The first thing you want to do is figure out what type of cables your TV and soundbar use. The back of a typical flat-screen TV has a variety of inputs, including one or more HDMI ports, depending on the particular make and model of the TV. If your soundbar only has an optical input, you need to set up your TV for an ARC connection. In addition, if there are multiple devices connected to your flat-screen television, such as a cable box or gaming console, then be sure that they all have matching connections, i.e., they should all be using either HDMI or RCA cables.
Steps to connect a soundbar to a TV with HDMI
When you’re setting up your Soundbar for the first time, you’re probably feeling excited- something that makes your heart beat fast and your smile light up. Those who live farther away may feel that it is a bit far, but it is a very joyous occasion. The more you use it and experience it, the more you’ll understand.
If both the TV and the soundbar use HDMI cables, this is the easiest option and provides the highest quality sound and pictures for your home theater experience. Plug one end of an HDMI cable into any open HDMI ports on your TV and then plug the other end into the correct input channel on your soundbar (usually marked as Input). Once it’s connected properly, adjust settings such as volume using either remote control unit that came with each device. This has been available with newer televisions since the 2010 model year.
1. Activate both devices by connecting them to power
There is a good chance that you have already connected your TV to power (unless you have just now unboxed that, too). Despite this, people often overlook that their Soundbars require their power source to connect them to their TVs. Since Soundbars are not all the same, yours may use a different type of power input. Connecting your Soundbar to an AC power adapter is the most commonly known way to power it. Sometimes, it is possible to connect the power to your TV, but sometimes it is not.
In either case, be sure you remember the seemingly obvious (and consequently forgettable) step of connecting both devices before you get frustrated thinking that your TV and Soundbar aren’t connected. After that, you should turn on both the TV and the Soundbar to see if any notifications appear before you pair the HDMI cable with your TV.
2. Determine which HDMI input is on the TV
You will now need to establish the HDMI connection ports on your TV and Soundbar, respectively, after plugging in and powering them on. The HDMI cable can be plugged into either device – though it’s essential to check that each device is fully connected (and fully plugged in). HDMI inputs (ARC) are most likely located in the same spot on the TV as other inputs and outputs. Generally, the RCA ports’ red and white input and output connections are the first places to look if you already have cables plugged in.
By looking at the HDMI cable’s end and the port on the TV to ensure they match, you should be able to tell what the cable is. You can check the power and other buttons on your TV if you cannot find the HDMI input port (ARC). You may also contact the manufacturer if you can still locate it. All TVs do not use HDMI cables, but an alternative connection can be made. That will be discussed later.
3. Connect the HDMI cable to the Soundbar’s HDMI port (ARC)
You will need to locate both the HDMI output (ARC) port on your SoundBar and the HDMI input (ARC) port on your TV after you locate the HDMI input (ARC) port on your TV. Typically, there will be fewer ports than your TV, so this should not be a big issue.
As soon as you have plugged the Soundbar into a power source and the cable is connected to the Soundbar, you will be able to connect the Soundbar to your TV.
4. Connect the HDMI cables to the devices
So that you know how to connect an HDMI cable to both your TV and your Soundbar, let’s move on to plugging the cables into both devices. The order in which you connect the TV to the HDMI cable and then the Soundbar does not matter. Just make sure your connections are secure and complete.
5. You will need to adjust your TV’s settings
You will need to adjust your TV’s settings to choose the Soundbar as your preferred speaker output after you have connected the HDMI cable to each device (and both the TV and Soundbar are turned on). The soundbar may automatically become the preferred audio output once it has been plugged in. However, this does not always happen. Even if your TV automatically selects the HDMI option as the Soundbar’s input/output, you might not notice a difference in sound quality streaming.
This is because, even with the HDMI cable plugged in, the soundbar continues to output audio through the internal speakers on the TV. You will need to modify the automatic preferences manually to make the Soundbar usable. The user guide or owner’s TV manual will help you do this. It follows a few general procedures, but it is generally pretty simple.
Your TV will offer something very similar to the Speaker or Audio selection options. You have to go to the Settings option and look for it there. The Soundbar will then be selected as the preferred output method. There may be no need to change the default connection, so you might have to make sure the Soundbar’s HDMI source is set to D.IN.
After reading this article it is concluded that between source media and a Soundbar, HDMI cables transmit video and audio signals. HDMI enables you to acquire high-quality sound and pictures without additional wires because it just requires one.