Polk FR1 connection to Emerson Flat Screen TV

I have an Emerson 32" Flat Screen TV and noticed the speakers were starting to vibrate and sound 'tinny'. I had a Polk Soundbar FR1 left over from a previous set up barely used. My Emerson TV has 2 HDMI connections, 1 Digital Audio Out (Coax), 2 RCA Type jacks, 1 Red, 1 White, 1 Headphone output. How would I connect my Polk FR1 to this Emerson for sound. I know how to turn off TV speakers in Emerson settings, but can't hear the Polk Soundbar. Thanks

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  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,693
    Hello,
    Welcome to Polk's forum. Since the TV's digital output doesn't seem to be an optical digital type connection (toslink) I believe you would need to use an analogue connection. A cable that has RCA type connectors on one end and a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug on the other end.
    I hope this is helpful information.
    Cheers, Ken
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • Thank you for your prompt reply. What you suggested there is exactly what I have. I turned TV speakers off, inserted the RCA connectors and could not hear any sound from the Polk.
  • Thank you for your prompt reply. What you suggested there is exactly what I have. I turned TV speakers off, inserted the RCA connectors and could not hear any sound from the Polk.
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,693
    You're welcome. Would you have another analogue device you could test the Polk with? The headphone output of a portable CD player? The headphone jack of a phone?
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • I noticed just now that when I unplug and plug back in the two RCA type connectors...that if the center prong touches just the side of the TV input jacks, I hear a hum and buzz sound, but when inserting it all the way in the jack, nothing is heard.....back out, side of jack touched....loud hum again...all the way back in....nothing. What does that mean?
  • Yes, all the way up. No sound. Soundbar has worked before hooked up to a Onkyo Receiver....would this type Emerson TV not have a way of sending sound to the Polk ? I go to menu and turn TV speakers off, but can't hear a thing from the Polk no matter what I do with the Polk controls.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,168
    Turn the TV speakers on in the menu.
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  • Emerson TV settings are : TV speakers ON, TV speakers OFF, CEC Link (Sound possible through connection to HDMI-CEC compatible Amp)
  • ok, so you're saying do not use a RCA type to a 3.5 ? Do I hook up Headphone jack on Emerson to AUG on the Polk with 3.5mm to 3.5mm ?
  • Just to clarify things. I've been using a RCA Type Red and White plug into the Emerson's Right and Left Audio running to an AUX jack on the Polk.
  • Just to clarify things. I've been using a RCA Type Red and White plug into the Emerson's Right and Left Audio running to an AUX jack on the Polk.
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,693
    In looking at the Emerson owner's manual:
    https://www.manualslib.com/manual/783200/Emerson-Le391em4.html?page=11#manual
    Those red and white RCA jacks are audio left and right inputs, not outputs. The only output is via the headphone jack.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
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