How to Connect a Soundbar to a Samsung TV

Last Update date : Jan 12. 2023

Although the sound quality of the built-in speakers of the Samsung Smart TV are top-notch, adding a wireless or Bluetooth speaker or connecting your TV to a soundbar can enhance the audio output for maximum immersion in movies and games. Experience your Smart TV to the fullest with richer sound and increased audio quality. Find the most suitable connection method by referring to the steps below. 

Soundbar Q700A
Connect using HDMI

Using a HDMI cable to connect your soundbar to the TV will give you the best audio quality. HDMI cables transmit sound digitally and the digital audio signal travels both ways which will improve the sound quality and latency of the signal. Follow the steps below to connect your soundbar to the TV.

tv connecting hdmi earc

Note: To learn more about using HDMI eARC, head to our guide What eARC is and how to set on Samsung Smart TV

1 Connect one end of an HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your TV (ARC/eARC port)
2 Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI ARC/eARC or HDMI OUT port on your soundbar
3 Turn on your soundbar and TV
4 Press the multi function icon Multi-function button on the soundbar to select D.IN mode. The screen displays D.IN and TV eARC/ARC in sequence

Note: If TV eARC/ARC does not appear in the display window of the Soundbar main unit, confirm that the HDMI cable is connected to the correct port.

5 For your Samsung TV, press the Home button on your remote control and then select Menu
Select Menu

Note: Images were taken from a 2022 model TV. Steps and layout may differ depending on the model of your TV.

6 Navigate to Settings then All Settings
Choose Settings then All Settings
7 Choose Sound then Sound Output
Select Sound
8 Select your connected soundbar
Select Bluetooth Speaker List
Connect via Bluetooth

A Bluetooth connection doesn't produce the same sound quality as HDMI but it's loved because of the advantage of being wireless. The main challenge with Bluetooth is that the connection can be unstable due to external factors like a power outage or other electric devices. Bluetooth is still a nice and easy option to have.

1 Press the Source button on the soundbar to BT Pairing
BT Pairing
2 For Samsung TVs, press the Home button on your remote control and then select Menu

Note: Images were taken from a 2022 model TV. Steps and layout may differ depending on the model of your TV.

Select Menu
3 Navigate to Settings then All Settings
Choose Settings then All Settings
4 Choose Sound then Sound Output
Select Sound
5 Choose Bluetooth Speaker List
Select your soundbar
7 Choose Pair and Connect
Choose Pair and COnnect
Connect using Wi-Fi

Benefits of using Wi-Fi
  • Wider range: Wi-Fi allows you a wider range than Bluetooth. In general, a Bluetooth connection is only possible within 30 feet. However, Wi-Fi relies only on the strength of the Wi-Fi signal, so if your devices are within the network, you can play music.
  • Multiple connections: When you use Wi-Fi, you can connect multiple soundbars to your network. It is possible because of the wide range of Wi-Fi. Therefore, you can use Wireless Audio 360 systems simultaneously and enjoy a high quality sound.
connect with wifi

Note: 

  • We recommend to use devices with Android 6.0 and higher or iOS 10.0 and higher to access features supported in the SmartThings app.
  • For 2016-2018 TV models, if you select Wi-Fi mode when the TV is turned on, the automatic connection method will be displayed on the screen.
  • The TV and Soundbar must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network

Connect your Soundbar to TV with SmartThings App

Follow the steps below to connect your Soundbar to your TV with Wi-Fi via the SmartThings app.

1. Download the SmartThings app on your device's Play/App Store, install it. Then open the app

2. Select Devices then press on the ‘+’ button

3. Select Samsung

4. Tap on Start

5. Press the Volume Down on your Soundbar when instructed

6. Choose your Wi-Fi network
Note: If the 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection is not smooth, try to use the 2.4 GHz bandwidth.

Connect via Optical

Using an optical cable is a great way to connect your soundbar to the TV. This type of cable transmits digital sound, so you can hear every detail.

1 Turn on the TV and Soundbar
2 Connect one end of a digital optical cable to the OPTICAL OUT port on the TV and the other end to the DIGITAL AUDIO IN (OPTICAL) port on the soundbar
connect with an optical cable
3 Press the multi function icon Multi-function button on the soundbar to select D.IN mode
4 For Samsung TVs, press the Home button on your remote control and then select Menu

Note: Images were taken from a 2022 model TV. Steps and layout may differ depending on the model of your TV.

Select Menu
5 Navigate to Settings then All Settings
Choose Settings then All Settings
6 Choose Sound then Sound Output
Select Sound
7 Choose Receiver (Optical)
Select your soundbar

If you require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). You can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members Community

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