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Cable TV to Stereo System hookup diagram

Connect your Cable TV to a Stereo System



Do you have Cable TV service but do not have a stereo TV? Does your TV not have audio output jacks? Here is a way to enjoy the richness of stereo sound even without a stereo TV.

Your local cable TV provider offers stereo sound even on basic analog channels. Why listen on your mono TV speaker or your small TV stereo speakers when you can boost up the sound on a stereo receiver and use the giant loudspeakers for a much richer sound experience.

For people with an older TV which only has a single RF antenna input jack, you can still get stereo sound if you get a stereo VCR and hookup to a stereo system. You can pickup a used stereo VCR today for $10 at your local thrift store or look in the classifieds or online. (you could also use a DVD Recorder) What you need to get is a VCR with red and white RCA phono output jacks for stereo sound. You will also see a yellow jack but this is for video and does not need to be connected for a setup using an older TV without RCA jacks.

RF jack
RCA audio jacks

Just hookup to your cable TV wall jack using a standard RG-59 or RG-6 coaxial cable as you most likely already have done in the past, to the stereo VCR RF antenna input jack and then connect the VCR's RF OUTPUT jack to your TV RF/ANT INPUT jack just like you most likely have it setup currently. Now connect a RCA stereo audio cable to the VCR's LEFT and RIGHT Audio Output jacks (white and red) and connect the other end of this audio cable to the Audio Input jacks on a Stereo Receiver. You can use any input pair (red and white) on the stereo receiver except the PHONO input jack, if present. Use AUX or CD input jacks. Use a standard RCA phono 2-channel stereo audio cable (red and white connectors). Select that input with the selector switch/knob on the stereo system when you want to listen to the sound from your Cable TV source.



VCR REAR PANEL - Cable Connections for RCA jacks (RF jacks also shown)
yellow jack is video, white jack is left channel and red jack is right channel stereo sound.

Hookup Diagram Cable TV, VCR, stereo system and TV
Your cable TV signal comes into your cable tuner box or just straight into your VCR and will pass thru to your TV. For older TV sets, you select channel 3 or 4 and use the RF connection. In addition, the VCR outputs to the stereo audio ports. You can use this to your advantage to get stereo sound even if your TV does not have stereo capability. Instead use a stereo audio system. It can be a small shelf system or a large stereo component system or a surround sound system. All you need is a cable, available at Radio Shack or Wal-Mart for about $5, to connect to the stereo system.



2-channel stereo audio cable to connect two devices together. Connect red plug to red jack and white(or black) plug to white jack.



Wiring diagram

Power on the VCR, TV and stereo system
Select a channel on the VCR
Your TV is set to channel 3 or 4
Adjust volume on the stereo system
Use VCR remote control to select another channel






TV with an audio output.



Some TV sets have stereo capability built-in. These typically have RCA input jacks and some have RCA audio output jacks. You could connect the audio output from the TV to the audio input of the stereo system.



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