A Complete Guide To Connect Your Vizio Soundbar to Any TV

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Do you crave big, bold audio but find your TV’s puny built-in speakers lacking?

Adding a Vizio soundbar can seriously amplify your entertainment – if you know how to connect it properly.

Let’s dive into exactly how to hook up these cinema-quality sound upgrades to pull truly immersive sound from your TV viewing.

1. Check Soundbar and TV Compatibility

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Before connecting your Vizio soundbar to your TV, you first need to check that the two devices are compatible with one another.

Most TVs and soundbars support at least one common audio connection method, but older models may lack support for more advanced standards.

There are three main ports to examine on your TV: HDMI ARC ports, optical audio ports, and 3.5mm headphone jacks.

HDMI ARC, or Audio Return Channel, ports allow a single HDMI cable to transmit both audio and video data between a TV and soundbar.

This single-cable setup offers higher quality audio and is easier to connect. However, some older TVs lack HDMI ARC support. If you see “ARC” labeled by any HDMI ports on your TV, it supports this feature.

Optical audio outputs connect via TOSLINK optical cables to carry digital multichannel surround sound between TVs and sound systems.

While the audio quality is very good, setup requires an extra cable beyond your video HDMI. Optical ports may be marked “OPTICAL OUT” or with the optical symbol.

Finally, some TVs feature a regular headphone jack which can output stereo analog audio.

Connecting to this 3.5mm port is easy but will provide lower sound quality versus digital audio signals like ARC or optical. Check for a headphone icon to confirm if your TV offers this.

As for your Vizio soundbar, it likely supports HDMI ARC input along with either optical or 3.5mm analog.

Consult the product manual to verify which audio connection standards your model is designed for. Match this up with your available TV ports to determine the optimal connectivity method.

2. Prepare Necessary Cables

A visual guide depicting the step-by-step process of setting up a Vizio Soundbar with Vizio TVs for a seamless audio experience

Before connecting devices, you need to have the proper cables ready.

When choosing connector cables, try to use cables labeled as “High Speed HDMI” for best compatibility and performance.

For optical connections, TOSLINK cables are required. And standard male-to-male 3.5mm audio cables can connect an analog headphone output to soundbars with RCA inputs.

Consider cable length as well – longer cables will provide more setup flexibility but may degrade audio quality over very long distances.

Generally you’ll want an HDMI or optical cable between 6 to 10 feet, with 3.5mm analog cables effective up to around 20 feet. Now let’s go over specific connection methods from start to finish.

3. Connecting Vizio Soundbar To TV

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There are several options for connecting a Vizio soundbar to a TV. The method you use will depend on the ports and features supported by your specific TV model and soundbar system. Choose an appropriate connection type based on audio quality needs, TV compatibility, and setup complexity.

Connect Soundbar to TV via HDMI ARC

HDMI ARC is the ideal way to connect a soundbar for an all-digital audio-video signal requiring just a single HDMI cable.

ARC uses bi-directional data channels so the TV can also receive audio streams from the soundbar such as Dolby Atmos height data.

Setting up HDMI ARC requires your TV has a port specifically labeled as ARC-compatible. You then run a single HDMI cable from this dedicated TV ARC output to the HDMI ARC input on your soundbar.

Once powered on, compatible TVs and soundbars automatically handshake and configure ARC communication without needing further setup.

However, some minor HDMI ARC troubleshooting may be needed. If you don’t hear audio from your soundbar over ARC initially, try toggling TV input sources or enabling CEC device control which can activate ARC functionality automatically.

Some devices also require explicitly enabling HDMI ARC output via settings menus on both TV and soundbar. Refer to your device manuals for details.

Correct configuration allows uncompressed digital multichannel surround sound transmission from TV media players and streaming apps straight to your soundbar over a single standard HDMI cable.

Connect Using An Optical Audio Cable

While HDMI ARC setup uses a single cable, connecting a Vizio soundbar via optical audio cable instead allows flexibility if your TV lacks ARC ports.

Optical cannot transmit video, so you’ll still need to run a separate HDMI cable from your TV video output to soundbar video input for picture. But the optical (TOSLink) cable will carry pristine digital audio signal alongside it.

This creates a high bandwidth pipeline for multichannel sound data from TV to external speakers. Dolby and DTS formats will pass through intact for proper decoding and playback by the soundbar.

Hookup process is straightforward – plug the optical cable from TV optical audio out to the Optical input port on Vizio soundbar. Sound may automatically redirect, or toggling TV audio output settings to “Optical” route may be necessary as well.

If sound isn’t heard instantly, try power cycling TV and soundbar while connected. When configured correctly, crisp digital audio transports, though manually switching TV input sources can require re-selecting optical sound output again in settings depending on model.

Connect Through 3.5mm Audio Cable

If your TV lacks advanced audio ports but contains a basic 3.5mm headphone jack, this analog stereo connection option lets you transmit sound to a Vizio soundbar as well.

Convenience is a major plus since 3.5mm to RCA cable setup avoids the complexity of HDMI or optical. But expect only standard two-channel stereo quality, without digital signal support.

Simply plug the 3.5mm end into TV headphone port, connecting opposing RCA tips to associated red/white left/right inputs on soundbar auxiliary channel.

Toggle TV audio output forwarding headphone jack signal instead of speakers. Then choose the matching AUX input mode on soundbar manually.

Button presses can cycle through inputs if the Analog or AUX mode isn’t engaged automatically from TV connection.

Just note volume and quality limitations driving entire sound system from simple analog headphone-style signal split across multiple speakers. But it lets older TVs still enjoy audio upgrade benefits in a pinch.

Connect Soundbar To TV Via Aux

Alternatively, connecting devices using a 3.5mm to RCA composite audio adapter cable (with red and white RCA plugs at one end) offers similar analog Aux transport to split headphone ports.

This plugs into Aux inputs available on many Vizio soundbars instead, leaving TV speaker settings unchanged.

To hook up, secure the 3.5mm tip into the headphone output port of the TV just like the dedicated headphone jack method.

Then insert red and white RCA plugs into matching left and right Aux channel inputs on your soundbar system.

Quality mirrors headphone connection, with basic stereo signal reproduction over two RCA patch cables instead of soundbar HDMI or optical direct digital audio transfer.

Enabling the “Aux” input mode selection using remote or input button on soundbar itself switches monitoring incoming analog feed from TV connection.

You’ll adjust volume levels separately compared to TV speaker control. Setup avoids multiple changes in the TV settings itself to redirect internal audio signal externally.

But performance remains analog quality, ideal for secondary rooms when ARC or optical ports already service surround speaker home theater needs.

Connect Soundbar to TV Via Bluetooth

Bluetooth connectivity gives you an easy wireless method to play audio from your smart TV apps through a Vizio soundbar.

Simply access Bluetooth pairing mode on both devices, often by pressing a Receive or Connect button on the soundbar and enabling Bluetooth options in audio settings on the smart TV interface.

The Vizio model will show up detectable for pairing in the TV’s menu once discoverable modes are activated on both ends. You can then match and connect them to redirect TV audio over the Bluetooth bridge freely.

Latency impacting synchronization may occur using Bluetooth streaming depending on hardware capabilities.

And Bluetooth tops out at standard compression quality instead of lossless levels over HDMI ARC or optical. But the cable-free interface offers outstanding convenience for quick listening sessions.

Note your Vizio soundbar manual indicates wide Bluetooth codec support like aptX for best wireless audio reproduction if corresponding TV also features compatible specification.

When powered down, the Bluetooth link usually has to be re-established again through receiving device modes initiating the wireless pairing process once more for subsequent stream transfers.

4. Adjust Soundbar Settings

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After getting devices paired and connected via preferred method like HDMI ARC, optical, AUX or Bluetooth based on model compatibility, you can tweak soundbar audio settings for best performance.

Brands like Vizio allow customization of audio processing parameters like equalizer presets adapting output to appropriate content or listening needs.

Soundbars aimed at enhancing TV entertainment often feature multiple modes like Movies or Music tailoring frequency response curves for each type of immersive experience.

You can further adjust bass, treble, subwoofer crossover and other levels depending on specific soundbar hardware controls or configuration menus.

This lets you better balance booming explosions against hard-to-decipher dialogue for example.

Room calibration tools measuring reverb decay and standing waves may also auto-tune output ensuring faithful reproduction minimizing distortion for given positioning.

Contact Vizio support for help downloading and running proprietary calibration apps unleashing full sonic potential from integrated soundbar and subwoofer audio elements.

Following best practices connecting and controlling settings delivers a big-screen soundtrack truly bringing entertainment to life!


Connecting your Vizio soundbar to a TV may seem complicated, but following this guide simplifies the process considerably.

By verifying device compatibility, preparing the correct cables, and carefully selecting the optimal audio connection method for your hardware, you can create an immersive home theater experience.

After hooked up, don’t forget to dive into the sound settings and customize audio output to perfectly suit your listening needs.

Now you can step into a world of booming blockbuster soundtracks and crisp dialogue without messy wires or distortion.


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.