How To Connect Bookshelf Speakers To TV (With And Without A Receiver)

Many people have spare bookshelf speakers lying around, but can you connect them to your TV? In this article, we will be discussing if this is possible and how to do it.

If you want a more immersive sound experience, then connecting the speakers to your TV might be worth considering. This article will go over some of the steps necessary for connecting bookshelf speakers to tv’s audio output.

How To Connect Bookshelf Speakers To TV Without A Receiver

First things first is to figure out if they are wireless or not. If you’ve got a pair of Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers, then your job will be a lot easier! All you will need to do is is turn them on, make sure pairing is enabled on whichever speaker you have, then go to Bluetooth settings on your TV and select your Speakers!

They should hook right up with no issues. Unfortunately, there is a bit more work involved if your speakers are not wireless.

Some modern TVs now have an optical input port for connecting various devices, and luckily for us, most bookshelf speakers also have optical output ports.

It varies from speaker to speaker, but all if both support optical, all you’ll need is an optical cable to plug into the back of your speaker. Always check the ports on your speakers/TV before you make a purchase.

If it is an older speaker, the next section may be of help.

Connecting bookshelf speakers to the TV is a surprisingly easy process. In order to do it, all you need are the right kinds of cables. Depending on the current speaker and cable availability, you may need either a 3.5mm stereo plug or an RCA cable in order to interface with your TV’s line out.

Once you have those things in hand, it becomes just a matter of figuring out what connections correspond with what from your TV’s point-of-view and hooking them accordingly.

Hook up the appropriate audio output from the back of your TV directly into one set of inputs on your speaker cabinet (usually green).  If there are both front and back outputs available, connect that same audio output to the front inputs on your speaker cabinet.

The other set of connectors will go directly into the back of an amplifier — or if there’s no amp available, then you can connect them directly to the speaker cabinet.

Then, you can take a set of cables with an RCA connector on one end and connect them t your TV’s input for video (usually yellow) by plugging it into the back of your TV.

The only thing left is to find a matching cable with red/white connectors that will go from the back of the TV to your amplifier’s input labeled “Video” or “TV”.

If you are looking to make a purchase for a TV specifically, and want ease of use, you should opt for a wireless set of bookshelf speakers as it saves the hassle of running extra cables everywhere and it’s very simple to connect to your TV.

Not only that, but you can then also connect them to other devices, whether that be a PC or your Mobile.

The wireless Edifier R1280T is a great choice for this and one I highly recommend.

How To Connect Bookshelf Speakers To TV With A Receiver

The receiver should have traditional speaker outputs. A common output configuration for both receivers and AV receivers is that there are both Left and Right outputs on the rear of the unit, plus a Subwoofer output. If all of these are available, connect each side to one of the corresponding speakers via speaker wire (Left to Left, etc.). Connecting Right to Left will always work as well.

Now if you only have a Front Speaker Output on your receiver or other devices, it’s simply a matter of connecting left from this output into left from the LFE input with speaker wire; right would go into right from LFE. It doesn’t matter which way around you connect them – they’ll still sound in sync!

Using a receiver makes the process very easy, especially if you don’t have a set of wireless bookshelf speakers. Depending on your receiver, it also allows for upgrades in the future.

Also, this tutorial should help you out on deciding speaker placement.


Connecting your bookshelf speakers to your TV can GREATLY improve your listening experience, especially over the built-in speakers to your TV.

Doing it nowadays is quite an easy task too. A lot of modern TV’s use optical ports which work great for most speakers, alternatively you can connect via Bluetooth if they support that. A receiver is also a great option, but not everyone owns one of them and don’t want to go out and buy one which is understandable.

Lastly, if its an older set of speakers/TV,  you may use either a 3.5mm stereo plug or an RCA cable if your TV supports it.

I hope this article helped you in connecting your speakers to your TV and you can enjoy watching your favorite TV shows and movies with a superb listening experience.

About Shawn Shepherd

Hi, I'm the owner of the Hifi Guide and have been an audio lover enthusiast for over 16 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sound Engineering and I work on producing content for the Hifi Guide in my spare time. My love for audio stemmed from my Dad who was an audio technician, and now I share my knowledge here on this website!