How do I play music from my Mac's speakers, from an external device?

Drifty_Child

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Dec 12, 2017
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MBP 2018/Mojave

I have a TV with poor speakers, which sits right next to my Macbook Pro. I want to make my Macbook Pro's speakers to play my TV's audio.

Both have a headphone jack. I've connected my TV's headphone jack to my computer's headphone jack with a 3.5mm cable. I want to make my computer play the sound coming from the TV, so that I can hear audio again. Ideally with no/minimal latency.

What do I need to do?

Extra Info:
In Sound preferences, my TV is listed as "External Headphones" under input. However, nothing except my computer's built-in speakers are shown in output.
 
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MSastre

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MBP 2018/Mojave

I have a TV with poor speakers, which sits right next to my Macbook Pro. I want to make my Macbook Pro's speakers to play my TV's audio.

Both have a headphone jack. I've connected my TV's headphone jack to my computer's headphone jack with a 3.5mm cable. I want to make my computer play the sound coming from the TV, so that I can hear audio again. Ideally with no/minimal latency.

What do I need to do?

Extra Info:
In Sound preferences, my TV is listed as "External Headphones" under input. However, nothing except my computer's built-in speakers are shown in output.
Even if yiu get it to work, I seriously doubt you will be satisfied with sound quality running TV sound through your MBP. Why not get a separate speaker system for your TV? Much better solution.
 

Drifty_Child

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Even if yiu get it to work, I seriously doubt you will be satisfied with sound quality running TV sound through your MBP. Why not get a separate speaker system for your TV? Much better solution.
Because that'd cost money, and also, because I want to use bluetooth headphones (my TV is old and does not have bluetooth).
 

Fishrrman

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Get external speakers
or
Plug your headphones directly into the tv (should have a headphone outlet on the back?).
Use a headphone "extension cord" if the cord on the phones isn't long enough.
 
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jerwin

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all of the solutions cost money.

To get sound into your mac, you'll need a USB Audio Adapter with an input jack.

Cost, about 7 bucks if you aren't picky. Considerably more if you are.

or you'll need a bluetooth transmitter connected to your TV (also inexpensive) and an app along the lines of say Julius. (not free either)

Worse case scenario, you'll end up with a pile of useless junk that eats into your budget for buying a half decent pair of amplified speakers.