Can External Speakers Be Connected to a DVD Player?


DVD players are available today in models ranging from the very basic to the sophisticated, with a varying number of features and options. They are designed for use at home, on the road and even in the car, and with most players, connecting external speakers is a simple task with the right equipment.


  • While home DVD players typically do not have a specific jack for connecting speakers, they will have outputs (both analog and digital) that allow the audio signal to be routed to a stereo/home theater system for simple stereo or multichannel surround sound through that system's speakers.

Home Theater

  • Other home theater systems come with a DVD/Blu-Ray player built in with the tuner, meaning that in these cases the speakers are plugged directly into the back of the unit for a quick and easy setup.

Auto DVD Players

  • Some DVD players are designed specifically for use in a car, minivan or SUV, and are wired directly into the vehicle's speaker system. While additional external speakers cannot be attached to these, many have a headphone jack to which portable mini-speakers can be plugged in.


  • Different sizes of speakers are available in stores to connect to any audio device with a headphone jack. Among these devices would be any home or portable DVD player with that jack. The sound quality of these speakers will vary depending on the model and manufacturer.


  • Computers with a DVD-ROM drive will also offer a way to connect external speakers, through a headphone jack and/or a separate audio output jack for some desktop computers.

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