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Connect your Samsung Hi-Fi speaker to SmartThings

Playing music with SmartThings

Imagine walking in the front door and having your favorite song come on, or being able to skip to the next track just by calling Bixby. Or, how about turning two speakers into a synchronized surround sound system? When you connect your Hi-Fi speaker to SmartThings, you can make those dreams a reality. Learn how to connect the Hi-Fi speaker to SmartThings and your Samsung TV, add multiple speakers to an Audio Group or Stereo, and use the speakers with your voice assistant.

Add Speakers to SmartThings

Next time you’re studying and need to turn down the volume, but you’re nowhere near the speaker, just change it on your phone in the SmartThings app. Follow the steps below to set up Wireless Audio in SmartThings.

Press the Wi-Fi button on the right side of your speaker to switch to Wi-Fi mode. Next, download the SmartThings app on your phone. Open the app downloads, touch Add device. Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. If you have any trouble connecting, press the CONNECT button on your speaker for 5 seconds, and then follow the steps to add a device to SmartThings again.

Hi-Fi speaker connecting to SmartThings

Create an Audio Group

You’re not limited to setting up one speaker. Audio Group enhances sound by playing it through multiple speakers. But first, keep these tips in mind:

  • Speakers should all be connected to the same wireless router.

  • 5G wireless connection is recommended when using two speakers.

  • When using two speakers, there may be a delay between the video output of the connected devices and the audio output. Choppy audio or interruptions due to wireless interference can also occur on rare occasions.

Creating an Audio Group in SmartThings

Here’s how to use multiple speakers as an Audio Group in SmartThings:

First, you need to have already added both speakers to SmartThings. Select one of the speakers from your list of devices in SmartThings, and then touch More Options. Touch Audio Group, select the second device, and then touch SAVE.

Listen to audio in Stereo

Who said you can only hear mono audio on your Hi-Fi speakers? You can use two speakers in Stereo mode to make the sound flow all around you. It’s perfect for watching action movies or hearing layers in songs.

First, make sure all the speakers you want to group are connected to the same wireless router and added to SmartThings. Next, open the SmartThings app and select one of the speakers in your list of devices. Touch More Options, and then touch Stereo. Touch Select Speaker, select the second speaker, and then touch DONE.

Note: The VL550 automatically plays in stereo and can only be used with the Audio Group feature.

Connect to a Samsung Smart TV

Note: This feature is available on Samsung Smart TVs released in 2014 and later.

Time to queue up your favorite action movie. You can connect your Hi-Fi speaker to your Samsung Smart TV and boost the sound on your movies and shows.

Make sure your speakers and TV are connected to the same network. From the Home screen on your TV, navigate to Settings > Sound, and then select either Wi-Fi Speaker Surround Setup or Sound Output > [AV] Samsung AKG VL*  (Wi-Fi).

Note: Menu options vary depending on your TV model. Refer to your TV’s user manual.

Connect the Hi-Fi speaker to a Samsung TV

Control your speaker with Bixby

“Bixby, play the next song.” You can control your speaker without lifting a finger when you connect your Hi-Fi speaker with your voice assistant. First, you’ll need to turn on Bluetooth to access your phone’s voice recognition service. Press and hold the Bluetooth button on the right side of the speaker for at least 5 seconds. Next, follow the on-screen prompts on your phone to connect. Finally, press and hold the Multi-Function button on the Dial Controller for at least 2 seconds. The LED indicator will turn blue, indicating voice recognition is activated. Now all that’s left to do is start talking.

Use Voice Assistant on the Hi-Fi Speaker

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