The audio and video on my TV are out of sync or there's an audio delay
This article provides a variety of steps and information to address delayed audio or audio and video that's out of sync on your TV. This condition is sometimes resolved by simply turning your TV off and then back on. If the issue continues, use the information provided to help you resolve this issue.
- Before you start
- Common troubleshooting
- Additional troubleshooting for Google TV™ and Android TV™ models
Before you start
There are a number of circumstances that can cause the audio and video to be out of sync.
- If watching a TV program, it could be the broadcast itself or a bad connection between your cable/satellite set-top box (if applicable).
- If a DVD or Blu-ray Disc® player is connected, a poor connection or the disc itself could be the cause.
- When connected to a home theater system with a digital optical cable, then there may be an audio delay that requires a manual adjustment on the home theater system. There may even be a setting on the TV itself causing this issue.
- If the TV is connected to a soundbar or home theater system (with an HDMI cable or optical cable), the sound may be delayed due to audio processing delays in the soundbar or home theater system. In such cases, there are no issues with the TV speakers.
Note: If there is an input lag issue when using a game console with a Google TV or Android TV, refer to the article Reduce input lag when using the Game setting.
Because each of the steps below represents a possible solution to this issue, check if the issue is resolved after completing each step.
- Make sure that the TV has the latest system software (firmware) installed.
Note: For how to update the TV, refer to the article How to perform a software update on your TV.
- If watching a TV program, try changing the channel to see if the problem occurs on other channels; if it only occurs on one channel, then the issue is with the broadcast.
Note: If the issue occurs on one channel only, contact the broadcast network provider.
- Make sure all cables are securely connected to the TV and the source device (set-top box, DVD player, BD player, home theater system, or game console).
- Try playing a different video source to determine if the issue occurs with other connected devices.
- If your TV has a Game Mode setting, do one of the following:
- Set the Game Mode to Off when watching TV or playing a DVD or BD.
- Set the Game Mode to On when playing a video game.
- Perform a power reset on the TV. For details, refer to the following:
- For Google TV and Android TV: How do I power reset my Android TV or Google TV?
- For other TV: How do I power reset my LCD / LED or Projection TV?
- If there is a home theater system and a digital optical cable is used in the connection, manually change the Audio/Video Sync or Audio Delay setting on the home theater system (if available).
- Audio delay adjustments usually range from 0ms to approximately 250ms.
- For information about the availability of A/V sync or Audio Delay setting, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the product.
- For a third-party home theater system, check the instruction manual or contact the manufacturer for information on how to adjust the A/V sync setting.
Additional troubleshooting for Google TV and Android TV models
When connecting an audio system to the HDMI IN (eARC or ARC) port of the TV
When the sound from the TV speakers is not in sync with the picture via HDMI
If the issue is still unresolved, service may be required.