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My deaf father has been recommended to use headphones when watching TV. However, when his stereo headphones are plugged into the headphone jack socket, the internal speakers of his Sony KDLS32A12 are muted so no one else can listen at the same time! Is there a way the headphones can be connected to other sockets so that the internal sound isn't muted? Any suggestions will be gratefully received. Thanks.

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  • jillywebba Nov 13, 2009

    Thanks for this Dan

    The model number for the Sony TV is: KDLS32A12U (as stamped on the back of the set). However, we would like to use an existing stereo headset, rather than purchasing a new adaptive system as you describe.

    The TV set has audio output, both phono and SCART sockets. I already have a 3.5 mm jack to 2x phono cables (which is no good to me as I can't plug in the headphones) but cannot source a 3.5 mm SOCKET to 2x phono cables. However, on searching through catalogues last night, I found a 3.5 mm stereo jack coupler that I believe would connect the headphones to the cable I have.

    Do you think that if I buy the coupler and use it to connect the headphones to the TV via the phono cables I ought to be able to get sound without muting the TV's internal speakers? And, if so, which colour phono sockets should I plug in to?

    Thanks in advance
    J

  • jillywebba Nov 13, 2009

    Thanks for this Dan

    The model number for the Sony TV is: KDLS32A12U (as stamped on the back of the set). However, we would like to use an existing stereo headset, rather than purchasing a new adaptive system as you describe.

    The TV set has audio output, both phono and SCART sockets. I already have a 3.5 mm jack to 2x phono cables (which is no good to me as I can't plug in the headphones) but cannot source a 3.5 mm SOCKET to 2x phono cables. However, on searching through catalogues last night, I found a 3.5 mm stereo jack coupler that I believe would connect the headphones to the cable I have.

    Do you think that if I buy the coupler and use it to connect the headphones to the TV via the phono cables I ought to be able to get sound without muting the TV's internal speakers? And, if so, which colour phono sockets should I plug in to?

    Thanks in advance
    J

  • jillywebba Nov 13, 2009

    Thanks for all of your help Dan.

    The current headphones don't have a volume control so it looks as though a new headphone listening system will be the better option.

    Regards

    J

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This is not a typical setup for most TVs. There are ways around it though. If your set has a set of audio output jacks, than those can be used to power a separate sound source for the headphones. There are adaptive listening systems available for this purpose what use either infra-red transmitters or RF transmitters to matching headphones. The key here is whether or not the TV has the audio output available.

Please check that and update this with what you find and I'll try to provide a solution within the context of your specific set. Post the TV model number too.

Thanks,
Dan

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

  • ABRsvcs Nov 13, 2009

    The red/white phono jacks labeled Audio Out should be useable without effecting the TV speakers. The only problem is that these may be a "fixed" output level. This means that they are intended to feed a receiver that has its own amplifier and volume control.



    Your best option here is to use the headphone jack of a receiver and feed the receiver from the TV as described above. This will give the headphones a volume control that is independent of the TV speaker volume control.



    Dan

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