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In this instructable, I will show you how to make a simple headphone adapter for any TV with an audio ouput.

Items you will need:

- TV with an audio output

- RCA to 3.5mm adapter cable

- any FM transmitter with a 3.5mm stereo plug

- any portable FM radio tuner with a headphone jack
 
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Step 1:

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To do this, your TV must have an audio output (usually located on the rear AV panel of your TV)

Step 2: RCA to 3.5mm adapter

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You need one these adapter cables to connect the FM transmitter to your TV's audio output.

These things cost about $3.00 USD at RadioShack.

Step 3: FM transmitter

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You need an FM transmitter of any kind, but it must have a 3.5mm stereo plug.

The 3.5mm stereo plug on the FM transmitter will plug into the RCA to 3.5mm adapter cable, which in turn plugs into the audio output of your TV.

You can buy one of these from Amazon.com for under $10.00 USD.

Step 4: Portable FM radio tuner

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You need a portable FM radio tuner of any kind, as long as it has a headphone jack (they all do, just saying...)

I guess you could use a full size radio with a headphone jack, but that would be pretty bulky...

You can buy one of these from Amazon.com for about $15.00 USD.

Step 5: Diagram

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This diagram will show you how to hook everything up. It'll all make sense, it's very simple.

Once you're done connecting everything, just use your portable FM radio to tune into the proper frequency on your FM transmitter.

Use the volume control on your portable FM radio to set the volume to a comfortable level.

There you go! Have fun!

P.S.: You can also do this with a Bluetooth transmitter and Bluetooth headphones. As long as the Bluetooth transmitter has a 3.5mm stereo plug, it's the exact same concept!
Leeosis1 month ago

Also works well using an FM Radio App on cell phone to bluetooth headset instead of fm radio to wired headset/speaker, keeping FM transmitter connected to tv as instructed. And thanks for the Instructable, very happy not to have had to purchase anything to make it work.

get.voxoa2 months ago

These TV headphones rock, they are wireless (Bluetooth). http://www.amazon.com/voxoom-wireless-TV-headphones-system/dp/B00N3DELQU

did this to run on my treadmill while watching tv thanks
What if your TV doesn't come with Audio out? I don't know many TV's that have that.
lazydiyer3 years ago
What a great idea! I've been wrestling with the same problem for a couple of weeks now, and was shopping out new components to replace my bedroom surround system. This is SO MUCH EASIER... and cheaper.

Thanks a bunch.
PainTrane (author)  lazydiyer3 years ago
Absolutely! If you got a good idea, might as well share it! :)
dagob3 years ago
Thas a good idea but what about the sound quality?
Cool, except you should change the title to "Simple Wireless TV Headphones," because the simple tv headphones would just be the RCA - 3.5mm connected to the headphones.
Not a bad idea im using this but on a bigger scale to Send music around my home on a Crystal Earpiece and radio I modded fbi style ! could use it to send a voice using a mic Ive done it ones ! Homebrew walkie talkies
I actually did that with my tv about 6 months ago. But, i did it without the fm transmitter. I just used 1/2inch to 3.5mm adapter and plugged in an extension cable. Also, you could take something like this and plug the two cables directly into the cords from a game system.
PainTrane (author)  tubbychick3n5 years ago
Yeah I did that too, but I turned up the volume all the way on my TV and it just isn't loud enough. Instead of buying an expensive external amplifier, I just did this since I already had the parts lying around the house.
I never would have thought of that!