Most LG TVs come with pretty good sound quality, but you might want to enhance or amplify the sound. If you love good audio quality and plan to have a home theater system, you might benefit from adding a soundbar to your setup. Since Sony soundbars are some of the best ones on the market, you might be wondering if they work with LG TVs.
Sony Soundbars are not compatible with LG TVs. Most of the soundbars compatible with LG TVs are also from the LG brand, though Sonos and Polk soundbars also work with these smart TVs.
Since you can’t use a Sony soundbar with your LG TV, you may be wondering exactly which soundbars you can use. We’ll cover a few of your options in this article; we’ll also discuss how you can connect your new soundbar to your LG TV.
What Soundbars Work with an LG TV?
Any LG soundbar will work with an LG TV since the brand has made all of its products directly compatible with one another. Some of the best soundbar models from LG include:
How to Connect Compatible Soundbars to LG TV
Getting your soundbar connected to the LG TV can be simple. However, you need to follow the right steps so that the audio works properly and isn’t delayed. Not connecting the two devices correctly will cause them to have poor sound quality or audio that doesn’t work at all.
There are several different ways you can connect your soundbar to an LG TV:
Connecting Using an HDMI Cable
Using an HDMI cable is one of the easiest ways to connect a soundbar to a TV. The HMDI cable cannot transmit really large amounts of data, so there shouldn’t be a delay in audio or a lapse in sound quality.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Turn on the TV.
- Turn on the soundbar.
- Connect one end of the HDMI cord to the soundbar.
- Plug the other end of the HDMI cord into the port on the LG TV.
Keep in mind that the cord end going into the LG TV should be the ARC port. This stands for Audio Return Channel. This will allow the audio to play in both directions. If you plug it in the right connections, you will also be able to plug more things into the Sony soundbar, such as a Blu-ray player or a PS4.
If your LG TV doesn’t have an HDMI port or an ARC channel, you will have to use another method to cook up the soundbar.
Wirelessly Connecting the Soundbar and LG TV
Follow these steps to get started connecting:
- Using the magic remote, turn on the TV.
- Select Settings.
- Select Sound.
- Press Sound Out.
- Change the setting from TV Speaker to LG Sound Sync Wireless.
- Press Device Selection.
Once you choose device selection, your TV will start searching for compatible devices and should find the soundbar in a few seconds. The soundbar’s name should pop up on the screen, and then you can select the pairing option. Wait a few minutes for them to pair, and then try playing something through the soundbar to ensure that they are working together correctly.
Using Digital Optical to Connect the Soundbar and TV
If your LG TV doesn’t support HDMI, you can use a digital optical cable. Sometimes they are also known as digital coaxial cables. It doesn’t usually support sound and audio as well, but it can be a good option if your HDMI port isn’t working.
The digital optical cord will help convert the cable’s electrical signals and provide audio output through the soundbar.
Follow these steps to connect the devices:
- Connect the Digital Audio IN port into the soundbar.
- Connect the other end to the Optical OUT port on the LG TV.
- Set the soundbar’s source to D.IN.
Sony soundbars are not compatible with LG TVs, so you will need to choose an LG soundbar or one of the few other options that will work with LG TVs. You can then connect the soundbar to the TV using an HDMI cable, a wireless connection, or a digital optical.