Any time you add new smart home tech, the most important thing to consider is always how that new device is going to work with existing devices you already have. This is especially true when it comes to your entertainment system. Whether you have a home theater set up or you enjoy streaming your content in a cozy living room setting, it is vital to make sure the products you choose play nicely together to bring the best viewing and audio experience. 

The Vizio brand of soundbars is compatible with the Sony brand of smart TVs. However, compatibility will depend largely on both devices using the same type of port or connection, such as HDMI cable, Bluetooth, etc. 

Okay, so now that we know that Sony smart TVs are compatible with Vizio soundbars, let’s go into detail on the different ways we can connect these devices. Read on for more information on the recommended methods for connecting your Sony TV to a Vizio soundbar! 

Connecting Your Soundbar 

While smart TVs have excellent audio output, they do have their limits. We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve had to turn the volume on our TV up and down repeatedly to be able to hear the quiet parts of a movie or TV show, only to frantically hit the volume button during a loud action scene booming through the house! 

Connecting your Vizio soundbar to your Sony TV directly can be done in two ways. While there are other wired options available, they only support audio and do not fully integrate with your Sony TV because they lack the HDMI component. 

Using the HDMI option is the most reliable way to connect your soundbar to your TV. HDMI ports and cables are specifically designed to bring the best audio and video quality to your TV. This makes the HDMI connectivity option the more dependable option in many cases than a wireless connection will be, albeit less convenient. 

 We’ve provided the instructions below for each type of connection: 

HDMI (ARC):

  1. First, make sure that your soundbar supports the Audio Return Channel Function(ARC)
  2. Connect one end of the HDMI cord to your TVs HDMI In slot
  3. Connect the other end of the HDMI cord to the soundbar’s TV-Out(ARC)
  4. On your TV, go to Settings 
  5. Go to Audio
  6. Change your audio settings from TV to Audio System
  7. Follow instructions on your TV to complete the installation

HDMI and Optical Digital Audio Cable: 

  1. Follow the above instructions for connecting the HDMI cord.
  2. Connect the Optical Digital Audio Cable to the soundbar in the corresponding Optical In port
  3. Connect the Optical Digital Audio Cable to your TV in the Optical Out port
  4. On your TV, go to Settings 
  5. Go to Audio
  6. Change your audio setting from TV to Audio System
  7. Follow the instructions on your TV to complete the installation

You can also connect your soundbar to your Sony TV using only the Optical Digital Audio Cable, or by using an analog audio jack by simply plugging them in, but this may impact connectivity. 

Connecting To Bluetooth

If your Vizio soundbar is a model that supports a Bluetooth connection, you can connect your soundbar and TV wirelessly. Please be aware that this option is not available on all devices, and prepare to connect via another method. 

To connect your soundbar to your TV via Bluetooth, follow the steps below: 

If your TV remote has a Quick Settings button:

  1. Select Quick Settings on your remote
  2. Select Settings 
  3. Select Display and Sound
  4. Select Audio Output
  5. Select A/V Sync

If your TV remote does not have a Quick Settings button: 

  1. Select the Home button on your TV remote
  2. Select Settings 
  3. Select Display And Sound
  4. Select Audio Output
  5. Select A/V Sync

Conclusion

When it comes to rich and clear audio quality on your smart TV, a soundbar is a fantastic option for improving the way you hear the content you love. Whether you’re gathered with your loved ones on the couch for family movie night or leveling up on your favorite game, great sound is key to a great experience. 

In this article, we have answered our initial question of whether you can use a Vizio soundbar with your Sony smart TV, as well as providing you with the information you need to connect your devices quickly and easily.