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Connect a soundbar to your TV

Soundbar in front of Samsung TV

Your soundbar amps up your TV by providing awesome sound quality. It's also extremely versatile and easy to set up - there are several ways you can connect the soundbar to your TV, so you can customize your movie watching experience. Make sure the soundbar software is up to date by visiting the download center for the latest firmware, then learn about all the connection options.

Pair the soundbar to your TV with Bluetooth

If you connect your soundbar to your TV using Bluetooth (BT), you can have stereo sound without having to worry about connecting any cables to your TV. To do this, you'll start by switching the soundbar to pairing mode. The easiest way is to get the soundbar into pairing mode is to press the Pair button on the soundbar's remote control.

If you do not have the soundbar remote, don't worry, you can use the source button on the soundbar. Just press the source button  until the display says "BT." After a few seconds, the display will change to "BT Ready." When this happens, press and hold the source button until the display says "BT Pairing."

So now that you know you how you're going to get into pairing mode, let's walk through pairing your soundbar to your TV.

First, switch the soundbar to pairing mode by pressing Pair on the sound bar remote. Then, using the directional pad on your Samsung TV remote, navigate to Settings > Sound. Next, select Sound Output Bluetooth Speaker List or Bluetooth Audio Device, depending on your TV model. Select your soundbar.

Note: If your TV has Connection Guide as an option, navigate to Sources, and then select Connection Guide. Select the device type you would like to pair, and follow the on-screen instructions to connect it via Bluetooth.

Sound Output settings displayed on TV

Connect the TV and soundbar with HDMI ARC

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) is the neatest TV feature you've probably never heard of. ARC lets certain TVs and soundbars transfer audio back and forth using one HDMI cable. In other words, you can use the HDMI port as both an input and audio output. The only downside to this setup, is that your soundbar is going to take up a port on your TV, that you would normally connect an external device to.

Power on your TV and soundbar. Connect one end of an HDMI cable into the HDMI IN (ARC) port on your TV. Connect the other end into the HDMI OUT (TV-ARC) port on your soundbar. Change the source on your soundbar to D.IN. After a few seconds, TV ARC will appear on the soundbar display, and the TV will transfer audio through the soundbar.

HDMI ARC output port on the soundbar
  • If the TV's sound is inaudible, press Source on the soundbar or on the remote and set to D.IN mode. The soundbar will display D.IN and then change to TV ARC soon after.

  • If TV ARC does not appear on the soundbar display, make sure the cable is connected to the correct port.

Connect game console, cable box, blu-ray player, etc. with HDMI

Connecting your external device using HDMI cables is going to give you the best possible audio from your soundbar, but there are a couple of things to know. The first is that you will need 2 HDMI cables, one from the external device to the soundbar, and one from the soundbar to the TV. The second is that if your external device is a 4K capable game console or blu-ray player, you need to make sure the soundbar can pass a 4K signal through it. Most newer soundbars can do this, and Samsung soundbars 2017 650 series and above can.

  1. Connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI IN port on the bottom of the soundbar. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your external device.

    HDMI IN port on the soundbar
  2. Connect a second HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your soundbar and connect the other end to an HDMI IN port on your TV.

  3. Set the soundbar to HDMI mode by pressing the Source button on the soundbar or remote. Then, set the source on your TV to the HDMI port you connected the soundbar to.

Connect game console, cable box, blu-ray player, etc. with an optical cable (toslink)

An optical cable transmits digital audio from your TV, giving you crystal clear audio. You'll hear every explosion in action movies in full detail.

  1. With the TV and soundbar turned on, connect one end of a digital optical cable to the OPTICAL OUT port on the TV.

  2. Connect the other end to the DIGITAL AUDIO IN (OPTICAL) port on the soundbar. 

  3. Press Source on the remote or soundbar, and then set the soundbar to D.IN.

Digital Audio Optical Cable on the soundbar

Connect game console, cable box, blu-ray player, etc. with AUX cables

If you want to kick it old-school, you can use an auxiliary cable to connect the soundbar to your TV or external devices. It will give you an analog connection, but your movies will still have first-rate sound quality.

Power on your TV and soundbar. Connect one end of the audio cable to the AUX IN jack on the bottom of the soundbar. Connect the other end of the audio cable to the AUDIO OUT jack on the external device such as a Blu-ray player, DVD player, or video game console. To change the mode, press the Source button on the soundbar or on the remote. Set the soundbar to AUX mode.

Arrow pointing to AUX IN port on TV

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