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The Samsung Soundbar Setup: Do You Really Need It?

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What You’ll Need?

  • Samsung Soundbar
  • TV
  • Remote control
  • Appropriate cables (HDMI, Optical, AUX)
  • Batteries for remote control

Unbox and Prepare

By the end of this guide, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to unbox and prepare your new gadget like a pro. Let’s dive in!

Unpack All Components-

  1. Open the Box: Open the package slowly and take out all of the packaging materials.
  2. Please remove the Soundbar: Gently remove the soundbar unit and place it on a soft, flat surface to avoid any damage or scratches.
  3. Locate Accessories: Find the remote control, power cable, and any included audio cables (like HDMI, Optical, or AUX cables).

For HDMI Connection

  • Identify Ports: Find the HDMI IN (ARC) port on your TV and the HDMI OUT port on your soundbar. “Audio Return Channel,” as the ARC name denotes, enables the TV to send audio to the soundbar.
  • Connect HDMI Cable: One end of an HDMI cable should be inserted into the soundbar’s HDMI OUT port.
  • Connect to TV: Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into your TV’s HDMI IN (ARC) port.
  • Power Up: Turn on both the soundbar and the TV.
  • Enable HDMI-CEC: Navigate to your TV’s settings menu. Look for the HDMI-CEC option (the name might differ depending on the TV brand; for Samsung, it’s usually called “Anynet+”). Enable this setting. This will allow you to control the soundbar using your TV’s remote and ensure the best device compatibility.
  • Select Input on Soundbar: Use the soundbar’s remote control to select the HDMI input. Press an ‘Input’ button or cycle through the options until HDMI is selected.
  • Test the Sound: Play some audio or a video on the TV to ensure the sound is coming through the soundbar as expected. Adjust volume and settings as needed.
  • Optional Sound Settings: If your soundbar and TV have additional sound features or modes, consider configuring them to optimize good quality further. These options will be model-specific, so refer to your user manual for details.
Optical Cable

For Digital Optical Connection Samsung Soundbar Setup

If your TV and soundbar have an optical port, a digital optical cable is another excellent way to connect the two devices. This method typically provides high-quality audio, though it only supports some advanced audio formats that HDMI can handle. Here’s how to set up your Samsung Soundbar using a digital optical cable:

  1. Identify Ports: Find the “Optical In” port on your Samsung soundbar and the “Optical Out” port on your TV. Usually, these ports have prominent labels.
  2. Connect Optical Cable: Take a digital optical cable and insert one end into your TV’s “Optical Out” port.
  3. Connect to Soundbar: Plug the other end of the digital optical cable into the “Optical In” port on your soundbar.
  4. Remove Protective Covers: Optical cables usually have protective rubber tips on the ends. Make sure to remove these before inserting the line into the ports.
  5. Secure Connections: Ensure that both ends of the cable click into place. The optical cable connectors are shaped to fit the ports, so inserting them should be straightforward.
  6. Power Up: Turn on both your soundbar and TV.
  7. Select Input on Soundbar: Use the remote control for the soundbar to select the Optical input. You may need to press an ‘Input’ button on the remote and cycle through the available options until you reach the Optical information.
  8. Test the Sound: Play audio or a video on the TV to check that the configuration is proper. Now, the soundbar should play the audio. The settings and volume can be changed to your liking.
  9. Optional Settings: Some TVs require changing the audio settings to “External Speaker” or similar options to reroute the audio through the optical cable. Please navigate the TV’s settings to ensure it’s configured correctly.
  10. Additional Sound Settings: You might also have other sound customization options depending on your soundbar and TV capabilities. Refer to your devices’ respective manuals for more details.

For Bluetooth Connection Samsung Soundbar Setup

Bluetooth is a convenient way to connect your Samsung soundbar to your TV, especially if you want to reduce the number of cables in your samsung soundbar setup. However, note that Bluetooth can sometimes introduce a slight delay or lag in the audio and may not support the highest-quality audio formats. Here’s how to set up a Bluetooth connection:

  1. Turn On Devices: Make sure your soundbar and TV are powered on.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on Soundbar: Put the soundbar into Bluetooth pairing mode. This can be done by pressing and holding a Bluetooth button on the soundbar or remote control. The soundbar might have a light that blinks or changes color to indicate it’s in pairing mode.
  3. Enter TV Bluetooth Settings: On your TV, navigate to the settings menu, look for the Bluetooth options, and turn on Bluetooth if it isn’t enabled already.
  4. Search for Devices: In the Bluetooth settings on your TV, select the option to discover or add a new device. Your TV will then scan for available Bluetooth devices.
  5. Select Soundbar: Your Samsung soundbar should appear on your TV screen’s list of available devices. Highlight it and confirm to pair the devices.
  6. Pairing Confirmation: A message may appear on your TV and your soundbar, confirming that the pairing has succeeded. Some soundbars also emit a sound to indicate successful pairing.
  7. Test Audio: Play a video or some music to test that the sound is being transmitted to the soundbar. Adjust the volume using your TV remote or the soundbar remote as needed.
  8. Optional Settings: You may also have options for sound modes and other settings on the soundbar or within your TV’s audio settings menu. Feel free to explore these to optimize audio to your liking.
  9. Check For Delays: As mentioned earlier, Bluetooth connections can sometimes introduce audio lag. If you notice this, you may need to adjust the audio synchronization settings on your TV or soundbar.

For AUX Connection

An AUX (Auxiliary) connection is one of the simplest and most universally compatible ways to connect audio devices. While it may not support advanced audio formats or multiple channels like HDMI or optical connections, it’s straightforward and effective for stereo sound. Here’s how to set up your Samsung soundbar using an AUX cable:

  1. Gather Materials: Ensure you have a 3.5mm AUX cable, the standard for most consumer audio devices.
  2. Identify Ports: Locate the AUX IN port on your Samsung soundbar and the audio out/headphone port on your TV. These are typically marked and are 3.5mm in size.
  3. Connect Cable: Insert one end of the AUX cable into the AUX IN port on the soundbar. Connect the other end to the TV’s audio out or headphone port.
  4. Power On Devices: Turn on both the soundbar and the TV. Ensure they are plugged into electrical outlets and switched on.
  5. Select AUX on Soundbar: Use the soundbar’s remote control to navigate the input options and select the AUX input. The remote may have a specific ‘Input’ or ‘Source’ button for this purpose. Some soundbars automatically detect the active input.


For AUX Connection

6. Test Audio: Once the AUX input is selected, play audio or video on your TV to test the connection. You should hear the audio through the soundbar. If you need help, double-check your connections and settings.
7. Adjust Volume: Use the soundbar’s remote control or your TV’s remote to adjust the volume. Some soundbars and TVs allow volume control through either remote when connected via AUX.
8. Optimize Audio Settings: Your TV may have specific audio settings for AUX output that you can adjust to fine-tune the audio quality, such as bass and treble settings or even custom EQ levels. Navigate to your TV’s audio settings to explore these options.
9. Be Mindful of Volume Levels: Because you’re using an analog connection, be cautious of setting the volume too high on the TV or the soundbar, as this could cause audio distortion. Adjust the volume on both devices to find a balanced and clear audio level.

Calibrate Sound Settings

Calibrate Sound Settings

Explore the soundbar’s different sound modes and settings to optimize audio quality according to your preferences.


Play some content to test the sound. Adjust the settings if necessary.

Connect to Wi-Fi (Optional):

If the soundbar supports Wi-Fi, use the Samsung SmartThings app to connect it for additional features.

Connect Additional Devices (Optional):

If you have more components, like a subwoofer, follow specific instructions to connect them.


  • Your Samsung soundbar is now set up and ready for use.

Final Thought:

Is a Samsung soundbar setup necessary? If you prioritize enhanced audio quality, extra features, and seamless integration, especially within a Samsung ecosystem, then the answer is likely yes. It offers a significant upgrade over standard TV speakers, making it a worthy investment for those looking to elevate their home theater experience.