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Connecting Soundbar To LG TV With HDMI (Explained)

Soundbars are sent by the aural heavens. Let me tell you why.

These speakers are easy to install. They are connected to your TV by using HDMI cables or other proprietary connectors. You get a clear sound with them without sweat at all.

The result? A stunningly immersive experience that fills the room with crisp, rich acoustics wirelessly!

Here’s the deal. Connecting a soundbar to your television via HDMI isn’t as simple as plugging in and turning it on. The key to getting them set up correctly involves three essential steps. Read on now!

While this is something you hear about, did you know what it takes to get them working?

Connecting Soundbar to LG TV with HDMI ARC

Connecting Soundbar to LG TV with HDMI ARC (Step-By-Step Guide)

Another way to connect a soundbar to an LG television is the HDMI ARC port. Here are the key steps to get your soundbar working in your precious LG TV!

Step One: Locate the ARC Input Port on Your Soundbar

First off, you need to find the ARC port on your soundbar. Depending on the make and model, it’s typically labeled and located in an accessible area. Once you have located where your soundbar is equipped with the HDMI ARC input, it’s time to connect. Below are instructions for this connection between your soundbar and television.

Step Two: Connect Your Soundbar to Your TV

As mentioned, connecting your soundbar to your LG TV involves plugging in a connector. Here are step-by-step instructions on making the actual connection: 

  • Use the HDMI cable to connect the ARC port on your soundbar to the TV ports. 
  • Next, use another HDMI cable to connect one of the HDMI OUT ports on the TV.  Then, connect it with any one of its HDMI IN ports (usually labeled something like “1” or “HDMI 1”). This last part isn’t necessary if you’re connecting to a newer model of LG TV (a 2015 or 2016 model).

Step Three: Turn on Your Soundbar and LG TV, and Set Surround Sound Mode

Now that the devices are connected – it’s time to power on both your soundbar and television. Here’s how you can do it:

  • First, turn on both your soundbar and your television.
  • Turn the knob on your new home theater system. Another option would be pressing the “Input” button on your remote. Do that until you see a picture displaying the connection between them. As an input mode, choose either “HDMI” or “ARC.
  • Through the settings menu, look for any but unnecessary audio signals.
  • If there isn’t a connection preset, be sure to match the surround sound setting on your soundbar to the one on your TV.

You should now be all set up! From there, you should now have everything set up correctly. Get ready to enjoy the whole experience of having a soundbar!

Connecting Soundbar to LG TV without ARC (Step-By-Step Guide)

Of course, you don’t have to use HDMI or ARC when connecting your soundbar to your television – there are other ways! Here are step-by-step instructions on connecting using an optical cable for this purpose.

Step One: Locate the Optical Input Port on Your Soundbar

The first thing that needs doing is finding the optical input port on your new soundbar. You can usually do this in two ways: The plug is clearly labeled with “optical” somewhere near its base. Next, look for an outline where the plug will fit into the socket of a similar size. If you don’t see it, there is a chance your bar is outfitted with an optical input port. If you’re still unable to locate it, refer to your soundbar’s instruction manual.

Step Two: Connect Your Soundbar to Your TV Using Optical Cables

The next step is making this connection between the soundbar and television. This involves plugging in optical cables from both devices as mentioned previously. Here are the steps to make this connection between your soundbar and television:

  • Using the optical cable provided of your soundbar, connect the device to the TV.
  • Ensure that the connections are intact.
  • Plugin another optical cable into any available OPTICAL IN port on your television*

*This last part isn’t necessary if you’re connecting to a newer model of LG TV (a 2015 or 2016 model).

Step Three: Turn on Your Soundbar and LG TV, and Set Surround Sound Mode

Now that the devices are connected, you will be turning your soundbar on. You also need to set your television up for surround sound. Here’s how:

  • Power on both your soundbar and television
  • Press the “Input” button on your remote. You can also turn the knob on your new home theater system. Do that until you see an image representing the connection between them. Select either “OPTICAL” or “PCM” as an input mode
  • Search for any but unneeded audio signals through the settings menu
  • If the present doesn’t exist, turn on your soundbar’s surround sound mode. This is to match the one available on your TV.

And you’re all done! From there, your soundbar is now ready for use alongside your LG TV. It’s now time to immerse yourself in your favorite tunes.

Wrap-Up

That’s it! It would help if you now understood how to set up your soundbar alongside your LG television. While it may seem to be a somewhat complicated process at first, it isn’t that bad. In fact, within about an hour or two of doing this once, you will have mastered the entire setup – and we encourage you to do so!

If you found this information helpful, be sure to share it around with your friends and family. They might be having trouble getting their new soundbar up and running alongside their LG TV. Hope this helps you all and happy listening!