How To Connect A Soundbar To A Computer Sans The Mess [2020]
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How to Connect a Soundbar to a Computer

How to Connect a Soundbar to a Computer

Superior sound quality from your computer and your soundbar cannot be enjoyed if the setup is incomplete. To make sure you hook up your new device properly, our experts have a detailed guide below on how to connect a soundbar to a computer.

How to Connect Soundbar to a Computer Through Different Methods

Before you can connect your desktop to your new soundbar, you need to make sure there are compatible connections.

Connecting soundbar to a computer using 3.5mm Jack (AUX Out)

With 3.5mm or aux out connection, it’s as easy as inserting the ends of your cable into the right port on the back of both devices. This is an analog connection similar to soundbar RCA cables and is still quite common when looking at how to connect a soundbar to a computer.

Most modern laptops along with soundbars will still feature this type of connection. In general, a soundbar with RCA connection will also support 3.5mm.

Connecting via Bluetooth

Bluetooth connection is the best way to experience surround sound without the need for messy cables. Bluetooth connection that is enabled in a laptop can pair instantly with a soundbar that has the same connection.

Black computer keyboard with monitor and speaker

You’ll have to turn on Bluetooth in both your PC soundbar and your computer. Once both are in pairing mode, head over to the list of devices on your computer and select your new soundbar. One of the best things about Bluetooth computer speakers and soundbars is you can operate them at a distance.

While Bluetooth gives the convenience of portability, our experts do not recommend placing the bar more than 30 meters or so from the sound source. A weakened connection could result in lagging acoustics and vocals.

Connecting via HDMI

HDMI is recommended by our experts for its simplicity and versatility. It isn’t only an audio cable, HDMI is capable of transmitting video signals as well. Setting up is simple, it’s only a matter of locating the HDMI port on both your PC and your soundbar.

Once you have it, insert each end of the HDMI cable into the corresponding ports. The next step is to go into the settings on your desktop computer or laptop and select the correct audio settings.

Connecting using Optical or SPDIF Cables (Digital Optical Audio)

If you happen to have a custom computer speaker system or surround sound setup with sound cards, then you might see SPDIF cables as an option. They are similar to regular digital optical cable, provide digital audio with a Toslink cable and have a simple setup.

You’ll have to plug in the optical cable into the right ports on both your PC and your soundbar. Once securely plugged in, you may need to go into your PC sound settings and adjust it. If you are still experiencing problems, double-check the sound card. The sound card drivers should be properly installed. 

Sound requirements for Network Audio

Whether you have an Onn soundbar or a Sony TV soundbar, once you hook it up to your computer, the expectations are lowered. This is due to how close one usually sits to the screen and the smaller size of the sounding bar needed to produce high quality audio.

Silver iMac on brown desk

Your soundbar needs to have a clean playback and hopefully even feature some advanced audio technology to support surround sound. Look for sound modes, transducers, modulation [1] and a good sound card for those with customized systems.

Sound cards are compatible with computer speakers and soundbars.

The sound card is responsible for sending audio information, and one that is subpar will affect the quality of your audio. 

Why Should You Use a Soundbar with a Computer?

You may be wondering if you even need a soundbar with your PC. To enjoy anything close to surround sound, our experts express that you will need a soundbar. A soundbar TV will have elevated sound, and a sound bar for your PC will unlock previously muffled sound.

Not only will your PC sounding bar elevate movie content, but they are also designed to work with anything else you might enjoy from your computer such as music, podcasts and videos.

Regular computer speakers just don’t cut it for sound. You would need an external audio device to reach cinematic standards, and while a TV soundbar can do that, it may not be compatible with your PC connections and will take up more space than a smaller yet just as powerful computer audio bar.

Flat screen monitor with speaker on the side

The sound can also be controlled directly from the control panel on your PC bar. This will greatly minimize the hassle of having to interrupt your content and controlling the audio from your computer.

Where Should You Place the Soundbar for Your Computer?

Similar to a living room TV-soundbar setup, our experts advise placing the PC soundbar at the base of your computer screen and near an outlet where the power cable can easily reach. This way, the sound will be projected directly to you with minimal lag.

Are Soundbars too Big for Your PC?

People often wonder if one of the TV soundbars out there can double as a computer soundbar. While our experts say this is possible, a lot of the choices out there are too large for your computer. You may not need such a large sound bar for your PC, especially since most of us have them placed in a smaller space than our living room.

The other issue may be incompatible connections. However, if you find the size to be acceptable and there are compatible connections, you can use a soundbar with your computer.

FAQ

Can you connect a soundbar to a monitor?

Yes, you can connect a soundbar to a monitor. There are two digital methods with HDMI and digital optical, or you may use analog options. The main consideration is compatible connections for both your monitor and audio bar.

How do I connect my Bose soundbar to my computer?

You can connect your Bose soundbar to your computer by identifying the type of connection both devices feature. Once you have figured that out, connect the two devices with the correct cable to use your Bose soundbar with your computer.

How do I connect my soundbar to my computer with HDMI?

You can connect your soundbar to your computer with HDMI easily. First, locate the HDMI ports on the back of both devices and plug in the cable securely to both ports. HDMI is one of the best ways to connect an external device to your PC or laptop.

Conclusion

Connecting your PC audio bar to your desktop or laptop is quite simple. Once you have identified a shared form of connection on both devices, the next step is to plug in the ends of the correct cable into each port. Once connection has been established via wired or wireless methods, you can enjoy enhanced sound from anywhere.

Be sure to input the correct sound settings on your devices and double-check that wired connections are strong by tightly securing the ends of the cables. If you are using Bluetooth, do not place your bar too far away from your desktop.

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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