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How to connect Soundbar to a TV

Nowadays we have several options for connecting the various devices, however, there are many different connectors and cables available out there and it is difficult to decide which one of them you wish to use for getting the best out of your kit. One such problem is how to connect a soundbar to TV? In this article, we will take a look at some methods which will tell you how to set up a soundbar to get the best possible quality of sound.

Normally there are 2 ways which will tell you how to hook up a soundbar to the TV or some other kits. The soundbar may be used as a hub and you can pass several devices to it meaning, you can use a single cable for the TV. Otherwise, you may set up a soundbar as a speaker and then use other means for connecting other devices to your TV. After this, the TV can be connected to the soundbar. All these options depend mainly on the soundbar you are using and whether the TV in question is ARC compatible or not. Let us start with an option that provides better audio quality.

Connecting Soundbar to TV options

Before we continue, here are some options for soundbars for specific TV’s:

Best soundbar for Samsung TV

Best soundbar for TCL-Roku TV


When there is the question, how to connect a Samsung soundbar for example to TV, by far your best alternative will be by using the HDMI cable. This is because these cables carry with them large quantities of digital audio data which is uncompressed. The HDMI cable is capable of coping with any sound system which is between 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound or even higher. HDMI cables are also capable of processing new cinematic experiences such as Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X. However, you need to ensure that you are connecting it to the proper port.

Almost all the HDMI ports on your TV are input-only and it means that they cannot send anything from your TV. These ports are capable only of receiving the data from the device they are connected to. When you are interested in connecting the soundbar by using HDMI, the TV must be capable of supporting the HDMI-ARC (Audio Return Channel) and it means that audios can travel in either direction of the cable. If the TV is capable of supporting the ARC connections, it is possible to connect all the kits such as set-top boxes, games consoles, etc. to the soundbar. In this case, a single HDMI cable can be utilized for the TV to soundbar connection.

When you connect to the TV by using the HDMI-ARC you have to ensure that you are using either HDMI Out or HDMI-ARC from the soundbar. You must make use of HDMI for the connection of other kits such as a Blu-ray player or gaming consoles to the soundbar. However, having said that you must remember that all soundbars will not be available with HDMI connectors. You will only find the HDMI on the middle or higher-end kits. But if you don’t have one it’s not a problem so don’t worry. We will see how to achieve a digital audio experience when HDMI is not an alternative.

Digital Optical

When the soundbar does not have HDMI connectors all is not lost. The next best alternative is using a digital optical or a digital coaxial cable. The digital optical cable is capable of transferring the digital audio having surround sound of up to 5.1. When you are not sure what is what, the optical cable also has square connectors and the coaxial cables have circular connectors.

The optical cables are slightly different in the sense that they transform the electrical signal into optical light for sending it down the cable. At the other end, the optical light is converted back to an electrical signal. Most users prefer this method over the use of coaxial cables as it means lesser electrical interference. However, the truth is that it is not even possible to tell the difference. Both cables are capable of transmitting higher-quality digital signals. However, before you go out and buy the cable it will be a good idea to check the back of your TV. Almost all modern TVs come with optical connectors however, all the TVs don’t support the digital coaxial.

Headphone Jack

When these options mentioned above are not available you can solve the problem of how to connect a soundbar to a Television by using the headphone jack. However, you must adjust the volume of the TV initially or it will sound terrible. There is an option available in the settings of certain TVs such as JVC for changing the functions of the Headphone Jack into line-out connections. It means that there is no need to adjust sound settings. There is a possibility that your TV does not have this alternative. In such an event just adjust your bass, treble, and volume settings until you get the desired sound. And keep in mind that the things plugged in the headphone jack have its volume reduced for safety reasons. Therefore you will have to turn up the TV volume a great deal higher than normal. And remember to turn it down again before unplugging the soundbar.


You can also connect the soundbar to the TV by using Bluetooth. It is possible to have stereo sound this way without worrying about connecting any cables to the TV. To do this, initially, you have to switch the soundbar to a pairing mode. The simplest way of doing this is by pressing the Pair button on the soundbar remote control. In case you don’t have a remote don’t worry, just use the soundbar source button? Keep the Source button pressed until it shows BT. After a short period of time, it will say BT Ready. Now press and hold the source button until the display shows BT Pairing. If you need help picking a budget soundbar, read this article for options under 200.


Remember, the soundbar gives an awesome sound quality to your TV. It is quite versatile and is simple to set up. There are many methods for connecting the soundbar to your TV. We have seen some above and they are pretty useful to enhance your movie-watching experience. Just make sure that the soundbar software is up to date. You can do this by checking online for the latest firmware and by learning the various connection options.

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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