Connecting And Setting Up Your Soundbar Correctly For Home Use

Sound Bar Placement

The soundbar option is something that is a must; it is a favorite one. Sound bars are composed of space, plus they are also capable of reducing the overall wire clutter and the speaker size. Also, when it comes to the soundbars, they are very easy and convenient to set up and install. They also do not require a lot of energy to set them up as compared to a full home audio system which definitely takes up a lot of precious time to set up and there is a hassle of wires that you have to deal with as well.

Soundbars, however, are not just to view on TV. These can also be connected to additional devices depending upon the additional devices you can take different types of advantages out of them. The features that they include can expand your services and enhance your overall experience.

So, if you are someone who wants to experience the luxury of having a sound bar, we have some steps as follows which will guide you through the whole procedure of installation, set up and use.

Sound Bar PlacementNow if your TV seems to be up on the stand, table, shelf or cabinet then you should know that you can easily place your sound bar just below the TV or the cabinet and let it do its magic. Now, this step is very ideal and genius because the voice is going to be coming from the place where you see or where you are looking. You will have to measure the overall height of the sound bar and also the vertical space between the bottom of the TV as well as the stand. You also will have to be sure of the fact that sound bar does not block up the TV screen.

If you are putting the soundbar on a shelf and inside the cabinet then you have to make sure that it is directed to the front as much as it can be directed because you do not want the sound to be heard over the corners, you need maximum sound to reach to the level of your ears. It is very important that you do so. In case your soundbar features the Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or DTS Virtual: Audio capability, then it is best that placing it between a cabinet is not possible or appropriate because the sound of such soundbars is vertically spread out and thus it needs to be directed towards the listener’s direction itself, i.e. in a vertical position.

Now you may be aware of the wall mounted soundbars. Wall mounted sound bars are mounted to the wall to direct the sound to the listener. Some people are not aware of the difference where you can mount the soundbar, the best place to mount the soundbar however is the place just below the TV Screen. Now placing it above is good as well but placing it below the TV Screen is the optimum place to mount the wall mounted soundbars because that is the place where the maximum sound will be delivered to the listener.

Most of such soundbars come with the basic built-in wall template so you can easily just spot the perfect place and then mount the sound bars there. Now if your sound bar cannot be mounted to a sound bar, then you must read the procedure and the procedure and conditions over the which you can easily judge where you need the soundbar to be mounted.

Basic Sound Bar Connections

Since the soundbar has been placed up in your space now, the next move you should make is to connect your TV as well as other components to it. Now if you are mounting your soundbars against the wall, you should and must connect the wired and all other connections to it before attaching it.

There are different types of connections you may need or require for a basic sound bar. Most of them also come along with the soundbar itself. Some of the types are Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, and Analog Stereo connections along with their corresponding cable types.

If you need to send your audio from the TV to the soundbar then you should know that the digital optical connection is the best one in terms of sending audio from the TV to the soundbar. Analog stereo speakers are another set of options used in case you find that your TV screen does not support these connections. There is nothing to worry about! Some TV might have both the options of Analog Stereo as well as Digital Optical connection, in that case, it entirely depends upon you to choose whichever one you like. However, we recommend the Digital Optical connection since it really stands out between the two.

Ensuring that your TV screen is passing out the connection properly to the soundbar is the next step. So, if you see that your TV is connected to the soundbar, the next move to make is ensure that proper signals are being passed among both of these.

You can do this easily via the TV’s audio speaker settings menu as well as by turning off the internal speakers or the audio output option of the Television itself. There may also be the choice of choosing between the digital optical or the analog (this can be automatically detected depending upon which is one of these is connected).

Most normally you only get to make such settings for the external speakers once but in case you do not like the setting for watching certain content, you will then need to go back to the original settings of the TV and change the connections again from there every time you decide to set up the speaker for something.

The option of the digital coaxial connection is good to be used for a Blu-ray Disc or a DVD player. It is also perfect for use with another audio source which has this option available in its system. Many times, your sources might not even have this option available, in that case, they will most likely have a digital, an optical or an analog option available.

Another important connection which you will find on a soundbar is the connection of a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) minijack analog stereo input, which can come either in addition to, or it can also come as a replacement of, the analog stereo jacks. A 3.5mm input jack is the best and the most convenient option for connecting the portable music players or similar audio sources to the TV screen. But you can still connect the standard audio sources with the help of an RCA-to-mini-jack adapter which you can easily purchase in your nearest stores or online.

“In case if you are using a digital optical or a digital coaxial connection, and your soundbar does not support the Dolby Digital or DTS audio decoding, you can set your TV or other source devices, which can be DVD, Cable/Satellite, Blu-ray, Media Streamer, etc. to PCM, you can also use the analog audio connection option.”

The Advanced Sound Bar Connections

Now along with the digital optical, digital coaxial, as well as the analog stereo audio connections, your higher-end sound bar connection may be providing the option of HDMI.

The HDMI connections allow you to DVD, Blu-ray, HD-cable/satellite box, or media streamer with the help of the soundbar to your TV set. The video signals are able

to pass through easily, untouched the audio, however, can be extracted and decoded or processed by the soundbar itself..

HDMI is also capable of reducing the overall clutter between the soundbar and the TV both so you do not have to connect separate cables to the TV for video and the soundbar for audio from an external source device. ARC Channel is also supported in addition to HDMI. It allows the TV to send out different audio services to the soundbar by using the same HDMI cable that the soundbar has used to pass video through to the TV which means that there is no need to use an extra cable for connection to the TV.  Go to the HDMI options of your TV set to activate this feature, if needed, consult the set-up guide of your Tv for further instructions. A subwoofer output is also included in many TVs to connect your soundbar to it.

There is one more connection included on some of the soundbars, it is an Ethernet port, it allows you to stream different services by connecting to your home internet connection. In some soundbars, Wi-Fi also comes built in so you can enjoy different services.

Soundbars with Subwoofer Setup

Now if you have a sound bar that comes with a subwoofer, you may need to find a place to put it in. You need to be Soundbars with Subwoofersure that the subwoofer is installed in a place from where you can easily hear it. Another thing that you need to do after you are happy with the quality of the sound bar is checking its voice quality and making sure that the voice is neither too high nor too low. Also check for the master volume control option on your soundbar for ease.

Soundbars with Surround Speakers and Setup

Some sound bars include both subwoofer and surround speakers in these cases the subwoofer is wireless and the surround speaker is connected via input.

The soundbar can produce a sound for the front left, the center, and the right channels, but it sends bass and surround signals wirelessly to the subwoofer. The subwoofer then routes the surround signals to the connected speakers. This eliminates the wire running from the front to the back of the room, it also restricts the placement of the subwoofer, which needs to be near the surround speakers. On the other hand, some of the soundbars from Sonos do not allow the connection of so many wires to the system but they still need to be plugged to AC power.

If a soundbar has surround speaker, then it is best that they be kept at 10 to 20 degree behind the position of hearing. They also should be kept away from the sides of the room so you can listen at an optimum level. You may also need to adjust the sound of the speaker and balance it as well.

Sound Bars with Digital Sound Projection Setup

Another kind of projector you may see is the Digital Sound Projector. This kind of a soundbar is made by the Yamaha. It is identified with a model number that starts with the letter “YSP” (Yamaha Sound Projector).

Sound Bars with Digital Sound Projection SetupIn this speaker, there is a continuous layout of “beam drivers” instead of a common speaker. You may need to set it up differently due to some complexities.

  • First of all, utilize the option to assign the beam driver into different groups to enable the number of channels you want.
  • Next, you can also plug in a microphone in the soundbar to set it up. Soundbar may be able to generate test tones and the microphone will pick them up and send them back to the soundbar.
  • The software included in this speaker then analyzes the tomes and adjusts them to the environment of your room.
  • If you have a room with one or more open ends, then this kind of speaker is something you should have.

 Sound Bar vs. Sound Base Setup

Another variation of soundbar comes in the shape of a sound base. The sound bases work best with those TVs that come with center stands. Depending upon the name of the company a sound base may be labeled as an “audio console,” “sound pedestal,” “sound platform,” or “TV speaker base,” sound plate” etc.

Sound Bars with Bluetooth and Wireless Multi-Room Audio

Bluetooth

Another feature common on many soundbars is the Bluetooth speaker which allows you to play different services from your phone or another device directly with the speaker.Sound Bars with Bluetooth and Wireless Multi-Room Audio

Wireless Multi-room Audio

Another feature in many soundbars is the mono room audio feature. It allows you to use your soundbar in conjunction with a smartphone app in order to send music from the connected sources or music which is streamed from the internet to the compatible wireless speakers that may be present in another place of the house.

Final Verdict

Even though most people do not need a sound bar when they have a fully established audio setup at their homes, soundbars are still a great replacement for the normal audio sources if you do not have one, if you have one, it is easy to use the soundbar as an option for second room TV viewing. Make sure that when you purchase a sound bar, you do not keep the price in mind but the overall installation as well as the features if you want your soundbar to be a good one.

This was all about Connecting and Setting up your Soundbar for home use. Let us know if you have any questions. We will be happy to answer. Until next time.

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