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How to Connect a Soundbar to TCL Roku TV

Hooking up a soundbar to a TCL Roku TV is not that different than connecting another soundbar to a different TV brand. It’s easy if you have the right components. Let’s take a look at how.

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How To Connect

The first thing you need to do is to figure out which form of connection you plan to use. It needs to be one that is compatible with both devices, meaning both devices need the same connection.

Once you have the proper connections, you can turn on your TV and look for the proper settings. Go into settings (input) and choose the right connection (HDMI ARC, digital optical, RCA, etc.). 

Double-check that all the inputs are pushed all the way in and are completely secure. If not, this could lead to one-sided audio or severe lag, or even no sound at all. 

Once all the connections have been secured and double-checked, you can then test the sound. Turn on the TV, play your favorite movie, and wait for the impressive sound to come out of your excellent soundbar.

With most TVs being smart options now the setup and settings should be quite straightforward. To make things easier, we have condensed the process into a few simple steps:

  1. Connect the soundbar to the TCL Roku TV
  2. Turn on both devices
  3. Turn on “settings” on your TV
  4. Click on “control other devices”
  5. Enable the connection you chose
  6. Then head to system audio control on the main menu
  7. Enable the connection you chose
  8. Return to Home and the sound should be emitted from the soundbar

There are additional considerations if you want to connect your soundbar to a receiver.

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Setting For The Best Performance

For the best sound setting, set the device to Dolby D+ or DTS mode. This will enable the surround sound audio.

You want to go for high-quality surround sound audio for unsurpassed sound. Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos and DTS technology [1] are the ones that grace home systems and mimic a theater sound system.

If your soundbar is capable of decoding this type of audio, then follow the steps below to enable this capability.

  1. Go to “settings” on your TCL Roku TV
  2. Choose “audio”
  3. Set the HDMI option or whichever connection to one of the above surround sound technologies
  4. Then do the same in “audio mode”
  5. Return to your home screen and enjoy surround sound!

One thing you can be sure of is that with a soundbar connected to your Roku TV, it will elevate and enhance the sound produced by the TV speakers. It will not only improve your viewing experience but surround sound is now the standard for entertainment.

Watch and feel the events spring to life on screen and feel like you are a part of the action with the right soundbar connection and settings.

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What soundbars work with TCL Roku TV?

Soundbars that work with the TCL Roku TV include the Sonos Beam, Bose soundbar, Polk soundbar, Yamaha Yas-207 and of course, the soundbar of the same brand, the TCL Alto. Most soundbars are compatible with most TVs.

How do I connect my soundbar to my TCL Roku TV with an optical cable?

Connect your soundbar to your TCL Roku TV by plugging in the optical cable into the corresponding ports on both devices. The input and output should be clearly labeled on the back of both.

How do I connect my soundbar to my TCL Roku TV without HDMI?

Connect your soundbar to your TCL Roku TV with digital optical, analog, RCA or 3.5mm cables. Digital connections are generally better than analog ones because they are able to process and decode better sound. For surround sound, you definitely need digital.

Can I connect a Bluetooth soundbar to my TCL Roku TV?

No, you cannot connect a Bluetooth device to the TV itself. You can only pair Bluetooth devices if you use the TCL Roku wireless speakers or the smart soundbar. For connection to the TCL Roku TV, you would still need a wired connection.

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Connecting a soundbar to a TCL Roku TV isn’t that different than other brands. Unfortunately, wireless connection to your Roku TV can only be achieved via connection through other devices. Choose digital connection over analog for better sound and follow our steps closely for easy setup.

Sometimes, sound quality coming out of your device depends on its position. Get help on how to mount your soundbar for optimum experience, next!

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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