Question

How do I output sound from my Philips TV to external audio devices such as Home Theaters, Soundbars, AV Receivers, etc.?

Answer

For External Sources such as HD Cable Boxes, HD Satellite Boxes, Blu-ray players, DVD players, etc.:

It is best to connect the HD Cable Box, HD Satellite Box, Blu-ray player, DVD player, etc. directly to external audio devices such as Home Theaters, Soundbars, AV Receivers, etc. For information on how to connect them together please refer to the user manuals of the respective devices.

Note: You might experience A/V Sync (Lip-sync) issues if you use the above method, in which case you will have to use audio/video lag correction features in your external audio device if they are built-in.

For Internal TV sources which are received via the TV’s tuner such as Over the Air broadcasts, Digital Cable, etc.:

Please follow the instructions below.

Audio Outputs on the TV:

Based on your TV model number, your TV will have either:

Coaxial Digital Audio (S/PDIF) – [Orange or Black RCA Jack]
Or
Coaxial Digital Audio (S/PDIF) – [Orange or Black RCA Jack] and L/R (Stereo) Audio – [Red & White RCA Jacks]

Coaxial Digital Audio (S/PDIF) – [Orange or Black RCA Jack]

L/R (Stereo) Audio – [Red & White RCA Jacks]

 

 

 

 

There are primarily two kinds of audio connections you can make to output sound from your TV to external audio devices such as Home Theaters, Soundbars, AV Receivers, etc.

Digital Connection (Recommended)
Use a Digital Audio (S/PDIF) Coaxial cable to connect from the Coaxial Digital Audio (S/PDIF) – [Orange or Black RCA Jack] to the Coaxial Digital Audio (S/PDIF) – [Orange or Black RCA Jack] on your external audio device such as Home Theater, Soundbar, AV Receiver, etc.

Analog Connection
Use a Stereo RCA cable to connect from the L/R (Stereo) Audio – [Red & White RCA Jacks] to the L/R (Stereo) Audio – [Red & White RCA Jacks] on your external audio device such as Home Theater, Soundbar, AV Receiver, etc.

Notes & Helpful Information:

The S/PDIF jacks on your TV & external audio devices could be labeled S/PDIF, Digital Audio, Optical Audio, TOSLINK or Digital Coaxial. They are all the same digital audio format which is S/PDIF = Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format.

In general, you would connect from a RCA jack to a RCA jack using a Digital Coaxial Cable or from an Optical port to an Optical port using an Optical/TOSLINK cable.

What should I do if I have a mismatch of S/PDIF ports?

TV has Optical OUT but HTS has Digital Coaxial IN:
Use an Optical to Digital Coaxial converter.

TV has Digital Coaxial OUT but HTS has Optical IN:
Use a Digital Coaxial to Optical converter. 

What is S/PDIF or digital audio and is optical better or coaxial? 

  • S/PDIF = Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format 
  • Optical & Coaxial both use S/PDIF (= digital audio) 
  • Both are equally good and identical since they are digital. 
  • Optical connections need clean connectors and cabling which cannot be bent at sharp angles. 

What if my external audio device only has analog inputs but my TV only has a digital output?

Use a Digital Audio to Analog Audio Converter.

 

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