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# 255612 20-Aug-2019 21:47
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I have a TCL TV and the built in speakers are actually quite good (for a flat panel), but I'd like to get something to do bass better in movies ... can you connect a sub up to the optical out and that's all I'd need ?  Or will that disable the internal speakers ?



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  # 2302638 20-Aug-2019 21:53
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Optical outputs don't disable the internal speakers.


However you can't plug a subwoofer into the optical port, you need to connect it into an amplifier, the amp will then direct the bass to a subwoofer and the rest of the audible frequency range to a pair of loud speakers (or 5 channel surround sound, it's up to you).

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  # 2302678 21-Aug-2019 05:12
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a sound bar with sub would be the cheapest option


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  # 2302702 21-Aug-2019 07:55
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Also be aware that in most cases you won't be able to control the volume of the device(amp) connected to the optical out with your TV remote. I tried connecting my TCL TV to my surround sound amp setup via optical and, while it worked, I had to turn down the sound on the TV and just use the amp remote to control the volume. For content sourced from the TV, I ended up using HDMI ARC to connect the TV to the amp and then I could control the volume using the TV remote.

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  # 2302790 21-Aug-2019 10:16
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Thanks for the pointers ... I'll go save more pennies :-)

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