When you have a soundbar set up as a substitute for the standard speakers integrated into your television, music becomes more immersive, dialogue becomes more distinct, and bass sounds truly kick. Your TV may receive a significant improvement in audio fidelity and power from a soundbar. Fortunately, understanding how to connect a soundbar to a TV is simple.
How to connect soundbar to TV
Most TVs will automatically recognize when you’ve linked a new audio device, and most soundbars are rather simple to install.
How to connect your TV and Soundbar depends on whether ports are available on each device.
Learn how the ports on the back of your soundbar work before you start plugging in cords. If you’re unsure what something means, refer to the user guide sent with the product.
- Choose Your Connection Method
- Adjust the audio output settings after connecting your devices.
- Turn your TV on.
- Activate the Sound Bar.
- Change the audio output option on your TV from TV to audio system.
Understand what each connection port does
You’re most likely to see the well-known HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector. High-quality audio and video are transmitted simultaneously by HDMI wires, while a soundbar only receives audio.
An optical digital audio port might also be included, either by itself or next to an HDMI cable. As the eARC standard has replaced this connector, later models have gradually stopped using it. It wouldn’t be as good as what you would get with HDMI eARC, but you would still get excellent audio.
The smallest, oldest, and cheapest soundbars could also have a 3.5mm analog audio cable connection. One can make a more direct (and dependable) internet connection via the Ethernet port on the second-generation Sonos Beam.
Connect your TV to your soundbar
Unfortunately, choosing HDMI cables is more difficult than it ought to be. Any cable that supports HDMI ARC can also support HDMI eARC, although the most modern (and greatest) “ultra high-speed HDMI cable” or “HDMI with Ethernet” must be marked on the cable in order to work (which features the best resolutions and bitrate).
Remember that HDMI cables should identify the standards they support on their packaging or internet listings. Even better if your soundbar already has one.
Finally, arrange your TV and soundbar in the desired location (along with your subwoofer, if one is involved), then turn on the TV before turning on the soundbar. If all goes according to plan, the two devices should successfully link and begin functioning almost immediately.
Finish installing the soundbar
It’s not very difficult to connect a soundbar to a TV, and in most cases, your equipment will function right away—especially if you have more recent hardware that complies with the most recent standards. If you want to hear the difference in the audio quality, try watching a movie or sports.
Additionally, spend some time experimenting with your TV’s audio settings. Although we are unable to provide instructions for every model, it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate the audio options menu using your TV remote.
To compel sound to come out of your speaker, which is connected instead of the default TV’s speakers, you may occasionally need to expressly select the soundbar as the audio output. You may also discover that you may change the audio output quality and activate additional functions (such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X).
Although once more, we are unable to provide you with a detailed tutorial for every soundbar available, your soundbar may have a few settings you can experiment with. The Sonos Beam (Gen. 2) offers touch controls for volume control on the device. It also comes with a companion mobile app that lets you beam audio to the device directly from apps on your phone, for example.
All that’s left to do is take advantage of your new soundbar’s features and better audio quality. If nothing works as it should, try switching it with a different HDMI port on your TV, using a different HDMI cable (preferably a brand-new one), and exploring your television’s audio options.
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