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Russound TVA2.1

Slim-profile stereo TV amplifier with IR learning

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As flat-panel TVs have gotten thinner, so has the sound coming from their built-in speakers. In fact, they often sound just downright anemic. If this bugs you as much as it does us, here's an easy way to bypass those dull on-board speakers and upgrade your sound: Russound's TVA2.1 television amplifier.

Give your TV's sound a big boost

As flat-panel TVs have gotten thinner, so has the sound coming from their built-in speakers. In fact, they often sound just downright anemic. If this bugs you as much as it does us, here's an easy way to bypass those dull on-board speakers and upgrade your sound: Russound's TVA2.1 television amplifier.

Mounted discreetly behind your TV, this compact stereo amp delivers 30 watts per channel. It will easily power a pair of bookshelf or in-wall speakers for richer, fuller sound with your movies and TV shows. Versatile analog and digital audio inputs provide compatibility with almost any television. And if you're looking for even more impact, the TVA2.1's subwoofer output lets you add an optional powered sub for deep, room-shaking bass.

To help minimize coffee table clutter, Russound also included IR learning capability that allows your TV or cable box's remote to seamlessly control the amp's volume.

Product Highlights:

  • stereo amplifier with 30 watts per channel
  • slim, compact design mounts easily behind a TV or in structured wiring cans
  • 4-pole detachable screw-down speaker connector
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs
    • digital inputs support 2-channel PCM audio up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • stereo RCA line-level inputs
  • line-level RCA subwoofer output
  • includes SLM-1 slim surface mount IR receiver
  • IR learning capability for use with virtually any remote control
  • remote
  • 9-7/8"W x 6-15/16"H x 1-3/16"D
  • weight: 1.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo amplifier
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote Control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • 4-Pole speaker connector
  • 3M tape
  • IR receiver (w/ attached 7" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Installation Manual

Installation and setup was relatively easy. Pairing with my TV remote was not so easy, ultimately it did not work. But the remote that came with the equipment worked like a charm. Together with the Bose Acoustimass it was a suitable audio solution to the wimpy TV speaker system.

Wolfgang, Kula, HI


Russound TVA2.1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Poor TV sound? A thrifty solution.

Art from Malverne, NY on 5/15/2018

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My problem was with the small Samsung HD TV I had just purchased; its sound was tinny. I figured hooking up an old Bose Acoustimass III system I had laying around would be the perfect solution...except that it would require an amplifier and there aren't many low-powered ones in the price range I was looking to spend. Then I found the Russound TVA2.1 amplifier. It has it all: three different output options, enough watts for excellent TV sound, compact design with all ports clearly marked...and inexpensive. The only negative is that it doesn't show the on-screen volume level. I ordered it through Crutchfield-delivery was free-and it arrived two days later. I'm very happy with the results and would highly recommend Russound.

Pros: Inexpensive. Compact. Quality build.

Cons: Loss of on-screen volume level display. Remote controlled On/Off not supported.

Great sound bar alternative.

Crutchfield customer from Skokie, IL on 4/19/2018

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Great product.

Pros: Simple to install and use.

Cons: Subwoofer output is LFE-only.

Great Idea, poorly implemented

Dan from Placitas, NM on 1/10/2017

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When I purchased my new big screen TV I found it was missing one feature my old TV had, surround sound. The old flatscreen was designed to have the internal speakers to allow the user to use better quality and remotely mounted external speakers. This created a problem as the new tv had no provisions for this. Since I now would need a new and small amplifier to use the digital audio out and power the remote speakers I purchased the Russound TVA2.1. This small amp would be perfect and allow mounting behind the tv for a finished look. That where everything went south, first, the TVA2.1 uses a 24 volt transformer that at best because of its thickness would need to be mounted inside the wall. Second the amp itself would need to be mounted behind the TV where you would not have access to it. Here is the kicker, there is no way to turn off the amp without either unplugging or usiing the power switch mounted on the unit. Unfortunately the Russound has no detectiion on the digital input line to detect a signal and automatically turn the amp on and off. Bottom line, you will have a unit that will be running 24x7 with a warm transformer.

Pros: Small footprint, easily mounts in covert places

Cons: No signal sense for auto turn on and off. Uses a large 24volt brick style transformer to power the unit. Only way to turn the unit off is a rocker switch mounted on the unit, the remote WILL NOT turn the unit off.

Excellent addition to a flat screen TV system

Wolfgang from Kula, HI on 1/9/2017

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Installation and setup was relatively easy. Pairing with my TV remote was not so easy, ultimately it did not work. But the remote that came with the equipment worked like a charm. Together with the Bose Acoustimass it was a suitable audio solution to the wimpy TV speaker system.

Pros: see my review

Cons: Pairing with TV remote unsuccessful

Russound TVA2.1

Crutchfield customer from Laguna Niguel, CA on 1/3/2017

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It only worked for two days. Then it got stuck on a high volume setting and could not be adjusted any more. Returned it.



Great Product, as is ALL RUSSOUND products

MarkA from Bountiful, UT on 2/9/2016

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We were building our exercise room and wanted to put some in ceiling speakers directly above the workout equipment(Treadmill and Elliptical) and so that is what we did. We purchased the TV (Samsung 55" LCD) on the assumption that it would have a SPEAKER OUT connection and we would simply hook up the speakers and then turn off the internal speakers. How Wrong Were We!! Try finding a RETAIL LCD TV that has that capability.... I didn't find one, at least not at other large retail stores. So now what to do? We have a TV....We have speakers in the ceiling but no way to hook them up. Sure we could have done an HDMI extractor or hook into the AUDIO OUT OPTICAL from the back of the TV, but in my research all of these products convert those signals to a LINE LEVEL connection, not an amplified output that would drive the speakers directly. So you would have to go into some type of amplifier and then have some way to control the volume and with a remote(doubtful). Well, fortunately, I stumbled across the Russound TVa2.1 It does everything that we wanted!! Mounted on the back of the TV it is only about 1" thick and about 8x10" in size. Connected the OPTICAL OUT from the TV into the Russound and then connected the SPEAKERS to the Russound. Then if that wasn't all....Now use the settings of the Russound to TEACH IT the commands for your SOUND UP, SOUND DOWN and MUTE commands and suddenly you have a complete and seamless installation. I'm still in AWE!!

Pros: Simply Does Exactly What You Need To Do! Well Thought Out And Great Quality

Cons: None!

Excellent Solution

Jon from New York on 12/3/2015

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First one I received was defective. Called Resound and they wee not very helpful. Crutchfield replaced with new unit and it works great!!



Russound TVA2.1

EdF from Boston MA on 10/1/2015

Low profile and easy to hide 2.1 audio amplifier. The digital amp packs a punch with 35watts per channel RMS. Used this behind a 50 inch proscan TV with digital outputs only. The TVA has a learning feature so we could even use the TV's remote to control volume! We have inwall 8" speakers and installation was a snap replacing a traditional amp and adding a powered sub. The TVA has a built in cross over as well.

Pros: Small size. analog and digital inputs and IR control of the amp. 2.1 with sub output.

Cons: Sounds like a digital amp at first. This was expected, most sound a little thin on the midrange and highs are a little much but the more you use it the more musical it sounds. Really opened the unit up and left it running and now it sounds amazing.


Hands-on research

Product Research


Russound TVA2.1: The Russound TVA2.1 amplifier is designed to enhance the audio quality of a television, plus other digital and analog audio source devices.

Class-D Stereo Amp: The Russound TVA2.1's quality class-D digital amplifier provides 30-watts x 2-channel into 8Ω with 1% THD+N and a signal-to-noise ratio of 80dB, or 35-watts x 2-channel into 4. It has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz (+/- 3dB).

Analog & Digital Inputs: The TVA2.1 provides analog and digital input choices for flexibility. There is one digital coax (RCA) input and one optical (toslink) input, as well as an analog stereo RCA input. The TVA2.1's digital inputs support 2ch PCM, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio.

Speaker & Subwoofer Outputs: The TVA2.1 is fitted with a 4-pole detachable screw-down speaker connector to connect a pair of loudspeakers. The screw connector can support up to 12AWG speaker wire and a minimum of a 4Ω speaker load.  There is also a mono-RCA subwoofer output with a fixed 120Hz low-pass filter to connect a powered subwoofer for 2.1ch audio.

Applications: The TVA2.1 can be an excellent addition to many light commercial applications, such as hotel rooms, spas, and restaurants, as well as providing a better audio experience for televisions in the home.

Mounting Options: Its small footprint means the TVA2.1 can be hidden behind the television or mounted in a structured wiring panel for convenience. The amplifier features mounting flanges on either side (mounting screws not included). The amp measures only 9.875" (w) x 6.9375" (h) x 1.1875" (d), and weighs in at 2.0 lbs.

Remote Control: The TVA2.1 volume can be controlled wirelessly from the included IR remote and external IR receiver. The TVA2.1 also has the ability to learn in basic volume functions from any other standard IR remote commonly supplied with your TV.

External Power Supply: The external power supply provides high output power to support full-range of amplifier operation.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.5A
  • Output: 24V - 3750mA, 90W

Protection Circuitry: The TVA2.1 amplifier is designed with special circuitry to safeguard the amplifier under a thermal overload and short-circuit conditions.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

About the only product out there that can do what i need, per the reviews others have achieved exactly what i am trying to do with it. [ Travis  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Recommend by Clarence [ Jeffrey  Aug 17, 2017 ]
Small footprint [ Wayne  Jun 21, 2017 ]
Can use Tv controls for amp speaker volume [ Frank  Apr 04, 2017 ]
Perfect size to go behind TV to power external wall speakers. Avoids sound bar and unnecessary complexity to improving intrinsic TV sound [ Michael  Feb 06, 2017 ]
fits behind TV on my mount, I can program my TiVo remote to adjust volume [ John  Jan 27, 2017 ]
Advisor Recommended it [ Michael  Jan 12, 2017 ]
It was the only thing that would would with my application, need a digital audio in (toslink) to an amplifier for external speakers for my new flatscreen. The TV has no provisions for powering external speakers such as my old tv did. The new TV offers Digital audio out connection only so this was the only product I could find that would mount behind the TV. [ Daniel  Dec 24, 2016 ]
Unique. Fit my need for my fathers tv. He is older. [ James  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Replace soundbar [ Christopher  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Simple solution to bad tv audio [ Ruby  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Size [ S  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Best application for small conference room setup. [ JOEL  Apr 05, 2016 ]
Have an outdoor tv that I need to hook up to speakers. This was the only option. [ Michael  Dec 31, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

Yes, I don't see anything to prevent this. [ David  Jan 20, 2018 ]
Yes. Plug the IR extender into the port labelled IR. [ Ruby  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Sorry, but I do not know. We use the IR sensor that came with the amp, and it works well. It is line of sight so that may or may not be a problem depending on where you want to use it Hope this helps. [ Michael  Jan 18, 2018 ]
I think you could splice in a longer wire. I would also check the manufacturer web site for options. [ Michael  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Yes. The sensor is attached to a ~6 foot cable. So basically you can place the sensor about 6 feet from the unit. [ robert  Jan 18, 2018 ]
The Russound owner's manual states "the mounting wings on the sides of the TVA2.1 amplifier can be used for mounting to the rear of a TV using any 3rd party VESA type mounting panel, or simply by attaching it to a TV mount." For more information or to discuss the mounting options in greater detail, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Sep 29, 2016 ]  Staff
I put in a pair of Polk Audio TSi 200 bookshelf speakers. They sound great with the Russound amp. Nice and clear...but with some bottom too. [ Michael  Dec 10, 2015 ]