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TV Sound Settings to Get the Best Sound from the TV

Samsung TV on a stand in a living room

When everyone's asleep, but you still want to watch TV, wall rattling surround sound is probably out of the question. Or maybe you haven't decided if you even want a soundbar or surround system. Either way, you can still get great sound just by using the TV sound settings. Using settings like optimized sound modes and advanced settings like equalizer and balance, you will be able to get the best sound from the TV.

Functions will vary from model to model.

Use TV Sound Modes to Change Settings Quickly

There are 3 Sound Mode presets on your TV. Standard (default setting), Optimized, and Amplify. It's very easy to switch between sound modes, but there are a couple of ways you can do it. We'll go through both. If one way doesn't work for you, the other one will. Both of them will work on most Samsung TVs.

For newer Samsung TVs, grab the remote and press the Home button, scroll over to Quick Settings > then up to Sound Mode.

The other way (that should work for all Samsung TVs) is to press the Home button on the remote, and navigate to Settings > SoundSound Mode. Then from there, select the one that sounds best to you.

Selecting a Sound Mode from the Samsung TV Menu

Fine Tune TV Sound with Expert Sound Settings

Whether you want more bass or need to adjust the balance, Expert sound lets you adjust these TV sound settings and more. Press the Home button on your remote, and then navigate to Settings > Sound. Select Expert Settings.

These are the settings you can adjust once you're in the Expert Settings menu:

Expert Settings for Sound in the Samsung TV Menu
  • Balance: Emphasizes sound from the right or left speaker.

  • Equalizer: Adjust the level of low and high bands.

  • HDMI Input Audio Format: Allows you to select your preferred audio format of the HDMI audio input.

  • Digital Output Audio Format: Allows you to select the digital output format.

    Note: The Dolby Digital + option is only available via HDMI (ARC) for external speakers that support the format.

  • Dolby Atmos Input: Set to On if the connected speakers support Dolby Atmos.

  • Auto Volume: Automatically adjusts volume based on your usage.

  • Sound Feedback: Plays audio cues as you navigate through the settings and select options.

  • Reset Sound: Resets current sound settings to defaults.

Select TV or External Speakers with Sound Output

Want to connect speakers or a soundbar to the TV? You'll just need to set the sound output. Press the Home button on your remote, and then navigate to and select Settings > Sound. Select Sound Output, and then select the desired sound output.

Choose which speakers to use with Sound Ouput

When Sound Output is set to external speakers only, the Volume and Mute buttons and some Sound functions are disabled.

Troubleshooting Related to TV Sound Settings

If you're experiencing issues with the sound on your TV, get help below.

  • Check the volume control of the device connected to your TV.

  • If the picture is good, but there is no sound:

  • If you are using an external device, check the device's audio output option (Settings > Sound > Sound Output).

  • To listen to the sounds from a computer, connect an external speaker to the computer's audio output connector.

  • Reboot the connected device by disconnecting and reconnecting the device's power cable.

  • If no sound is heard:

  • Check to see if the Digital Output Audio Format is set to Dolby Digital Plus. If you are using a receiver that does not support Dolby Digital Plus, you will not hear any sound. Change the format (Settings > Sound > Expert Settings > Digital Output Audio Format).

  • If the speakers are making a weird sound:

  • Make sure that the audio cable is connected to the correct audio output connector on the external device.

  • For antenna or cable connections, check the signal information.

  • Run a Sound Test (Settings > Support > Self Diagnosis > Start Sound Test).

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