Help! How to connect stereo headphones to new TV?

03-27-2011, 07:29 PM
#1
Help! How to connect stereo headphones to new TV?

Simple question. Hoping some AV experts around here can help me.

I have a relatively new Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV, and want to sometimes use my headphones with it, which have the standard 3.5mm stereo plugs. But my new TV only has digital audio output! WTF? I assumed all TV's have stereo output, but I guess some newer ones don't? Too late to send it back, plus it's a great TV except for this.

So what can I do? Any cheap solutions?

What would be the best and/or most cost-effective way to be able to listen to this TV's output using headphones? Willing to maybe spend extra $$$ if there's some slick wireless solution, but not too much.

Thanks.,
03-27-2011, 07:34 PM
#2
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I've always hated that there's no Headphone jack on my TV.

Do you not have a home theatre with a receiver? My solution would be to output your TV's sound to your receiver (if you have one) and plug your headphones into that.

It's what I do.

03-27-2011, 08:08 PM
#3
Nope, no receiver or anything. Just plain old basic cable. Actually I don't watch much TV - it's actually for my dad, who I take care of, because he's very old. Just want to have headphones for him, because his hearing is bad.

He used them with the old TV (which went bad).
03-27-2011, 08:18 PM
#4
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I don't think I've seen a TV with a headphone jack since the '80s. Most TV's these days are designed to be plugged into a receiver so I would suggest the cheapest HtiB you can find with a headphone jack. You can also find wireless headphones that plug directly into the optical jack for around $100 if you don't mind spending the cash that's the way to go.

Last edited by Spamcan; 03-27-2011 at 08:21 PM.
03-27-2011, 08:27 PM
#5
Thanks!

Can you please post a link to those wireless optical headphones? I'm not familiar with these things, but maybe that would be a good solution.
03-27-2011, 08:48 PM
#6
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After a quick look on Amazon I can't find anything around the $100 ATM, but any of the following should work. Some of these are made for gaming consoles but as long as they have an digital input they'll work with your TV.

Sony MDR-DS3000 Wireless Digital Surround Headphones

Ear Force X41

Ear Force DPX21

Or you can get a Digital to Analog converter and hook up an RCA to headphone jack cable up to it, it's cheaper but a bit of a convoluted setup compared to a receiver with a headphone jack.

Last edited by Spamcan; 03-27-2011 at 09:03 PM.
03-27-2011, 10:16 PM
#7
Thanks again, Spamcan. I'll look into these.
03-28-2011, 03:48 AM
#8
Well, I suppose you also can turn to panasonic support: http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/
And read this answer: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...9171724AArzPF9
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03-28-2011, 03:57 AM
#9
Most TV's these days are designed to be plugged into a receiver so I would suggest the cheapest HtiB you can find with a headphone jack.
03-28-2011, 06:33 AM
#10
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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I'm surprised your TV doesn't have a headphone jack. I know my Sony does, and my Mother's Toshiba, both relatively new. The both have the connector on a panel on the side of the TV where it is easy to access.

I just picked a random Panasonic plasma from their website to check. The first one had a headphone jack listed as on the side panel.

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_G...trackInfo=true

I just checked another and it said the jack is at the bottom. Some TVs have them hidden under an opening panel. I know some Panasonic TVs have them below the screen. Have you tried there?