How to connect headphones to TV without headphone jack?

Audio quality is not the only thing that matters when it comes to headphones. It is equally important to consider the connectivity options that you get with it.

There are times when we might want to connect our audio devices like headphones and speakers to a TV without using the headphone jack. The reason may be anything from a broken port to wire management issues.

Fret not, because, in this article, we are going to explain six different ways to connect your headphones to TV without a headphone jack. Keep reading to find out more.

Method 1: Using RCA to 3.5 mm converter

RCA (Radio Corporation of America) port, named after the organization that standardized it in the 1940s, is probably the oldest interface that is still in use. If you have a wired headphone that has a 3.5 mm jack and nothing else, then this one’s for you.

Step 1: You have to purchase an RCA to 3.5 mm female converter first. It is available online for $5-10.

Step 2: Plug the red and white cables of the RCA connector into the TV.

Step 3: Plug the male 3.5 mm jack of your wired headphones into the female 3.5 mm jack of the RCA to 3.5 mm converter.

Once done, your headphones will be connected to the TV.

*If you are wondering, here is what an RCA to 3.5 mm converter looks like:

Method 2: Using Digital to Analog audio converter

Before we purchase a digital to analog audio converter, it is necessary to understand which port our TV has.

Most probably, it will have some optical audio port like the SPDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface). Optical audio output falls under the category of digital audio interface and the 3.5 mm connector is an analog audio interface which means that we need a digital to analog audio converter. 

If your TV neither has a 3.5 mm jack nor an RCA connector, then you can also use its digital audio output and use a digital to analog audio converter to get RCA or 3.5 mm output. 

The converter will have the Optical/SPDIF connector on one side and an RCA and 3.5 mm male/female port on the other. The converter having female ports comes with a small box-like enclosing, but the way of connecting it remains more or less the same.

Method 3: Using the Bluetooth headphones

Bluetooth is by far the easiest and most convenient way of connecting an audio device (headphones in this case) to the TV wirelessly. Of course, for that, both your TV and the audio device need to support this protocol. So if you are thinking about buying a new headphone or a  TV, make sure it supports Bluetooth connectivity.

If your devices already have Bluetooth support, then it is a breeze to get them connected with each other.

Step 1: Turn on the TV and headphones by pressing the power button.

Step 2: Go to the TV’s Bluetooth settings. You can find this under the connectivity or device settings menu, depending on which TV you are using.

Step 3: Find the Bluetooth headphones by pressing the ‘Pair a new Bluetooth device’ option.

Step 4: Connect to headphones once you have found them.

That’s it. Everything that you play on your TV can be heard from the Bluetooth headphones now. No wires are involved. There will be a slight delay of 5-10 ms, but that is not a significant problem unless you are playing competitive online games.

Method 4: Using Dedicated TV headphones using RF

The next most convenient way to connect headphones to a TV is to use RF headphones. These headphones arrive with a base station that hooks to the 3.5 mm jack or the RCA port of your TV and transmits the audio stream to the wireless headphones using RF communication.

RF has an advantage over Bluetooth in terms of range. RF headphones have a much higher range compared to Bluetooth headphones. But unfortunately, they require a base station to connect.

To use the RF headphones with your TV, plug in the red, white (and yellow) RCA cables of the base station to the back of your TV.

Step 1: Turn on the TV, base station, and headphones.

Step 2: Enjoy the content.

Method 5: Using Media streaming devices

If you do not have a smart TV or your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, there are still ways to connect your headphones to your TV wirelessly. 

You can purchase a media streaming device that not only lets you connect Bluetooth devices to your TV but also makes it smart. What this means is that you can enjoy your favorite shows on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime or use your TV to browse the internet. You can even go as far as controlling the smart home appliances using an assistant like the Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri. The possibilities are endless with smart TVs.

Here is a list of some popular Media streaming devices available online:

  • Amazon Fire TV stick
  • Apple TV 4K
  • Google Chromecast
  • Mi Box
  • Nvidia Shield

There are several devices available in the market. You can pick any of your favorite devices after carefully checking their specifications and features.

Simply plug in the media streaming device to the HDMI port of your TV, and you are ready to connect your headphones wirelessly.

Method 6: Using Gaming consoles

If you are a gamer, the chances are that you already have all the hardware required to stream TV audio wirelessly. Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox are the two popular gaming consoles that can double up as great media streaming devices.

The Playstation indeed connects with some specific Bluetooth devices, and the Xbox completely lacks Bluetooth support, but still, it is possible to connect your headphones wirelessly to them using some workarounds.

Final words

That concludes our list of ways to connect headphones to TV without the headphone jack. After reading the article, hope you found at least one way to connect your headphones to the TV.

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