26LC55 TV Can you improve the sound output by connecting external speakers?

Sound form televisions has improved significantly in recent years but most would agree that it still isn't as good as it might be. Manufacturers need to balance the size of the television against the desire to install large speaker enclosures within them. For the size of speakers, televisions produce a very respectable sound.
Using external speakers can lead to a big improvement in quality, especially at the lower frequencies. Few televisions have speaker level outputs so the simplest way is to route the audio from the headphone jack into a stereo amplifier and from there into a pair of speakers. The cables from the television can be connected into any line input that is available. Don't use a turntable input, often marked as "phono" as this will be the wrong input level and equalization. With a good amplifier and speakers there can be a dramatic change in the sound. This doesn't provide surround sound but with the left and right speakers carefully placed each side of the television, it is quite possible to obtain a rich and full sound with a very effective sound stage.

If you are looking for surround sound, this is not the way to go. A surround sound decoder and amplifier will be needed. Before rushing out to buy a full surround system, it is well worth listening to the stereo image through your current standard hi-fi system. It may well provide all the richness of sound that you are seeking without any additional equipment.
Sound form televisions has improved significantly in recent years but most would agree that it still isn't as good as it might be. Manufacturers need to balance the size of the television against the desire to install large speaker enclosures within them. For the size of speakers, televisions produce a very respectable sound.
Using external speakers can lead to a big improvement in quality, especially at the lower frequencies. Few televisions have speaker level outputs so the simplest way is to route the audio from the headphone jack into a stereo amplifier and from there into a pair of speakers. The cables from the television can be connected into any line input that is available. Don't use a turntable input, often marked as "phono" as this will be the wrong input level and equalization. With a good amplifier and speakers there can be a dramatic change in the sound. This doesn't provide surround sound but with the left and right speakers carefully placed each side of the television, it is quite possible to obtain a rich and full sound with a very effective sound stage.

If you are looking for surround sound, this is not the way to go. A surround sound decoder and amplifier will be needed. Before rushing out to buy a full surround system, it is well worth listening to the stereo image through your current standard hi-fi system. It may well provide all the richness of sound that you are seeking without any additional equipment.