Article ID : 00014998 / Last Modified : 12/13/2019

Connect a Sound Bar to Your TV

    How to connect your TV and Soundbar will depend on the connection ports they have available.
    Check your devices and then choose the appropriate connection method below.

    Before You Start

    • The connections illustrated in this solution use the HT-CT660 sound bar. Your sound bar and TV connections may vary. Check your for model-specific information.

    1. Select Your Connection Method

    HDMI (ARC) HDMI and Optical digital audio cable Optical digital audio cable only

    To determine if the HDMI IN port on your TV supports the  Audio Return Channel (ARC)  function, check for the ARC label. If it doesn't have this label, the ARC function won't work.

    1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable (sold separately) to the HDMI IN (ARC) port on your TV.
    2. Connect the other end to the TV OUT (ARC) port on your sound bar.
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    1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable (sold separately) to the HDMI IN port on your TV.
    2. Connect the other end to the TV OUT (ARC) port on your sound bar.
    3. Then, connect an optical audio cable from the TV's Optical digital audio out to OPTICAL IN on your sound bar (this is necessary to hear the TV audio).
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    When you connect only with an optical audio cable, functions which require an HDMI connection, such as power interlock and volume control with the TV remote, won't be possible.

    1. Connect an optical audio cable from the TV's Optical digital audio out jack to the OPTICAL IN jack on your sound bar.
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    Note: If other devices are connected to the HDMI IN ports on your sound bar, you will hear the audio, but video won’t display on your TV screen. To see video, the device needs to be connected to the TV instead of the sound bar.


    Analog audio cable only Connect another device to your soundbar & TV

    Connect the analog audio cable from the TV's audio output jack to the ANALOG IN jack on your sound bar. The type of analog connections on your devices determine how you connect.

    • Stereo mini connection
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    • Stereo mini to RCA (red and white audio out jacks) connection
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    1. Connect your external device to the HDMI IN port on your TV with an HDMI cable.
    2. Connect the external device to your sound bar with an optical cable.

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    2. After your devices are connected, change the audio output settings.

    1. Turn on your TV.
    2. Turn on your Sound Bar.
    3. On your TV, switch the audio output setting from TV to audio system.

    Note: Depending on your model, it may also be necessary to switch your Sound Bar settings to TV.