How To Connect Vizio Soundbar To TV | 3-Steps Guide

There’s an excellent built-in speaker system on VIZIO TVs. The internal speakers indeed produce good sound, but you may need deeper bass and higher volume. An external speaker or soundbar will give you immersive surround sound. Vizio TV also has an option for connecting a home theater system. You have different options for connecting a soundbar to your Vizio TV.

This article will explain how you can connect a soundbar to your Vizio TV.

Soundbar connected to Vizio TV with Bluetooth

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Bluetooth LE offers low-power transmission. It is available on Vizio televisions right now. In this case, it will not connect to a Bluetooth soundbar.

In addition, your smartphone can be paired with your Vizio TV. The Bluetooth function on the Vizio TV works mostly for connecting with the VIZIO SmartCast mobile app. Your Vizio TV can be controlled with this app from your smartphone.

You can connect a soundbar to a Vizio TV using a wired connection. There are two options for wired connections; S/PDIF or Analog cable.

Soundbar connected to Vizio TV with S/PDIF cable

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Digital audio is transmitted over two channels in a S/PDIF cable. Two types of sound are available: compressed 5.1/7.1 surround and uncompressed PCM. HD audio can be transmitted with this cable. It eliminates extra noise. As a result, the sound flow is smooth.

These steps will assist you in connecting a soundbar to your Vizio TV via the S/PDIF cable;

  • Make sure both your Vizio TV and soundbar are off before connecting them.
  • On your TV, look for the S/PDIF or optical port. This type of port is usually found on the rear side of Vizio TVs.
  • Connect the audio port of your TV to the S/PDIF cable.
  • Connect the other end of the cable to the S/PDIF port on the soundbar’s rear panel.
  • Power up the soundbar using its power cord. Turn on your Vizio TV as well.
  • Press the S/PDIF input button on your soundbar or remote to enable this feature.

To connect an external soundbar, you must turn off the TV’s internal speakers. Follow these steps to do so;

  • Click your finger on the “Menu” button on your Vizio TV remote to access the menu. The menu will appear on the TV screen.
  • Scroll to the “Audio” option by clicking the right arrow button.
  • Then, select “Speakers” by clicking the down arrow button.
  • The speaker status will be displayed as “ON.” By pressing the right arrow button, you can turn off the speaker.
  • You can now turn off the internal speakers. You will now hear the sound through the soundbar.

Using the Analog Cable to Connect a Soundbar to a Vizio TV

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Signals from the TV are sent via analog cables to the speakers or soundbar. Vizio TVs are capable of being connected to soundbars using analog cables. Here are some tips;

  • Make sure that both your TV and soundbar are turned off before connecting them.
  • The “Analog” port is located on the backside of your Vizio TV.
  • Your TV will have a port where you can connect the RCA/Analog cable.
  • On the rear panel of your soundbar, you will find the “Input 1” or “Input 2” ports.
  • Next, you need to plug the other end of the RCA cable into one of the input ports.
  • The TV and soundbar should be turned on at the same time.
  • Now, on the soundbar or on the remote, press the “Input” button.
  • As a device for input, select the TV.

When connecting an external soundbar to a TV, you must turn off the internal TV speakers. The same steps are applied here as well as in the previous section.

The internal speakers will be turned off by tapping the menu on your TV. The soundbar will automatically receive audio from the Vizio TV.

You can use any of the three methods discussed here to connect your Vizio TV to your soundbar. We have outlined them all to choose the method that is most convenient for you.


Why does my Vizio soundbar not connect to my TV?

Make sure that all other HDMI connections are disconnected from your TV. Turn off both your TV and your Vizio soundbar. Turn off any other HDMI devices as well. Make sure the Vizio soundbar is connected correctly to your TV, then test it again.

Is the Vizio soundbar compatible with all TVs?

Yes, All you need is an optical or HDMI cable to connect the two devices. You can use a Vizio soundbar with a Samsung TV. Use digital cables instead of analog ones since analog can’t deliver high-quality sound.

Does my soundbar require an HDMI cable?

The majority of TVs today have HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports. Nevertheless, you should ensure that your TV has an HDMI ARC port if you plan on connecting a soundbar.

What is better, HDMI or HDMI ARC?

Regular HDMI connectors have the only capability of transmitting video images. ARC, however, has the added capability of transmitting audio from a TV back to where it came from, such as an audio receiver or soundbar. As a result, both video and audio signals can be transmitted using just one cable.