers using the TV remote. 

Computer workplace

The second option of connecting the speakers will apply if you have a Y-cable with a male end as opposed to a female end. This means you’re using a 1/8” male jack instead of the 1/8” hole. Remember to ensure that it matches the 1/8” jack from your computer speakers. 

In such a situation, you will need a cup-link to let you turn the male end of your Y-cable into a female end. Use the cup-link between the 1/8” PC speaker jack and Y-cable, and repeat the two steps above to connect your speakers to the TV.

Just as mentioned earlier, this method also allows you to manipulate the volume of your speakers using the remote control (it will, nevertheless, depend on the TV you’re using). From here, you can play something on your TV, whether music or a movie, to test your improved audio quality. 

Why Do the Newest TV Models Have Poor Audio Quality?

Lately, this is something that is at the top of the list of complaints for most TV buyers. The thing is, as manufacturers put more emphasis on the compactness/slimness of the TV and features that enable such, the speaker ends up being an afterthought in the overall design.

In essence, there is no way to fit a big speaker in the thin design of current television models, and the smaller the speaker, the lower the sound quality. The latest LCD and LED TV models tend to have speakers that can hardly rival the audio of a cheap laptop.

Another thing is that the speakers are usually positioned on the rear end of the TV, especially with the frameless TV designs. With the speakers facing backwards, it's hard to hear everything coming from the audio when you’re watching a movie or listening to music. 

At the end of the day, you have a slim and compact TV with a neat design, high-resolution pictures but the sound is pretty underwhelming. The only remedy for this is to boost the audio with external speakers, whether using soundbars or the computer speakers we’ve been discussing. 

Remember to Choose the Correct Computer Speakers

If you’re going to buy new speakers to connect with your TV, make sure you don’t settle for the first cheap computer speakers you come across. While many inexpensive models will do the job, you still have to check whether they’ll be the perfect fit for your requirements.

Additionally, be sure to position the speakers in front and not behind the built-in TV speakers for better sound production. You can opt for 5.1 speakers to enjoy the bass from the sub. This will also let you enjoy the surround sound when watching the latest action flicks! 

Android TV

Conclusion

So, the next time you buy a new TV and feel that the audio is not what you expected, be assured that you can still get the kind of audio quality you had in mind! The above post explains how to connect computer speakers to the TV for those who want to enhance the sound production of their TVs.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


A beginner friendly guide on how to fix a blown subwoofer

A BEGINNER FRIENDLY GUIDE ON HOW TO FIX A BLOWN SUBWOOFER

A beginner friendly guide on how to fix a blown subwoofer 

When you realise that your subwoofer has blown shortly after you have purchased it,  it may feel like you got the short end of the stick! This is especially true for a brand new speaker that you just invested in and took the time and effort to set it up. Various factors may cause your speaker to blow and these can include inter alia too much volume or the amplifier clipping to underpowering.

Fortunately, a blown-up speaker does not render it obsolete! So, before you decide to dismantle or discard it, you might want to check whether your subwoofer can be fixed. Below is a simple guide on how to fix a subwoofer that beginners can follow.

How to Fix a Blown Subwoofer

Before you begin restoring your blown speaker, be sure to have the following tools at hand:

  • A screwdriver
  • Soldering iron
  • Air Compressor
  • Multimeter
  • Putty knife
  • Glue

Step 1- Assess the Voice Coil

Before you begin, you might want to examine every part of your subwoofer very carefully! You can start by checking the voice coil to see if it’s blown. The voice coil is a very important component that plays the role of amplifying the current running through the speaker. 

To assess the voice coil, you can use a very simple method which involves a multimeter. 

Step 1

Just connect the speaker terminals to the multimeter and see what happens. If the meter shows any resistance, it means the voice coil is still functioning; however, if there is no movement on the meter, then your coil is probably damaged. 

Step 2- Check the Speaker Cone

If it happens that the voice coil is still in good shape, you might want to move on to the next component, which is the speaker cone. The cone is usually built on a suspension system, so it will be easy for you to assess. 

Try pushing the cone gently along the sides, and do this across the circumference of the speaker. The cone is supposed to sink in and back into place. But if it remains rigid, this is a sure sign that your speaker cone is damaged.

Step 2- Check the Speaker Cone

Step 3- Detach the Speaker from its Frame

Depending on the results you obtained from assessing the voice coil and speaker cone, you’ll now have a good idea of where the problem is. From here it will be much easier to start the restoration process. The first thing you’ll need to do is to separate the speaker from its enclosure.

To do this you need to use the screwdriver from your repair kit. Unscrew the mounting screws that are holding the speaker in place. While doing this also remove all the attached wires but be sure to note where each wire is going for easy re-fit once you have repaired the speaker. 

Note that the wrong placement of the wires might cause the speaker to produce scratchy sound. Also, be sure to store the mounting screws in one place so that you don’t end up misplacing any. If you feel like this is too much work, here you can take a look at this brand new speaker

Step 4- Remove the Speaker Surround

With the speaker completely separated from the frame and its wires detached, you will have to remove the surround from the speaker enclosure. To do this look for a sharp blade, such as a putty knife or tester edge to get through the glue that is binding the surround to the speaker frame.

Remove the surround gently,including all the glue from the frame. Be sure to be extra careful when doing this to avoid puncturing the edges of the frame as these are quite fragile. You don’t want to damage the speaker before you’ve even had a chance to fix it.

Step 5- Remove the Voice Coil and Speaker Cone

The next order of business is to remove both the speaker cone and voice coil. For this, you will need a sharp object just like the putty knife or tester edge you used in the previous step. Remove the voice coil, as well as the speaker cone, slowly from the subwoofer. 

Remember to cut the terminal wires gently and carefully as you take out the coil, cone, and spider. Be sure to keep all other components separately in place.

Step 6- Replacing the Voice Coil

The voice coil is a very essential element in the subwoofer and that’s why it should be prioritized. This is where the actual fixing takes place and you’ll want to prepare a new coil to replace the old one. But before you do this, start by removing any dust particles, dirt, and other debris in the area of the voice coil gap. 

An air compressor should come in quite handy when cleaning the coil. Take the new voice coil and fix it inside the gap; place a fresh spider around it. Apply enough glue to the cone and carefully place it at the center of the new voice coil. 

Let the subwoofer stand for at least 24 hours so that the glue fully dries!

Step 7- Fix the Speaker Frame

Now that the new coil is in place, the next thing you’ll need to do is put back the speaker’s enclosure. To do this, carefully apply some glue around the edges of the surround that will be in contact with the speaker frame. Attach the surround to the edges of the cone and speaker frame.

Once again, you’ll have to allow another 24 hours for the glue to dry completely!

Step 8- Reassemble and Fix Other Parts

The last step is to put all the other components in place so that the speaker is ready to work! Remember the wires we detached in step 3 must now be put back in place. 

Simply take the terminal wires on the new voice coil and attach them to where the old terminals were. Use the soldering iron to ensure that they are held in position. 

Try pushing the cone gently along the sides, and do this across the circumference of the speaker. The cone is supposed to sink in and back into place. But if it remains rigid, this is a sure sign that your speaker cone is damaged.

Step 8- Reassemble and Fix Other Parts

NB: If the new coil doesn’t come with pre-attached wires, try using smaller wires to connect to the terminal wires and punch some tiny holes into the new cone. Push the wires through the holes you’ve created to the coil while using your soldering iron to hold them in place. 

Finally, reattach all the other components separated earlier to their initial position. Fit your subwoofer into its enclosure and tighten it firmly together with the mounting screws. 

Connect your newly fixed subwoofer to the radio and enjoy the high-quality audio!

Conclusion

A subwoofer ensures that you have enough bass in your sound to balance the high-frequency tweeters. However, this will only be possible if it’s in good shape. If you have a blown subwoofer, don’t be keen to throw it away or replace it, it may still be salvageable!

The above guide should help restore your damaged subwoofer and turn it into a functional speaker. Just follow the steps mentioned above to get your subwoofer functioning again. It will save you the money you would have spent on taking it to a technician and it will also improve your DIY skills !!

GOOD LUCK!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide!