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Is there a way to control all audio functions on an old TV with only a coax input?

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Crazy question I know but here is the situation.  Have a decent TV in the bedroom.  Not HD or anything fancy but it's a Samsung and has a good picture.  The problem I have is that the TV backs up to a wall that has two my kids bedroom on the other side.  The kids are young and go to bed early.  If I want to watch TV in bed after they go down I can either turn on the one in my room and try to lip read or use the slingbox on my laptop (fine but not real comfortable or as easy at just clicking on the tube).  I want to find out if there is a way to route the audio to speakers mounted behind/under my bed.  I've been trying to think of different ways to do it but have come up with nothing (or at least nothing that doesn't require another remote).  Bottom line question...Can I do anything to control volume on speakers with just my regular tv remote?  It doesn't bother me buy my wife is electonically challenged and has a hard time trying to turn the tv on, so another audio output control is out of the question.  I need one volume control that will adjust the volume of the speakers that could be installed.  I'm willing to mute the TV speakers all together since they only wake up the kids and 90% of the time I have the TV on the bedroom, I'm in the bed.  So basically looking for a new way to route sound from an older TV.  Hope that makes sense.  I know this isn't exactly a computer question but I've got a similar deal coming up with my PC but I need to get this fixed first.  I'm about ready to take the @#$%@#$% thing apart and try to extend the speaker wires.


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>>   I'm about ready to take the @#$%@#$% thing apart and try to extend the speaker wires. <<  that is the only way i know; disconnect the inbuild speakers, and route them to the other ones.
 
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Thanks Cal and Nobus, I thought that was all I could do, but I figured it worth a try asking the experts.  Since the old set has no audio output looks like I'll be using my screwdriver and a couple of wire nuts.

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WallD,  I guess we were posting at the same time.  I do have a sat box hooked up that does have audio out but I can't figure out how to control another set of speakers without having to use two remotes.  (again this all goes back to the wife who can barely deal with one, I have even tried a logitech universal remote with her but she still had problems, we are talking about serious electronically challenged).  Maybe though I could reprogram the volume button on the sat box to control a seperate set of speakers rather than the built in speakers on the tube.  HMMMMM...worth thinking about anyway.  

Anybody know if thats possible?   I'm assuming I would have to get a separate receiver to push them but as long as I could keep the volume on one control I could be okay.
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I dont actually know how it was done but I do know that it can be, the case in question was a chap who listened to Radio 3 ( i think ) in the UK, via the distal service but didnt like the sound quality of his TV so outputted the audio through the set top box.

And he had to use the same speakers when ever he watched his TV, he did how explain but I must admit I lost the will to live at the time.
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Sorry all I should have said all he was esentially doing was using his tv as a monitor, and all channel hoping and volume control was done via the set top box remote.

Thinking about it I dont know how he turned hisTV off, apart from going over and turning it off.
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If the TV is being "fed" from a sat box (I gather that's the case here) then this is simple:

=>  Turn the TV audio all the way down (you could mute it; but that often results in a "Mute" display on screen)

=>  Feed the audio output from the sat box to a small amplifier (as you've suggested) ... the amp has to support a remote control, but other than that the cheapest one you can get is fine (should be < $100 ... or you may have an old one that you can use).

=>  Re-educate your wife on the Harmony remote !! :-)    I presume that's what you're referring to when you said a "Logitech remote".    I have a couple of Harmony 880's and just ordered a Harmony 1000 => my wife is also very "remote challenged" but has no problems with the 880's [and I suspect she'll like the 1000 even better].   Once set up correctly, it just requires a "Watch TV" choice; the channels will change the proper device (sat box); the volume will change the correct device (amplifier); and hitting power off will turn everything off :-)

If that's not how your system's set up ... i.e. if you're NOT using the satellite box, then the old "rip-er-apart-and-get-to-the-speaker-wires" trick is what you need to do :-)
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simple and without so much fuss, reallocating the tv away from there.

beside that, should post this question on interior design forum (if any) regarding how to maximize your room and positionning of ur furnitures.
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