5 Steps On How To Connect Your Samsung Soundbar To TV

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Transform your television viewing into a theater-quality cinematic experience right in your living room.

Getting a Samsung soundbar set up properly with your TV is the key to unlocking unbelievable, immersive surround sound for all your entertainment.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the optimal setup process step-by-step, from unboxing your new soundbar to connecting it via HDMI ARC, syncing it with your Samsung TV remote, and customizing the audio settings for your space.

Follow these simple instructions to create the ultimate home theater with your Samsung soundbar.

1. Unboxing the soundbar

Close-up image of a Samsung soundbar and TV during the Bluetooth pairing process

When you first receive your new Samsung soundbar, carefully unbox all the contents. You should find the soundbar itself, likely a rectangular shape with speakers built-in.

There will also be a power cord to plug into an electrical outlet, and an HDMI cable to connect to your TV.

Additionally, you’ll find an optical audio cable, a small remote control to adjust volume and settings, wall mount hardware if you want to mount the soundbar, and an instruction manual.

Take everything out of the packaging and ensure you have received all contents. Lay them out and take inventory before proceeding.

Now you’ll need to decide on the placement of the soundbar. Most people place it on a TV stand or media console below the TV.

For this, ensure there is enough flat space for the soundbar to fit. Measure the width of your TV stand area to be sure.

Alternatively, you may opt to wall mount the soundbar. In this case, you’ll need to locate studs in the wall and have proper mounting hardware.

Consider placement carefully for wall mounting before proceeding. Once you’ve determined the placement location, it’s time to get connected.

2. Connect Soundbar To Your TV

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Connecting your new Samsung soundbar to your television is the crucial first step to elevating your home entertainment experience.

While modern smart TVs offer impressive visuals, their built-in speakers often leave the audio lacking in power and clarity.

Hooking up a dedicated soundbar vastly improves audio immersion thanks to larger drivers, advanced surround sound decoding, and a more resonant acoustic architecture.

This guide covers several easy plug-and-play connection methods to link your Samsung soundbar to any television via seamless HDMI or wireless Bluetooth pairing.

With just a few cables or a quick sync between devices, you’ll transform flat, weak TV speaker sound into room-filling, cinema-grade audio.

Plug In and Connect with HDMI ARC Cable

Close-up image demonstrating the HDMI ARC connection between a Samsung soundbar and a Samsung TV

First, with the soundbar placed in the position you’ll use it, plug in the power cord to the AC input on the rear of the soundbar, and plug the other end into a nearby electrical outlet.

This will power on the soundbar so it’s ready for audio signal. Now grab that HDMI cable included, and connect one end into the HDMI ARC port on your TV.

Then connect the other end into the HDMI ARC port on the back of the Samsung soundbar. This HDMI connection will transmit audio from the TV to the soundbar.

Pairing soundbar with Samsung TV via Bluetooth

For quick and easy wireless setup, you can pair your Samsung soundbar with your Samsung smart TV using Bluetooth connectivity.

First, use your TV remote and go into the settings menu of your Samsung TV.

Find the section related to external device connections, often called Audio Output or something similar.

Here you’ll see options for WiFi and Bluetooth. Ensure Bluetooth is switched on or enabled.

Initiate Pairing from Soundbar

Now go to your new Samsung soundbar and look on the remote for a button labeled Bluetooth or BT. Press this button, and the soundbar will enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

You’ll see an indicator light blinking. Then on your TV, go to the list of available Bluetooth devices and look for the name of your soundbar, often something like “Samsung Soundbar XYZ”.

Select your soundbar’s name from the TV’s Bluetooth list.

Confirm Bluetooth Connected

The TV and soundbar will now connect via Bluetooth, which you’ll know is successful when you hear a tone play from the soundbar.

The light may also stop blinking.

Now when you play video and audio from your smart TV, the sound will automatically output through the connected soundbar rather than the built-in TV speakers.

Bluetooth provides a quick wireless connection, although an HDMI wired connection is higher quality.

Connecting soundbar to TV via HDMI ARC

Simplify Your Setup: The Magic of HDMI ARC for Samsung Soundbar and TV Connectivity

Seamless Sound: Utilizing HDMI ARC to Connect Your Samsung Soundbar to Your TV

For the best audio quality from your TV to your soundbar, use the HDMI ARC connection method.

ARC stands for Audio Return Channel and allows digital audio to be transmitted from TV to soundbar across an HDMI cable.

Be sure both your TV and soundbar are powered on and connected to power. Use the included HDMI cable in your soundbar box.

HDMI ARC Ports

Take one end of the HDMI cable and plug it into the port on your TV labeled HDMI ARC. This is a special port dedicated for audio return. Then take the other end of the cable and plug it into the HDMI ARC port on the back of the Samsung soundbar. It should also be clearly labeled for convenient connection.

Digital Audio Transmission

HDMI ARC ports transmit uncompressed digital audio from the TV to the soundbar.

This allows the soundbar to receive high-quality audio from TV sources like streaming content, Blu-ray players, and video games connected to the TV.

The sound will come through the soundbar rather than TV speakers automatically when connected via HDMI ARC.

Connecting external devices like Blu-ray players via HDMI

Your Samsung soundbar becomes the hub for audio when connecting external media devices like Blu-ray disc players, streaming media players, or gaming consoles.

These devices likely have HDMI output ports on them to transmit digital video and audio.

HDMI Input to Soundbar

On the back of your Samsung soundbar, look for the HDMI input ports and connect HDMI cables from your external devices to these inputs.

For example, run an HDMI cable from your Blu-ray player HDMI output into the soundbar HDMI input.

Run another HDMI cable from your game console’s HDMI output into another HDMI input on the soundbar.

Premium Audio Experience

With HDMI cables connected from your media devices into the soundbar, the soundbar will receive the digital video and audio from the HDMI source, and output the audio via its speakers.

This provides a premium, surround-sound experience compared to stereo TV speakers when watching movies or playing games.

Connect up to 3 or 4 external HDMI devices depending on how many HDMI inputs your particular soundbar model supports.

3. Connect to WiFi and firmware updates

Image demonstrating a person adjusting audio settings on a Samsung soundbar using a remote control

Tailored Sound Experience: Fine-Tuning Your Samsung Soundbar’s Audio Settings

A great additional feature of higher-end Samsung soundbars is WiFi connectivity, which enables wireless music streaming and smart features.

Connecting your soundbar to your home WiFi is also important to receive firmware updates for new features, performance enhancements, and bug fixes on the soundbar software.

WiFi Setup

To connect, first ensure your WiFi router is on and broadcasting your wireless network signal.

Then in the Settings menu of your Samsung soundbar accessed using the remote, select Network, then Wireless Network.

You will see options to scan and select your WiFi network name. Enter your WiFi password when prompted.

Receive Updates

Your Samsung soundbar will now connect to your home wireless network. A WiFi icon or indicator will show when connected.

Now when firmware updates are released by Samsung for your soundbar model, they will automatically download via the internet and install. This keeps your soundbar up to date with latest technology.

4. Sync soundbar with TV remote

Close-up image demonstrating the process of syncing a Samsung soundbar with a Samsung TV remote control

Streamlined Control: Syncing Your Samsung Soundbar with the TV Remote

For seamless control, you can sync your Samsung soundbar to work with your existing Samsung TV remote.

This allows you to use just one remote to adjust TV volume, mute, power, and access settings menus for both devices in tandem.

Initiate Sync from Soundbar

To sync them, first turn on both your TV and the soundbar.

Locate the small soundbar remote, and press the Source or Input button repeatedly until “BT PAIR” begins flashing on the soundbar display. This puts it in pairing mode.

Complete Sync from TV Remote

Now on your Samsung TV’s remote, press and hold down the Volume Up button and Mute button simultaneously.

Hold both for several seconds until you see the soundbar indicator light blink twice. The soundbar is now synced and will work with the TV remote.

The TV volume and mute controls will relay to the soundbar.

5. Adjust audio settings like volume, bass, treble, etc.

For the optimal listening experience from your new Samsung soundbar, dive into the audio settings and make adjustments as needed.

Use the soundbar’s remote and select Settings, then Audio.

Here you can tweak overall volume, specifically the bass and treble levels.

Custom Audio Profile

Turning up bass and treble slightly from the default can give audio more punch in movies and music.

Adjust in small increments and test with different content to find the right balance.

Too high may sound distorted. There is also usually a center level to boost dialogue audio from TV and movies so voices are clearer.

Experiment with Effects

Play a movie scene and experiment with raising and lowering levels while listening to the effects. Lower volume for late-night viewing.

Turn up surround sound processing for more cinematic audio performance. The custom audio adjustments allow you to tune the soundbar to your liking.

Conclusion

Getting your new Samsung soundbar set up properly is key to creating an exceptional home theater experience.

Carefully connecting the soundbar to your TV via HDMI ARC provides pristine audio quality, while syncing it to your Samsung TV remote ensures easy unified control.

Optimizing the bass, treble, center levels, and surround sound settings helps tune the audio to your liking.

With the soundbar setup details provided in this guide, you can transform your TV watching into an immersive entertainment powerhouse.

Enjoy unbelievable sound for sports, movies, TV shows, and gaming. Your audio entertainment reaches new heights with a Samsung soundbar fully connected and configured.

Let the show begin!

Dominic

Dominic is the chief editor of the Burton Acoustix blog which writes about acoustics and soundproofing to help readers with their queries and questions they might have with regard to improving any sound or noise issues that they faced in their life.