How to connect your headset to the TV

How to connect your headset to the TV [wired or wireless]

Connecting the headset to the TV may seem like a simple task, but it varies a lot depending on a number of factors: whether your TV is old or new, the type of your headset (whether wired or wireless) and how you intend to use it. it, whether to watch TV , play games or with set-top boxes and other streaming accessories. See each use case.

Connecting the headset to the TV

There are two ways to connect your headset to the TV, depending on whether the model is wired or wireless, and even each method has variations. Learn how to choose.

1. Wired

USB headsets are generally incompatible with TVs of any kind, but models with stereo P2 connectors are accepted without ceremony, regardless of whether it is a cheap headset model or a first-rate circumaural headphone. However, it is the television that will determine how you should connect your accessory.

In older models of TVs, it is possible to find a P2 connector dedicated to headphones as in the photo below, inherited from its tube ancestors (CRT). If this is your case there is no secret, just prick the phone with a long handle and start listening.

Over time, TVs have abandoned this connector, but you can use an intermediate solution, which are the RCA ports for audio on external devices.

In the photo above, there are the two circular connectors on the right end, with red on the right and white on the left (in old mono audio devices, only white was used).

However, to use these ports you will need a cable with two RCA male leads and a female P2 connector (below) or an adapter with the same connections. With one of them in hand, you just need to connect the headset to the P2 port and plug the cable / adapter into the TV’s audio ports.

Cable P2 female / 2x RCA male / tv headset

However, chances are that you have a recent TV, in which case the RCA ports may not be present. It remains to use the digital audio output, which is present in all modern devices. In the first image, it is the square connector next to the P2 port.

As in the case of RCA ports, you will need an additional accessory, in this case a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter), a converter to transform the digital signal that comes out of your TV into an analog signal, that your headset ear can play (below).

To use the DAC, simply plug it into the power supply, the digital cable coming out of the TV at one end and the headset at the other (some models do not have the P2 port, but come with a P2 female / 2x male RCA cable).

Finally, you can use devices connected to your TV that allow you to use wired headphones in your accessories, such as:

  1. Set-top boxes: The nVidia Shield and Roku Ultra remote controls, as well as the Amazon Fire TV gamepad have P2 ports (check the cable operator’s);
  2. Video game consoles: The PS4 and Xbox One controls also have input, while the Nintendo Switch features the P2 connector on top of the console. USB headsets also work, just plug them directly into the respective ports on the three consoles (on the Nintendo Switch, on a USB port on the dock).

2. Wireless

Here things get a little complicated, again depending on your TV model. The latest ones are coming out of the factory with Bluetooth, which makes things a lot easier for compatible headsets, just pair and use normally.

If your TV does not have Bluetooth, you will need to use other methods:

  1. Bluetooth via adapters: A Bluetooth USB adapter will solve most of your problems. There are several models compatible with TVs, and just connect it to an available USB port and configure it. That done, just pair the phone with the adapter and that’s it;
  2. Bluetooth via set-top box: If you have a set-top box that supports streaming audio via Bluetooth, just pair both accessories and use the box with the headphones;
  3. Bluetooth via video game consoles: In general, you will need a USB Bluetooth adapter compatible with your PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, only then to pair the phone. Certain models can be connected without needing the adapter, such as those produced specifically for consoles, but these headphones are more rare and expensive;

Seinheiser RS120

Sennheiser RS ​​120 II: infrared transmission

  1. Bluetooth via soundbar: Some models of soundbar offer Bluetooth connection to other devices, in case it is connected to a TV via optical cable. In this case, you can pair your phone with the device and the sound will be retransmitted. Check the soundbar’s specifications to see if it offers such a facility;
  2. Infrared: Certain headset models, such as the Sennheiser RS ​​120 II above, have wireless audio transmission via infrared, but for this they come with a transmitter, which must be connected to the TV on the optical, RCA or P2 ports, depending on the model. However, these headphones are quite unusual.