Samsung Soundbar Setup – Get The Best Settings!

Samsung Soundbar Setup

Setting up devices can be a real headache. From unboxing to enjoying crystal clear enhanced sound, it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to set up your Samsung soundbar. To help make the process easy and painless, our experts have put together a list to help with your Samsung soundbar setup.

Setting Up Your Samsung Soundbar

Different Samsung Soundbar Setup Connection Options

There are four primary ways to connect your setting up your Samsung soundbar: HDMI, digital optical, auxiliary cable, or Bluetooth [1]

HDMI is the best way to connect your devices and is the recommended choice from our experts for your Samsung soundbar setup. It will transmit digital audio flawlessly and deliver the best high-resolution audio by supporting all the latest and most advanced audio technologies such as Dolby Digital and DTS.

You start by turning off both devices and identifying the HDMI ports on both devices. You should then proceed with plugging one end of the cable into the HDMI “out” port on the soundbar and the other into the HDMI port on the TV. 

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After both ends are securely plugged in, you can turn on both devices and change the source to HDMI. You can do this by pressing on “Source” and then “Function”. Choose HDMI afterward.

Digital optical cable is easy to set up as well. You should identify the ports on both devices and insert the cable into the optical “out” port on the TV and the other to the “in” port on your Samsung soundbar.

To change the source of the audio on your soundbar, you should press “source” then “D.IN”. When that is completed, change the speaker output on your TV to external sources by going into the settings.

You also have the option of connecting your Samsung soundbar with an auxiliary cable, which is an analog option. It will not be able to support digital content or produce surround sound. 

To use the auxiliary cable, connect one end into the “aux in’” jack on the soundbar and the other to “aux out” on your TV. Once connected, press the “Source” button on the soundbar and press “aux mode”.

Aside from HDMI, digital input is also a great consideration. Know more about digital input in a Samsung soundbar here. 

How to Connect via Bluetooth

Bluetooth is convenient, and although it doesn’t match up to HDMI quality, the convenience is still enticing. To start your Samsung soundbar setup via Bluetooth, put your soundbar into pairing mode by pressing the corresponding button on the remote.

Once it’s ready to pair, put your TV into Bluetooth mode by going into “Settings” and clicking “Sound”. Head over to “Sound Output” and select “Bluetooth speakers list” and choose your soundbar.

How to Connect Samsung Soundbar to Wifi

If your soundbar has Wi-Fi connectivity, there should be a button on the soundbar or remote labeled “Wi-Fi”. When the function is selected with the TV on, instructions should pop up on the screen. After following the instructions you can connect your soundbar to the same Wi-Fi system via the Samsung Multiroom app to get it working.

Controlling Soundbar Using Samsung TV Remote

Once set up, you will be able to control your soundbar volume levels and input proper settings using your Samsung remote.

You can do this by using the TV remote and going into “Settings” then clicking “Sound”. After that, choose “Sound Output” on your TV and locate your soundbar. After that you should be able to navigate your soundbar settings with the remote.

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If you have a Samsung TV with your Samsung soundbar, the TV remote should be able to automatically control the soundbar by default.

Samsung Soundbar Subwoofer Pairing

Many soundbars come with an external wireless sub. Subwoofer pairing should happen automatically with a Samsung soundbar. 

Just plug the power cord of the subwoofer in and wait for the sub to connect. You will know stable connection has been established when the blinking LED light turns solid.

Best Settings for Samsung Soundbar Setup

Depending on what sound modes and audio enhancements your Samsung soundbar has, our experts suggest utilizing the best fitting one for your particular content. For example, when watching movies, dialogue enhancing technology is important.

Depending on your preferences, you can also enter expert settings by tuning the balance, equalizer, bass, sound feedback and more. The Samsung HW-Q900T, for example, has the EQ and presets to customize the sound that you want. All of the tuning and adjustments can be done via the settings menu. 


How do I setup my Samsung sound bar?

You can set up your Samsung sound bar by identifying the compatible connections on both your TV and your soundbar, plugging in the cables, and setting the audio source to the correct connection mode.

How do I reset my Samsung sound bar?

You can reset your Samsung sound bar by turning it off and holding down the “Stop” button until you see “INIT OK” on the soundbar. Afterward, you should power it back on.

How do I sync my Samsung Soundbar?

You can sync your Samsung soundbar by navigating to the “Home” screen on your TV. You should choose “Settings”, then “Sound”, and then “Expert Settings”. Afterward, go into “Wireless Speaker Manager”, choose “Bluetooth Audio Devices” and locate your soundbar.

Why is my Samsung Soundbar not connecting?

Your Samsung soundbar is not connecting due to improper connection. The most likely issue is loose or malfunctioning cables. You should make sure that the jacks are securely connected. You can also try different cables.

How do you pair a Samsung soundbar to a Samsung TV?

You can pair your Samsung soundbar to a Samsung TV by putting both devices into pairing mode and then going into your TV “Settings” and clicking “Sound”. Head over to “Sound Output”, select “Bluetooth Speakers List” and choose your soundbar.

Samsung Soundbar Setup Conclusion

Samsung soundbar setups are very easy with various connection methods available. Our experts recommend Bluetooth for convenience and a clutter-free setup. For quality, our audio team suggests HDMI for proper relays of the highest-quality sound and support of the most advanced audio technologies.

The digital optical connection can also handle digital audio frequencies but the HDMI still supports higher quality relays. An analog auxiliary cable is available for old school content and is still easy to set up, but unfortunately cannot support Dolby and DTS technologies or simulate surround sound.

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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