How to Connect a Soundbar To Your TV

- Updated August 21, 2019

These days there are several options available for you to connect your sound bar to TV. Different connectors and cables have been made over the years to enhance your experience. However, with so many options available it can be a little difficult to choose the one which will provide you with the best results.

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This article will provide you with different options available for connecting your soundbar to television.

Usually there are two basic ways of connecting your soundbar to your television. You can either connect all your devices to the TV by setting up your soundbar as a speaker and then connect it to the TV. Or your soundbar can be used as a center point and various gadgets can be connected to it. Hence you will only be required to connect your TV with one cable. The type of connection you will get relies upon if your TV is ARC and on the type of soundbar you have.

Let’s look at a few ways of how to connect a soundbar to a TV to achieve the best quality of sound.

1.    How to Connect a Soundbar To Your TV – Best solution: HDMI

The very first and best option for you is HDMI. An HDMI connection is one of the most commonly used and reliable ways to connect your soundbar to your television. This is because HDMI cables have been made to convey a lot of uncompressed computerized sound data. Majority of the HDMI ports are able to adapt to any stable sound system from 5.1 to 7.1 encompass sound, and considerably higher. Furthermore, these are also compatible with new technologies such as Dolby atmos and DTS: X.

Usually HDMI ports are only able to accept signals from whatever device they are connected to and not send any signal from the TV, hence these are input only. Your soundbar can be connected to your television only if your Television is HDMI compatible.

On the other hand, it is possible to get your soundbar connected to all of your kit (such as game consoles) and then connect the soundbar to your television using only a HDMI cable.

2.    Digital optical or digital coaxial

If your soundbar does not accompany an HDMI connector, digital optical connector is the next best choice for you. Digital coaxial and digital optical cables are able to transfer around 5.1 surround sound digital audio.

To differentiate between the two, you can check which one has a square connector, the one with a square connector is an optical cable and the one with a circular connector is a coaxial cable. The difference between square connector and circular connector is that optical cables convert electrical signals to optical light waves before sending them down the cable. At the other end, the light waves are converted back to electrical signals. Due to lower electrical interference, this is the option that people usually prefer rather than opting for coaxial cable. But since both have been made for transferring high quality digital sound, there is not much difference between the both.

However, you might want to check if your TV supports digital coaxial cable as optical connector is usually supported on most of the TVs, but digital coaxial is not.

3.    3.5mm line out or RCA

Stereo RCA input/output sockets are quite easy to identify as these usually come with white circular connectors or red circular connectors. Also, these are pretty easy to connect, all you have to do is to connect white connecters into the white output socket and the red connectors into the red socket provided on your television. Once this is done, it can connect the cable to the soundbar. On the other hand, if your television is not stereo RCA output compatible and you use a device such as Blu-ray player or DVD then it is possible to connect these devices with the soundbar as well.

You simply need to ensure you don’t use the headphone jack and instead utilize the one named ‘line out’ on your television with the 3.5mm line out connector – as both of them appear to be identical. The sound quality is going to be very bad if you connect the soundbar with the headphone jack. So, this is one thing you might want to keep in mind.

All you are required to do is to connect the other end to the soundbar once the cable has been plugged into the line-out port.

4.    Headphone jack

If the above-mentioned options do not work with your television, it is possible to make use of the headphone jack to connect your soundbar to the television. However, if you opt for this option you will probably have to change the volume setting of your television.

However, there are a few options where you won’t need to modify the sound settings. This works with the televisions that offer the option to change to line-out’ connection. If this option is not offered on the television set that you have, then you might have to modify the treble, bass and volume settings on your television to make the sound quality better. Also, you should keep in mind that due to safety reasons, the volume of anything that is connected into the headphone jack is usually very low. And due to this reason, you might have to increase the volume of your television much higher than you typically would. You also have to remember to bring the volume down when you unplug the soundbar.

How to Connect a Soundbar To Your TV Conclusion:

These are the most reliable ways of how to connect soundbar to TV. The setting up process for all options is quite easy and simple once you understand the instructions.


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