While there are several different ways to connect your soundbar to your TV, its not as complicated as it sounds. And oftentimes troubleshooting issues can be as easy as following a basic cookie recipe. Soundbars are a great addition to any home theater setup and can be a large investment.
There is only one condition that your soundbar must meet in order to be compatible with your TV, it must have the same audio input. Whether it’s bluetooth, HDMI, or Optical cables, as long as your Samsung soundbar and your Hisense TV have the same input options you can connect them.
This article will go over the basic troubleshooting steps for various setups, and go over the finer points of brand loyalty. Whether you’re just beginning to get into setting up a home theater, or you’ve already had a home theater setup and need a little help after getting a new device, this article is a great starting point.
Lets cover the top two ways to connect your Samsung soundbar to your Hisense TV. Of course there are many ways to connect your soundbar to your TV but let’s be honest, you got a sound bar for a top notch audio experience not second best.
Using an HDMI connection will ultimately give you the best sound quality regardless if you’re using the sound bar for shows, movies, music, or games.
Here are the steps to connect your HDMI:
If you’re using the sound bar with an external device such as a blu-ray player or gaming console, there’s a few extra steps and cables involved but you start by making sure all electronics are powered off.
Here’s the steps to connect HDMI when you’re using your soundbar with an external device:
The TV should display the pictures or videos from your external device, and the soundbar should be playing the sound. If you would like to learn more about Hisense, take a look at this article.
Optical cables are similar to HDMI cables, there isn’t much difference in sound quality, it is mainly user preference.
To connect your Samsung soundbar using Optical cables, follow these steps:
If you’re having troubles finding this section on your TV menu please refer to your owner’s manual as each TV is different in menu layout.
The brand of your TV and the brand of your soundbar does not have to be the same for them to function properly. But there are several benefits to keeping your electronics in the same manufacturer family, such as single-remote syncing, design similarities, and many more.
Some benefits of using the same brand sound bar as your TV include:
So if any of these are of concern to you, it is recommended to have your soundbar match your TV brand, but it is not a necessity.
You’ve decided to finally take the dive and buy a Samsung soundbar and you’ve followed all the steps above and read all the instruction manuals but still not hearing sound out of your soundbar.
Never fear, below are some helpful tips to guide you thru general troubleshooting, and of course if these don’t help then please refer to your device’s manufacturer.
Hearing sound from your TV speakers and not your soundbar? This means you need to go into your TV menu and switch the settings to use External Speakers.
If your TV is a Samsung you can go into your TV’s main menu, select Audio Settings, find Speaker Select (or Speaker Settings) and you can change the audio output to external speakers.
If you don’t see the external speakers option in your TVs menu, this just means that you need to try another option such as using AUX or Optical cables.
If there are no Digital OUT or Aux OUT ports on your TV, then your TV does not have the external audio capability and you will not be able to connect your soundbar to your TV. If that’s the case you can connect an external device to your soundbar and your TV, turn your TV volume down and watch that way.
Other things to consider are checking your cable connections on both your soundbar and your TV, as well as checking the power source. Sometimes the easiest answers are the right ones. Finally, check to make sure that your soundbar is on the correct source, whether it be HDMI, AUX, Bluetooth, or Digital.
Follow these steps if your devices are connected through the TV to the Soundbar:
Once you determine it’s not the TV, be sure to check the source on the soundbar and ensure the cables are correct. You can also try connecting another external device into your soundbar to see if the sound works that way.
Follow all the steps above with the new external device, if there is still no sound then you will need to reach out to your TVs manufacturer.