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Headphone output or use AV amp

iain, modified 6 Years ago.

Headphone output or use AV amp

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 5/26/17 Recent Posts


I have a pair of 8030a speakers for my home tv setup and am currently using a Marantz NR1602 AV amp preamp output to drive them, which is connected to my Sony KD-55XD9305 TV via HDMI ARC.

But I am thinking of instead getting rid of the amp and just connecting the genelecs to the headphone output of the TV which can be set as a variable output, via 3.5mm to XLR cable.

Which setup do you think would offer the best audio quality and/or would there be any real difference between the two setups?

Thanks for any advice.

jappi, modified 6 Years ago.

RE: Headphone output or use AV amp

Padawan Posts: 36 Join Date: 7/28/16 Recent Posts

Hi Iain,

analog outputs in TVs are generally inferior in terms of sound quality. I would not recommend such a setup. However I can recommend upgrading to 8330A + GLM2.0 and hooking it to digital toslink -output which can be found from all modern TV sets. Then you can actually use any HDMI-source and do the switching with TV and never worry about sound quality anymore. The only drawback is that with such a setup you need to have TV on when you wish to listen to music. Also you need to have laptop that has HDMI-output to be connected to TV and (usb to) GLM-adapter. Asus has models with passive cooling and with external powered USB-hub the volume control (with Genelec IR-remote) will work most of the time when laptop is in standby too. Not exactly sure why, but mine seldomly tilts and need to be rebooted. :)

If you're not able to go digital yet I suggest you keep your amp as it is for best sound quality.

Br, Jani