How to Set Up Samsung Soundbar

Soundbars are great to enhance or increase your audio experience. From single bars to mini-tower speakers, Samsung has a variety of soundbars available on the market. You can have immersive audio, surround sound, or even 3D sound setups, depending on your requirements. If you have bought yourself a new Samsung soundbar and are looking for steps to connect it to the TV, then you have come to the right place. Today you will learn how to set up a Samsung soundbar.

Using soundbars, you will get better sound whether you are watching a movie, playing a game, listening to music, etc. You can adjust bass, treble, effects, and other aspects of sound with soundbars. There are different ways in which you can connect Samsung soundbars to a TV. Read on to check them out.

How to Connect Samsung Soundbar using HDMI

Since HDMI cables transmit sound digitally, connecting the Samsung soundbar to a TV through HDMI will give you the best possible audio experience. This is the preferred method. There are two ways by which you can connect your Samsung soundbar using HDMI. The first is by connecting a device to your soundbar, like a Blu-ray player, then connecting the soundbar to the TV, and the second is by using ARC (Audio Return Channel).

While the first way to connect a soundbar using HDMI will give you the best possible sound from external devices that you regularly use, if you want great sound from streaming apps on your TV and a soundbar, just go with the second way, i.e., ARC.

Using HDMI

As stated earlier, the first way to connect a Samsung Sound Bar is through HDMI. Here’s how you can set it up:

Step 1: First of all, turn off the TV, soundbar, and external device like a Blu-ray player.

Step 2: Now, connect one end of an HDMI cable to an HDMI port on your TV and the other end to the HDMI OUT port on your Samsung soundbar.

Step 3: Next, connect a second HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on the external device and the other end to the HDMI IN port on your Samsung soundbar.

How to Set Up Samsung Sound Bar

Step 4: Power on the Samsung soundbar and the external device.

Step 5: On the soundbar, tap the Source button until you see “HDMI” on the display.

Step 6: Power on the TV and change its source to the HDMI port to which you have connected the Samsung soundbar.

Done! You have successfully connected the soundbar to the TV. Now, your TV will display images from the external device, and its audio will play in the soundbar.

If you want the soundbar to turn on automatically as soon as you turn on the connected device, you need to enable Anynet+ on the Samsung soundbar. To do so, press the right navigation button (or Anynet+ button) on the soundbar’s remote.

Using HDMI ARC

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) allows certain TVs and soundbars to transfer audio back and forth using just a single HDMI cable, meaning you can use one HDMI port as both an input and an audio output. Here’s how you can set it up:

Step 1: Firstly, turn on your TV and Samsung soundbar.

Step 2: Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI IN (ARC) port of your TV and the other end to the HDMI OUT (TV-ARC) port on the Samsung soundbar.

How to Set Up Samsung Sound Bar

Step 3: Now, switch the source of your soundbar to the D.IN. setting.

Step 4: After a few moments, “TV ARC” will show on the soundbar, and the TV will transfer audio through the soundbar.

Connect Samsung Soundbar using an Optical Cable

You can also connect your Samsung Soundbar to your TV using an optical cable (Tos-Link). With this method, you will hear the same sound as with an HDMI cable as it transmits digital sound. Here’s how you can set it up:

Step 1: Power on the TV and soundbar.

Step 2: Connect one end of the optical cable to the Optical OUT port on the TV and the other end to the Digital Audio In (Optical) port on the soundbar.

How to Set Up Samsung Sound Bar

Step 3: Tap the Source button on the soundbar or remote control and select the D.IN. setting.

Step 4: Set the speaker output to external on your TV.

Step 5: Go to Settings and press Up on the navigation keys to highlight Quick Settings.

Step 6: Tap the right directional key to highlight the TV speaker and press select to change it to Optical (external speakers).

Connect Samsung Sound Bar using an AUX Cable

You can also use an auxiliary (AUX) cable to connect your Samsung soundbar to a TV or external devices. Since AUX cables use an analog connection, the sound won’t be as good as you get with HDMI or optical cables.

Step 1: First of all, power on the soundbar and TV.

Step 2: Connect one end of the cable to the AUX IN jack of the soundbar and the other end to the AUDIO OUT jack on the other device.

How to Set Up Samsung Sound Bar

Step 3: Tap the Source button on the soundbar and set the AUX mode.

Connect Samsung Soundbar using Bluetooth

Similar to the AUX, this method does not provide the same quality as HDMI or optical cable ones. If you want to connect your soundbar wirelessly, this method is for you. Additionally, with this method, connections become unstable or disconnected due to power loss or connectivity.

Step 1: Tap the Source button on the soundbar and select BT.

Step 2: Now, you will see BT Pairing after a few moments, and look for a Bluetooth device to connect to.

Step 3: Once it’s in pairing mode, navigate to Source using the remote and choose Connection Guide. Select Audio Device > Bluetooth.

Step 4: Press Right on the TV remote and follow the on-screen instructions to connect it.

Alternatively, you can go to Settings once the soundbar is in pairing mode, select Sound > Sound Output, and select Bluetooth Speaker List or Audio Device. Finally, choose your soundbar.

How to Set Up Samsung Sound Bar

Connect Samsung Soundbar using WiFi

Connecting a Samsung Soundbar using WiFi gives users a wider range of connections compared to Bluetooth ones. Here’s how you can connect them:

Step 1: Tap the Source button on the soundbar remote and switch to WiFi mode.

Step 2: Open the SmartThings app on your phone and tap the ‘+’ icon, then select Device > AV.

Step 3: Select the Samsung soundbar and tap Start, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 4: Now, it will search for the soundbar and connect to it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Won’t My Samsung Soundbar Connect to My TV?

If your Samsung soundbar is not connecting to your TV, it could be because of faulty connections, settings issues, hardware malfunctions, and others. Also, make sure that your TV is set to use external speakers and that you have chosen the correct input source from which you have connected the soundbar.

Can I Connect My Samsung Soundbar to TV Wirelessly?

Yes, you can connect your Samsung soundbar to a TV wirelessly via Bluetooth. To do so, look for a Bluetooth pairing button on the soundbar remote, or press the Source button on the soundbar and select BT. When you see BT READY on the soundbar display, long press the Source button until you see BT PAIRING. Next, go to your TV sound settings, select sound output, and choose your Bluetooth soundbar.

So, this is all about how you can set up a Samsung sound bar. You can choose from different methods and connect your soundbar, whether it’s HDMI, HDMI ARC, optical cable, AUX cable, Bluetooth, or even WiFi.

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