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03-18-11, 10:54 PM
Considering I don't have the money to invest in any surround sound audio equipment, I want to be able to use my headphones when watching blu-rays on my blu-ray player.

I have a Soniq 32" HD TV and a Soniq QPB301b Blu-Ray player (am currently just using the TV speakers, which are giving me 'buzzing problems' whenever I turn the volume up to loud which is annoying)

My Blu-Ray Player is hooked up to my HD TV via a HDMI cable and it lacks a headphone jack. Would buying a "stereo female to 2 RCA male "Y" cable" able me to use my headphones for audio when watching movies on my blu-ray player obviously on my HD TV?

this is what the cable looks like: http://www.cablewholesale.com/prodimages/2rca-male-3.5mm-stereo-female-y-cable.jpg

keep in mind right now I'm using a HDMI cable for video and audio, will that have any effect?


03-19-11, 12:16 AM
You can do that, but you won't have volume control. (unless your TV has a variable audio out, but most don't) It will likely be too loud or too soft, and if too loud could damage the phones. You could add a headphone amp as a solution to that problem, but they aren't free, either.

03-19-11, 02:04 AM
well my headphone set has a adjustment wheel for volume, are you saying that function wouldn't work if I connected it to my HD TV.

headphone amp, sounds pricey.

Mr. Salty
03-19-11, 04:26 AM
Your Blu-ray player will only be outputting "line level" from the RCA output jacks, which typically is too weak to drive most headphones.

03-19-11, 11:19 AM
There are certainly expensive ones to be found, but inexpensive also. Ex:

The volume control on headphones is not going to be enough, that's just a small limiter and can't boost the signal.

03-19-11, 02:13 PM
I have used headphones on my TVs headphone/stereo-out and have had adequate and variable volume on the last 2 TVs I've done it with. I mute the TV and turn its volume up to around 50% and then use the headphone's volume to trim it to exactly where I want it.

I looked at manuals for a couple Soniq 32" LCDs and they appear to have headphone-outs.


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