Article ID : 00173675 / Last Modified : 03/09/2019

How to get sound from headphones and the TV speakers at the same time.

    In order to hear sound from headphones and the TV speakers at the same time when watching TV or a movie, the source device must have multiple audio outputs.



    • A source device is used to describe the device that is providing the signal to the TV. Generally, this is an external device such as a cable box, satellite receiver (set-top box), or Blu-ray Disc player.
    • While some TVs have an audio output that can be used to connect headphones, in most cases this connection will disable the TV speakers.

    If the model-specific information is required to complete any of the steps in this solution, refer to the operating instruction supplied with the product. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

    1. How to connect the TV and the headphones(source device).
    2. Type of headphones.
    3. How to set up the TV.

    1. How to connect the TV and the headphones (source device).
      1. Make sure that the source device and TV have multiple outputs.
        Multiple audio outputs
      2. Connect the source device to the TV.

        NOTE: For the best image and audio quality, using an HDMI connection is recommended.  
      3. On the back of the source, connect one end of the audio cable to the AUDIO OUT jack.

        Analog In
      4. On the back of the transmitter of the headphones, connect the other end of the audio cable to the AUDIO IN jack.

        Headphone in

        NOTE: Some headphones require a stereo mini plug connection instead of the more common red and white composite connection. If a stereo mini plug did not come supplied with the headphones, contact your local electronics retailer for information regarding the availability of an RCA-to-stereo mini plug cable.

        Stereo to composite audio cable. 

    2. Type of headphones.
      1. Depending on the RF headphone model, the input terminal label may vary. Below are some examples:
        • AUDIO IN 1 (L and R) and AUDIO IN 2
        • A (L and R) and B
        • PHONES IN (L and R)
        • LINE IN
      2. Infrared (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) headphones.

        NOTE: Wireless headphones generally require an additional power connection. Refer to the manual supplied with the headphones to determine if the headphones require batteries or an AC power connection.
    3. How to set up the TV.

      For Android TV™ (Except A9G / X85G (55/65/75/85) /X95G / Z9G series, A9F, Z9F series):
      1. Using the supplied remote control, Press the HOME button.
      2. Select  Settings.
      3. Select Sound.
      4. Select Headphone/Audio out.
      5. Select Audio out (Fixed).
      6. On the Remote control, press the BACK button.
      7. Select Headphone speaker link.
        NOTE: If Headphone speaker link is not shown, select Audio to both TV speakers & other device to enable it.
      8. Select Speakers on.
      For other Sony TVs:
      NOTE: The following steps are an example. For details, refer to the manual of your TV.
      1. Using the supplied remote control, Press the HOME button.
      2. Select Settings.
      3. Select Preferences or System Settings.
      4. Select Setup.
      5. Select AV Setup.
      6. Select Headphone/Audio out.
      7. Select Audio out.
      8. Press the BACK or RETURN button to go back to AV Setup.
      9. Select Audio out.
      10. Select Fixed.

    For more connections information check the following:

    1. Information about connecting headphones.  
    2. How to connect wireless headphone or speakers to a television or other A/V source.