If you’ve got an LG Soundbar and a Samsung TV, you might be wondering whether the two components are compatible with each other. After all, they’re from different brand names, and many brands build in exclusive features to reduce compatibility.

LG Soundbar works with Samsung TVs and can be hooked up with either HDMI or wireless connections. Installing the components together involves resetting the sound output and plugging the soundbar into the Samsung TV.

Hooking up an LG Soundbar to your entertainment system isn’t difficult, but it helps to know what you’re doing before you get started. Keep reading to learn more about how to install an LG Soundbar on your Samsung TV.

Is Samsung TV Compatible With LG Soundbar?

Samsung’s televisions are actually compatible with a wide array of different third-party soundbars, making them one of the more flexible entertainment systems available for incorporating different devices.

If you bought an LG Soundbar to go with your Samsung TV, never fear – the two devices are perfectly compatible with each other. It is recommended by Samsung that you use one of their soundbars for maximum quality sound, but it isn’t a must!

How to Use HDMI to Hook Up a Soundbar

One of the simplest ways to hook up an LG Soundbar to a Samsung TV is to use an HDMI cable.

Using a double-ended HDMI cable of at least three feet should give you enough length between the soundbar and the back of the TV to connect the two together. While it might seem like a good idea to use the longest cord possible, this actually increases your chances of something getting ripped out of a port by accident.

Follow the procedure below to hook up your LG Soundbar to your Samsung TV with an HDMI cable (Source: The ConchTech):

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the soundbar: Inspect the soundbar and find the port labeled HDMI OUT. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into this port.

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the TV: Inspect the back of your Samsung TV and find a port labeled HDMI or HDMI ARC. Plug the free end of the HDMI cable into this port.

  • Sync up the sound settings: Go into the sound menu on your Samsung TV and select Output Option. Toggle your system over to the soundbar option. This option should show up if the HDMI cable between the soundbar and the TV has been connected. Select Soundbar as your sound output.

  • Optional: If you have one of the newer models of Samsung Smart TVs, your TV may come with a feature known as Aynet+. (Source: Samsung) This feature allows your soundbar to automatically become activated or deactivated whenever the TV is turned on or off. Enable this feature in the TV control panel if available.

Is It Better to Connect a Soundbar with HDMI or Optical Cables?

Another option for connecting a soundbar other than HDMI cable is to use an optical cable if your TV has the option to use one. These cables tend to be more expensive than HDMI cables since they feature fiber optics rather than copper wiring. However, they’re less susceptible to electronic interference and can pass a higher resolution of video and audio signals. 

How to Use Wireless to Hook Up a Soundbar

There’s a few reasons why you might not want to hook up your LG Soundbar with an HDMI cable. Here are just a few of them:

  • Open ports: If you also have a gaming console or some other device hooked up to your TV other than your soundbar, you’ll want your HDMI cable port open to use with it.
  • Less wiring: For aesthetic reasons, many people are converting their entertainment systems to be as wireless as possible to minimize the appearance of unsightly wires around the system. This also helps prevent tripping hazards and damage to the entertainment system, too.

Luckily, there is a way for you to hook up an LG Soundbar to your Samsung TV without using the HDMI port on the monitor. Follow this procedure to use wireless Internet to hook up your soundbar to the TV:

  • Start up the TV. Go to the Smart TV control panel on the Samsung TV by selecting the Home button on your remote control.
  • Select your output. In the Settings menu, select Sound and Output Options.
  • Select Bluetooth Speakers as your output. In the Output Options menu, select Bluetooth Speaker List. From here, you should be able to see your LG soundbar as an available option as long as it’s powered up.
  • Connect the soundbar to the TV. Select Soundbar from the menu and pair the soundbar to the LG TV through the drop-down pairing menu by pressing Select.At this point, your LG Soundbar and your Samsung TV should be connected wirelessly.
  • Convert the audio output. Deactivate multi-audio output in the Sound Settings if you experience feedback between the soundbar and the internal speakers on the Samsung TV. This will divert sound directly to the soundbar instead.

Once you have your soundbar paired up with your smart TV and the audio output options reconfigured, you should be ready to go!

Troubleshooting an LG Soundbar Installation

If you’re having trouble getting your soundbar to operate when it’s hooked up to your Samsung TV and the soundbar has power, chances are the issue is related to audio output settings. Double-check the audio settings to ensure that the soundbar is active in the audio output options and that it is properly synced up with the TV. (Source: LG)

LG Soundbars Work Great With Samsung TVs

Even though they require a little fiddling around in the menu to set up, it’s easy even for tech beginners to integrate an LG Soundbar with their Samsung entertainment system. Familiarizing yourself with your TV’s control panel and audio menus ahead of time can make it easier when it’s time to get things installed.