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How To Connect Headphones To TV without Headphone Jack

As TVs get thinner and thinner, the need for a headphone jack becomes less and less important. In modern TVs, you won’t find a headphone jack because they use the latest technologies like HDMI and Bluetooth. Even without a headphone jack/socket, you can still connect your headphones to the TV.

Headphone jacks are 3.5mm AUX jacks that are not popular today for audio delivery because they cannot provide surround sound and high-definition audio. However, they are popular and widely used by many devices. This is the same type of jack used in smartphones and tablets.

Modern TVs feature other outputs that allow you to connect external sound systems and hear more powerful sound and bass than what comes with the built-in speakers. But you cannot directly connect headphones to the TV via any audio output without a headphone jack. 

Luckily, there are a few ways to connect headphones to a TV without using the headphone jack. In this blog post, I will tell you how to connect headphones to a TV without the headphone jack. 

So, let’s get started without further ado!

How To Connect Headphones To TV Without Headphone Jack

Your headphones use an analog audio jack, such as a 3.5mm or 1/4 inch. What if your TV doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack and you want to use your headphones. In this case, you have to use a Digital to Analog Audio Converter, which is a bit more expensive than an adapter.

Get an Adapter or Converter: If your TV does not include a headphone jack, you will need an adapter to connect your headphones to the audio output it provides. Find out what types of audio output your TV supports for this – look at its specifications or look at the back of the set.

While RCA audio output is becoming less common, it still works perfectly if your TV has it. Like a standard pair of headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack, RCA audio is analog. You can simply buy an RCA-to-3.5mm adapter and connect a pair of headphones to the back of your TV using it.

Here’s how to connect headphones to a TV without a headphone jack:

  • First of all, you need to turn off the TV and then unplug it from the wall.
  • Afterward, you need to locate a place on your television where you can place your DAC without any of the cords being visible the venting holes on the back of your TV. 
  • Now connect all the cables you need to your DAC using this end, and then run that cord through a port on the back or side of your TV.
  • Make sure all the plugs are properly connected and then power up your TV. Before connecting headphones to a television without a headphone jack, make sure to turn up both volume controls (on the remote control or the TV) as far as they will go.
  • Then connect the RCA cable to the input jack of your amplifier, and then each speaker to the other end of the cable.
  • Finally, connect the other end of the RCA cable to the headphone jack. 

Note: In this case, my amplifier requires the 1/4′′ adapter in order to connect three sets of speakers at once, but you can use a smaller 3.5mm adapter if you’re using regular headphones.


How Can I Tell If My TV Has Bluetooth?

There are a few ways to tell if your TV has Bluetooth. Modern smart TVs come with Bluetooth built-in as a standard feature. But, if you are unsure, or if your television is older, you can review the manual or the manufacturer’s website, which will also have a list of models and specifications.

Also, if you know the model number, you can search for it on websites like, which has a smart TV model database. You can also check the specs of your TV online or contact the manufacturer to see if it has Bluetooth capabilities.

Another option if you are unable to find your smart TV’s model number is to check its settings menu. You can usually find Bluetooth under the Connectivity settings. 

Can You Still Use Bluetooth Headphones With A TV That Doesn’t Have A Headphone Jack?

Yes, you can still use Bluetooth headphones with a TV that doesn’t have a headphone jack. You’ll need to use either an adapter or a Bluetooth transmitter. An adapter is a small device that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack on your TV and converts it to a Bluetooth signal. This is the easiest solution.

If your TV doesn’t have a headphone jack, you’ll need to use a Bluetooth transmitter. A Bluetooth transmitter is a small device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and broadcasts a Bluetooth signal. This is the more expensive option, but it will work with any TV. There are quite a few different Bluetooth audio transmitters on the market, so it really depends on your budget and what kind of features you’re looking for.

What Are Your Options If You Want To Connect Headphones To Your TV?

There are a few different ways to do this, depending on the type of TV you have. If you have a newer TV with an HDMI port, you can use an HDMI cable to connect the headphones directly to the TV. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can use a 3.5mm audio cable to connect the headphones to the TV’s headphone jack.

If your TV doesn’t have a headphone jack, you can buy a special adapter that will convert the 3.5mm audio cable into a RCA-style connector that will fit into the TV’s audio input jack. An optical audio cable will provide better sound quality than a standard 3.5mm audio cable, but it may be more expensive.

What Are The Benefits Of Connecting Headphones To Your TV?

Many people find that connecting headphones to their TV helps them focus on the program they’re watching. The headphones can help to block out other noises in the environment, such as from people talking in the room or traffic outside. You can use this when you are watching a suspenseful or dramatic show and don’t want to be distracted by noises outside.

Additionally, you will find that listening to the TV through headphones makes the audio sound better. Because when you’re in the same room as others and watching TV, everyone’s conversation drowns out the sound. But when you’re listening through headphones, you can turn up the volume so that it’s just loud enough without being too loud.


As you can see above, I’ve explained how to connect headphones to a TV without a headphone jack. I hope you have now successfully connected your headphones to the TV without a headphone.

The setup process is quite straightforward and easy. As for adapters, you will find them to be highly affordable, so you won’t have to fret about breaking the bank. 

However, there isn’t a way to get audio both from the TV’s inbuilt speakers and the headset at the same time.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions about this topic in the comment box below.

Thanks for reading!

Yuvraj kore

Welcome to our blog! My name is Yuvraj Kore, and I am a blogger who has been exploring the world of blogging since 2017. It all started back in 2014 when I attended a digital marketing program at college and learned about the intriguing world of blogging.

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