How to Connect Home Speakers to a TV That Has RCA Jacks

James Clark

Speakers for a home stereo system typically use two-strand speaker wire to connect with a pair of terminals on the rear of the speaker. TV sets with RCA audio outputs use standard one-quarter-inch stereo cables and plugs to hook up with external audio components.

Improve your TV sound by hooking up a pair of home speakers.

Although it is possible to rewire an RCA cable to connect it to speaker wire, the signal from the TV still requires amplification. A direct connection to the TV will not supply enough power to your speakers to produce adequate volume. The solution is to connect a small amplifier to the TV and speakers to the amp.

  1. Insert the white plug on one end of the stereo cable to the left RCA audio jack on the TV and the red plug in the right jack.

  2. Attach the other ends to a pair of inputs on the amplifier.

  3. Cut a wire for each speaker and peel away one-half inch of insulation from the ends with the wire cutters.

  4. Attach the two wires on one end to the left speaker terminals on the amp and connect the other end to the matching terminals on the speaker. Be careful not to cross the wires. Repeat the connections for the right speaker.

  5. Turn on the amp and set the control knob on the front to the name of the input used for the TV connection.