How to Connect the Soundbar to TV without HDMI or Optical Cable

4 different ways to connect Soundbar to Tv. here we explained simple steps for how to setup Soundbar to connect to TV using HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) or Optical Cable.

How to Connect the Soundbar to TV without Optical cable or HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)?

4 Ways to connect your soundbar to TV
4 Ways to connect your soundbar to TV

Most of the well-known tv brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony etc have launched new models of tv which provides support for the HDMI audio return channel. The major advantage of the installation of the ARC port is that it enables the transmission of audio signals from the tv to be sent into the soundbar such as Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. The newest variants of these tv HDMI ports are known as ‘eARC’. The steps involved in connecting HDMI cable in the tv to the soundbar include:

How to connect the soundbar to tv without HDMI?

  • Bluetooth – This is one of the most common types of wireless technology that can be found in various speaker conversion kits. The Bluetooth set up consists of two devices which are a transmitter and a receiver. The function of the transmitter is to send a wide range of audio signals to the receiver by using the Bluetooth and the television gets connected to the soundbar. 
  • Radiofrequency – For the process of establishing a connection between the television and soundbar, radiofrequency is another type of connection that is used by the wireless conversion kits. To provide better coverage and transmission of audio signals, these radio frequency devices use the bandwidth of 2.4 gigahertz band. To minimise the interference that can occur as a result of multiple devices using the same frequency, some of the modern conversion kits use the technique of frequency hopping. 
  • WiFi – One of the less preferred connections that can be used for giving the television with wireless capability is the WiFi. In this technique, the transmitter employs the use of the internet to transmit the audio signals. These audio signals are then downloaded in the uncompressed form by the receiver for creating the output of the speaker. This method of connecting the soundbar to the television produces the best quality of audio but the intermission time is variable depending on the speed of the internet. Thus the presence of a faster Internet connection enables the audio quality of the output with high resolution. 
  • with HDMI

How to connect the Soundbar to TV with HDMI(High-Definition Multimedia Interface)?

  • Connect the HDMI cable from the tv audio return channel port (ARC) to the HDMI of the soundbar input.
  • Using the tv screen, select the tv sound settings menu and modify the tv sound output from speaker to external devices and then select HDMI along with disabling the inbuilt speakers. 
  • If sound effects are not turned on yet, check whether HDMI – CEC is enabled and this setting allows the soundbar and the tv to control one another by the use of an HDMI connection. 

Connecting a soundbar to a television using HDMI is one of the most widely used and up to date methods of connecting audiovisual devices. Hence using HDMI is one of the most preferred ways to connect the television and the soundbar. HDMI can be used only if both the soundbar as well as television support it. For connecting a soundbar to the television using HDMI, the television needs the presence of HDMI ARC ports. Most of the newly manufactured television sets have been found to contain several HDMI inputs. For enabling the soundbar to be connected to the tv, one of these HDMI ports must enable access for ARC. This port will be labelled next to the port on the tv as ‘ ARC’. 

  •  optical cable

One of the most commonly used ways of connecting a tv with a soundbar before the advent of HDMI was by using an optical cable. This method can still be used for connecting the tv to the soundbar if both the tv as well as the soundbar contain the optical output and the audio input units. Optical cables are still widely used on many television sets and it is present on the backside of the tv. Many soundbars that are manufactured nowadays have inbuilt optical audio inputs and it provides one of the best ways for connecting the soundbar to the television without the presence of HDMI. The various steps that are involved in connecting the optical cable to the soundbar include:

How to connect the soundbar to tv with  Optical cable?

  • Connect the optical digital audio output cable that is present in the tv to the optical input of the soundbar. 
  • Open the audio menu in the tv and modify the sound output settings to external speakers of the optical output and also the inbuilt speakers should be disabled. 
  • Turning the volume of the television to zero also enables the sound coming from the soundbar to be heard with utmost clarity.
  • Without optical cable

When the tv needs to be connected to a soundbar without the presence of optical cable, it can be done using the stereo analogue RCA input. This variant of analogue connection is usually found in budget models or older television models. This method of connecting the soundbar and the television is also present in soundbars that contain multiple inputs which enables more external devices to be connected to the soundbar.

How to connect the soundbar to tv without Optical cable?

The setup can done by using a standard stereo analogue audio wire form a stereo analogue output form the television.( or )

How to connect the soundbar to tv without Optical cable
How to connect the soundbar to tv without Optical cable

the soundbar can be connected to  a stereo RCA cable. The connection can be set up by connecting the red and white connectors  of  RCA connections present on the soundbar. 

  • Without HDMI

The most preferred alternative to the use of HDMI is by going wireless which enables the connection of the television to the soundbar without the presence of all the multiple wires and also not compromising the audio quality that can be given by the soundbar. The advantages of connecting the tv and soundbar wirelessly are that it does not require various devices for connecting and it can be easily done by connecting the transmitter to the tv and then the receiver to the soundbar. Some of the different types of wireless speaker connections include:


Some of the advantages of using the wireless method of connecting the television to the soundbar are that it causes less clutter, provides an all in one audio connection and it enables the user to use more channels in addition to providing the surround sound effects. The disadvantages of using this technique are that it is less expensive and they are limited in range.