Connecting Your TV To Your Ceiling Speaker System

A television is not an uncommon site in a kitchen, or a bedroom. And if you're installing a ceiling speaker system then you might want to consider connecting it to your television.

Once connected you'll be able to listen to the TV with better sound quality from the ceiling speakers.

We recommend this most for kitchens and especially for bathrooms where a bathroom television is present.

For living spaces where television is a primary source of entertainment we recommend using a sound bar or 5.1 speakers instead of a pair of ceiling speakers as the sound can sometimes feel a bit disconnected from the TV. Generally not a problem in kitchens, but when it's primary watching you'll want to avoid it.

 

Connection Types

It's physically really easy to connect a television to a ceiling speaker system. You first need to ensure that the ceiling speaker system has an auxiliary input ability (3.5mm / RCA input). Some systems are more suitable than others as they feature rear mounted inputs so that you do not have any ugly cables on display.

Here are our radios that have this feature:

 

  • Systemline E100 (Rear Connection)
  • Systemline E50 (Front & Rear Connection)
  • Lithe Audio Bluetooth Speakers (Rear Connection)
  • Lithe Audio Wifi Speakers (Rear Connection)
  • Retrotouch T2000 (Rear Connection)
  • Sonos AMP (Rear Connection)
  • Heos HS2 (Rear Connection)
  • Mando BT (Front Connection)
  • K2 Bluetooth Express (Rear Connection)

 

There are two ways of connecting your television. Either to the headphone output, or the line output.

 

Headphone Output

This connection gives you a variable output, so you can adjust the volume with the TV remote (but the overall volume is controlled by the radio system, so if the radio system is set to 10% then even if the TV is at 100% you'll still only have 10% volume).

Most of the time if you connect to a headphone output it will over-ride the TV speakers so music will always come out of the ceiling speakers.

For speakers that do not have their own volume controls, such as the Lithe Audio bluetooth speakers you will need to make sure you connect to the headphone output otherwise the speaker will play at full volume.

 

Fixed Output

Fixed outputs are good for ceiling speaker systems that have their own volume controls. The TV will output a fixed output and the speaker system will control the volume. This method is good for occasional use as often the TV's standard speakers will still work (this can be turned off in the TV settings).

Just be careful which system you connect to. If the system does not have it's own volume control then then sound will be at full volume.

 

How To Make The Connection

Making the connection is the easy part. Simply wire an audio cable (3.5mm to 3.5mm audio plugs or 3.5mm to RCA) from the speaker system to the TV. Plug the cable into the speaker system, and then plug it into the TV.

If you've connected it via the line input then it's recommended to go into the TV settings, go to Audio settings and choose external speaker so that the TV's standard speakers are turned off.

Here is a wiring diagram for the Systemline E50 which gives you an idea of how the connection is made.

Buy 3.5mm TV connection cables here

Buy RCA TV connection cables here

 

Bathroom Televisions

One of the most common times you'll want to connect a television to a ceiling speaker system is when you have a bathroom TV. Some bathrooms TV's don't have speakers so this is a requirement. Other TVs have built in speakers, but the quality can be significantly improved with a ceiling speaker.

There are two types of speaker connections for bathroom TV's

  1. Audio output connection, which connects to an amplified ceiling speaker as per the above instructions. With this option you'll also gain the ability to stream music from your smart phone without the television on. With some systems you'll also gain DAB or FM radio.
  2. Some televisions have direct speaker outputs with a built-in amplifier. You simply connect a pair of ceiling speakers, or a single stereo speaker to the rear of the TV.

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