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How to connect Samsung Soundbar to Samsung TV

Not sure if you connected the soundbar to your TV correctly? Or do you just want to make sure how to connect the devices correctly and not make a mistake? Then this article will help you.

Why Samsung Soundbar worth your attention

Almost everyone has Bluetooth devices, and Samsung isn’t one step away from improving its Bluetooth technology. And having a Soundbar from the South Korean manufacturer is a guarantee of a perfect experience when watching movies and playing video games. Besides the fact that you have the possibility to connect the device wirelessly, there is also an option to connect the soundbar through HDMI or optical cable.

And it’s the variability of methods that gives you an opportunity to both improve the sound quality and have the possibility to connect consoles and other devices to the Soundbar, like set-top boxes.

How to connect devices via Bluetooth

The first and the fastest way, of course, is to try to connect the Soundbar to the Samsung TV via Bluetooth, as this is its default function. Exactly with Bluetooth, you’ll not have to bother with wires and hide them not to spoil the appearance of your interior. So here’s a guide on how to connect both devices via Bluetooth:

  • The first step is to press the Source button on the soundbar and then select the BT preset on the soundbar. The text BT changes to BT PAIRING in a few seconds if there is no connection record, and the text changes to BT READY if there is one
  • When the message BT READY shows on the soundbar, press and hold the Source button for more than 5 seconds to bring up the message BT PAIRING
  • Use your TV remote to go to Sources and select Connection Guide. Once there, you have to find a device you want to connect with
  • As an alternative option, you can go to Home, then select Settings > Sound > Sound Output

Depending on your TV model you’ll see either Bluetooth Speaker List or Bluetooth Audio Device. There will be a list of all accessible audio devices.

How to connect devices via HDMI cable

So, in case you don’t have Bluetooth, or you want to have better sound quality, it’s the connection via HDMI cable that will improve your performance.

There are two ways to connect your soundbar to your television using HDMI: you can connect a device to your soundbar (such as a Blu-ray player) and then connect the soundbar to the television, or you can use an ARC (Audio Return Channel) connection (Audio Return Channel)

Via HDMI cable

  • Turn off the television, the soundbar
  • Then, connect one end of an HDMI cable to an HDMI port on your television and the other end to a soundbar
  • The other end of the cable should be connected to the HDMI OUT connector on your soundbar

How to connect devices via HDMI with ARC support

And this HDMI cable connection option will improve the quality of sound when watching streaming services and makes it easier to work with the remote, as it allows you to control the soundbar’s power and volume without the need to preset mentioned remote.

  • Turn on both your TV and speaker
  • Connect one end of an HDMI cable to the HDMI IN (ARC) port on your television, and the other end to the other end of the cable
  • The other end of the cable should be plugged into the HDMI OUT (TV-ARC) connection on your soundbar
  • After that, switch the soundbar’s source to the D.IN. input setting
  • After a few seconds, the message TV ARC will show on the soundbar’s display, and the audio from the TV will be sent through the soundbar

How to connect devices via Optical cable

The principle of the optical cable is the same as that of HDMI. With this cable, you can connect third-party gadgets to your TV, and at the same time, you’ll be able to bring sound to the Soundbar through another cable. Yes, there are a lot of cables, but you’ll have options and variety. Here is how to do it:

  • First, switch on the television and soundbar and connect one end of a digital optical cable to the OPTICAL OUT connector on the television
  • Plug in the opposite end of the cable into the DIGITAL AUDIO IN (OPTICAL) port on the soundbar
  • Select the D.IN. setting on the soundbar or the remote by pressing the source button on the remote or soundbar
  • Finally, on the television, the speaker output must be set to external speakers
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu and then press Up on the navigation arrows to bring up the Quick settings
  • Use the right directional arrow to select TV Speaker and then pick Optical to alter the speaker type (external speakers)

These were the main methods to connect Samsung Soundbar to Samsung TV, the connection principle of other soundbars and TVs is very similar, so you can use them for other devices, but remember that there can still be differences.

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