Polk Soundbar Setup — Go the Easy Route!

Polk Soundbar Setup

The confusing setup of a new Polk soundbar can be enough to make you give up. To help you get your motivation back, our experts have put together a clear guide on Polk soundbars setup so you can go from unboxing to enjoying elevated sound in a matter of minutes.

Setting Up Your Polk Soundbar

Polk Soundbar Setup by Connecting via HDMI Input

To connect the soundbar via HDMI input, you need to first check if your TV has an HDMI input as well. If both your soundbar and TV have the relevant connection ports, one cable is all you will need for setup.

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your TV’s “HDMI Out” port and the other end into the soundbar’s “HDMI In” port. You will then need to go into the “Settings” on your TV and enable the HDMI connection.

Our experts recommend HDMI input as the primary connection for your Polk soundbar setup as it can support the highest quality content including 4K, 8K and Blu-Ray resolution content, as well as the most advanced audio technologies such as Dolby and DTS.

Polk Soundbar Setup by Connecting via Optical Input

If your TV or soundbar lacks the HDMI connection port, then the next best option suggested by our audio team is the optical input connection method. It can also support high-quality digital content up to 5.1.

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Check to see where the digital optical connection ports are located on both your TV and soundbar and plug one end of the included digital optical cable to the “Digital Optical In” port on the soundbar and the other end into the “Digital Optical Out” port on your TV.

When both ends are securely inserted, some popular soundbars will require you to go to the settings and change the source of the sound to the soundbar by selecting “Source” on your TV.

Pairing with Subwoofer

If your Polk soundbar comes with its own wireless subwoofer, the two devices will be automatically compatible. The subwoofer will be programmed to receive the wireless signal from the soundbar and connect on its own. All you need to do is to make sure the power cord for the subwoofer is plugged in and the power is turned on.

If your soundbar and subwoofer are having trouble pairing, then turn off the subwoofer and hold down the “Sync” button on the back of the soundbar until the LED light [1] on the soundbar starts to blink. This means that the soundbar is ready to pair with the sub and indicates when you should turn your subwoofer back on.

Once the subwoofer is turned back on, you should see the LED indicator light turn green to signal that both devices are paired and ready to use.

How to Connect Polk Soundbar to Wifi

Another easy method for your Polk soundbar setup is via Wi-Fi. To ensure the strongest and most stable connection, you should place the soundbar close to your wireless router or vice versa.

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Once your soundbar is connected to a power outlet, there should be an indicator light on the bar that starts blinking rapidly then slows to a pulsing, which means that it is ready for connection. If your soundbar light does not slow, press the Wi-Fi setup button until you hear a second tone.

When your soundbar is ready, you need to download the Polk Omni App on your phone via an app store and follow the instructions to set up the Wi-Fi connection.

Polk Soundbar Setup through Bluetooth Pairing

Enabling your Polk soundbar for Bluetooth pairing is another easy Polk soundbar setup option. You’ll need to locate the Bluetooth button on the soundbar unit or the remote control to turn on the function. Then, go into your mobile device and find your Polk soundbar in the list of devices. 

The process is similar to the setting up of Sanyo soundbars.


How do I pair my Polk soundbar?

You can pair your Polk soundbar by enabling Bluetooth on the soundbar and your computer, phone, or tablet, and then locating the soundbar on the list of devices.

Why is my Polk soundbar not working?

Your Polk soundbar is not working either due to connection issues or your settings. Check the cables to make sure they are securely inserted and restart your soundbar if necessary.

How do I connect my Polk soundbar to my Samsung TV?

You can connect your Polk soundbar to your Samsung TV with HDMI, digital optical or analog connections. Plug the cables into the corresponding ports to set up a connection.

How do I reset my Polk sound bar?

You can reset your Polk sound bar by pressing the “Power”, “Source” and “Volume +” buttons on the bar for 10 seconds. When all LED indicator lights are flashing, this means that the soundbar has been reset. Doing a reset erases all previous settings.

Polk Soundbar Setup Conclusion

Your Polk soundbar setup should be easy. You should go from unboxing to enjoying elevated sound in a matter of minutes. HDMI connection is always recommended by our experts as the prime connection due to its simple setup and capability of relaying the highest quality sound. 

We have guides for other brands as well! Check how to set up iLive soundbars here.


Willie Greer
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.