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Use the TV speakers as the center speaker

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    This information is provided to help you use your TV speakers as a center speaker with your audio system or soundbar.

    TV center speaker mode or S-Center speaker mode

    Note: Using a soundbar with S-Center support (models HT-A7000/HT-A5000) connected to an LCD TV, it's normal for the LCD TV to only output high frequencies when used as a center speaker. The low and mid-range frequencies will continue to output from the soundbar.

    When connecting a TV with the TV center speaker mode or the S-Center speaker mode to an audio system or soundbar, you can use your TV as your center speaker. Conversations sound natural when you use your TV as part of your center speaker because you can hear them from the screen and its vicinity. Models with TV center speaker mode or S-Center speaker mode have either CENTER SPEAKER IN or S-CENTER SPEAKER IN terminals on the back of the TV.

    • CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal: You can use the TV speaker as a center speaker by connecting to a home theater (with an AV receiver).
    • S-CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal: By connecting to a specific soundbar that has an S-CENTER SPEAKER OUT terminal using the TV center speaker mode cable (supplied with the soundbar), you can use the TV speaker as a part of your center speaker.
      Note: The S-Center speaker input is compatible with the HT-A9, HT-A7000, HT-A5000, and HT-A3000 soundbar models. (As of September 2022)

    Acoustic Center Sync

    If your TV supports both the Acoustic Surface Audio/Acoustic Multi Audio and Acoustic Center Sync, when using Acoustic Center Sync, the sound can match exactly what's displayed on the screen exactly where the character is standing in the scene. Providing more precisely tuned actions and sound for a more immersive experience.

    Note: This feature is only available on the 2021 and later TV models. (As of August 2022)

    Speaker cable connection

    If your TV has the center speaker mode capability and you want to use it as a center speaker, connect a Home theater with an A/V Receiver to the CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal on the TV.

    Note: For connecting your TV and a soundbar using the S-CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal or any additional information, refer to the Help Guide of your TV.

    Speaker cable connection

    Use a speaker cable to connect the AV receiver to the CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal of the TV.

    • [A]. AV receiver
    • [B]. TV
    • [C]. Speaker cable
    • [D]. A/V Receiver CENTER OUT terminal
    • [E]. TV CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal - The type of CENTER SPEAKER IN terminal varies depending on the model
    • [F]. HDMI (ARC) cable or optical digital audio cable connecting the TV and the A/V Receiver. For additional details, refer to the BRAVIA Connectivity Guide.


    • Connect the speaker cable with matching (+/-) polarities.
    • To output audio from the Home theater system, follow the steps below
      • For the A95L series: Press the Quick Settings (spanner) button, then select Display & SoundAudio outputAudio system settings.
        If the Acoustic Center Sync is set to OFF, turn it On.
      • For 2021 models: press the Quick Settings (spanner or gear) button, then select SettingsDisplay & SoundAudio outputSpeakersAudio system.
      • For other models: press the HOME button, then select the Settings icon → Display & SoundAudio outputSpeakersAudio system.
    • If the Audio outTV center speaker mode is OFF, turn it ON.
    • If you can't hear any sound from the speakers, check the A/V Receiver's setting or audio signal. For detailed information, check your A/V Receiver manual.

    Performing an automatic calibration

    If available, use your audio system's automatic calibration function. The measured distance may be several meters farther than the actual distance. If your audio system doesn't have automatic calibration, set the center speaker level of your audio system manually.