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(TV = LG 47LK520)

Guys, we have some old speakers that uses "wires".

The old audio speakers that we have.. have two "clips" where you need to "feed" two wires.. The "clips" are colored red and black.

I have NO idea what those wires are specifically called.

Are there ways on how we could use those old speakers and hook it up to the TV? I only saw "composite ins", "component", "VGA/RGB", "HDMIs", "3.5 mm audio Out [headphones], "spdif" and a "USB port".

Also, can those old speakers be used as "universal" speakers? How can our 47LK520 use those old speakers (instead of the internal, built in from the TV) for ALL of the inputs?

e.g. HDMI, component, composite will use the old analogue speakers regardless.

Think it's possible? frown.gif
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i think if you get a receiver you could hook up the speakers and then use your tvs optical connection (spdif).

something like this i think... would need someone to confirm

receiver.jpg
Edited by leighteam - 7/20/11 at 12:40am
post #3 of 20
sounds like you need an amplifier/receiver
your tv should have an optical audio output direct from the tv. all your devices plugged into the tv via hdmi, component etc. will output audio over that cable to your amp/receiver. that's the most foolproof method to get sound from your tv

most modern amps/receivers have built-in switches for home theatre components.
hdmi, composite, component etc. my current setup has one hdmi cable going to the tv with all my components hooked up to the receiver.

according to your tv model, you can output audio over the headphone jack or optical audio to a receiver

hope that helps smile.gif
Edited by eh_uh_um - 7/20/11 at 12:40am
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You will usually need to get a basic amplifier.

Then you can connect your speakers to the amp. Then from there you can use some of these (RCA cables, I think): cables-to-use-2.jpg

.... which should go into your TV. I'm not much of an audio/visual guru at all, so please correct me if there is an easier method! biggrin.gif
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Ouch so I'd need to get a receiver first? Might as well get an SPDIF speaker system then?

(assuming that it will act as a "universal" sound output from all the connections like HDMI, component, compsoite, etc.)

@tedman:

What's a basic amplifier? I am so noob at this xD
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tubers;14278945 
Ouch so I'd need to get a receiver first? Might as well get an SPDIF speaker system then?

(assuming that it will act as a "universal" sound output from all the connections like HDMI, component, compsoite, etc.)

@tedman:

What's a basic amplifier? I am so noob at this xD

Just some standard hifi amp. I got a 10 year old Kenwood from Ebay for £15 ($20-25 USD).

Works fine and its all I need smile.gif
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Just some standard hifi amp. I got a 10 year old Kenwood from Ebay for £15 ($20-25 USD).

Works fine and its all I need smile.gif

Can you post a product page please? I really don't know what I should be looking out for?

Anything from BestBuy, Amazon or Newegg? It doesn't necessarily have to be just 25 bucks.
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Something like this

You seem to call them Receivers in the US.
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Originally Posted by tedman;14286506 
Something like this

You seem to call them Receivers in the US.

Hmm.. thanks..
I still don't really get it though.

How do I use that receiver.. to output everything? from composites to HDMI connections?
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The back of your TV should have an "Audio Out" composite or component. That is what will connect the TV to the receiver.

If you give the TV's make/model, that would help find a picture somewhere. [Or you can take a pic and post it]

You could also go through the headphone jack with a 3.5mm to RCA Y-adapter.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882196066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882196069
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Hmm.. thanks..
I still don't really get it though.

How do I use that receiver.. to output everything? from composites to HDMI connections?

The easiest is to have everything run into the TV, then run the TV output to the reciever.
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