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How To Connect Soundbar To TV With HDMI?

How to connect soundbar to tv with hdmi

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  • HDMI Cable (preferably a high-speed HDMI cable for new formats like 4K, eARC, etc.).
  • TV with an HDMI ARC or eARC port.
  • Soundbar with an HDMI ARC or eARC port.
  • Remote controls for both the TV and soundbar.


Step 1: Locate the HDMI Ports

  1. Turn off both your TV and your soundbar for safety.
  2. Look at the back or sides of your TV to find an HDMI port labeled “ARC” or “eARC.”
  3. Locate the corresponding HDMI ARC or eARC port on your soundbar.

Step 2: Make the Connection

  1. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the TV’s HDMI ARC or eARC port.
  2. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the soundbar’s HDMI ARC or eARC port.

Step 3: Power On Devices

  • Turn on both your TV, 
           and your soundbar.
power on

Step 4: Configure TV Settings

  1. Navigate to your TV’s settings menu using the remote control.
  2. Go to the “Audio” or “Sound” settings.
  3. Look for an option that allows you to select the audio output and set it to “HDMI ARC” or “External Audio System” (the terminology may vary depending on the TV brand).

Step 5: Enable HDMI CEC

  1. While still in the TV settings menu, look for a setting called “HDMI CEC” or something similar (like “Anynet+” for Samsung, “Simplink” for LG, “Bravia Sync” for Sony).
  2. Enable this option. This will allow you have to control your soundbar using your TV’s remote.

Step 6: Configure Soundbar Settings

  1. Use the soundbar remote to navigate to its settings.
  2. Ensure the input is set to “HDMI ARC” or “ARC.”

Step 7: Test

  1. Play audio through your TV to test whether sound is coming from the soundbar.
  2. You can also try additional features, like controlling the soundbar’s volume using your TV’s remote, to confirm whether the HDMI CEC feature works correctly.


  • If you aren’t getting any sound, double-check to ensure you connected the cable to the correct HDMI port.
  • Ensure the settings on both the TV and the soundbar are correct.
  • If issues persist, turn off both devices, unplug the HDMI cable, plug it back in then turn both devices around on.
Troubleshooting alert

How To Connect Soundbar To TV With HDMI – OVERVIEW

You’ll need an HDMI cable to connect a soundbar to a TV using an HDMI cable, and both devices must have HDMI ARC/eARC ports. First, turn off both machines and locate these ports. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the TV and the other to the soundbar. Turn both devices back on, adjust the TV’s audio settings to HDMI ARC, and enable HDMI CEC for unified remote control. Finally, set your soundbar’s input to HDMI ARC and test to ensure it’s working correctly. Troubleshoot as needed.


If your TV and soundbar have an HDMI ARC or eARC port, using an HDMI cable for the connection is the easiest and best way to get top-notch audio quality.