How do I connect my soundbar to my wired speakers?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To connect your soundbar to your wired speakers, you will need an AV receiver. The AV receiver acts as a central hub for all your audio devices and allows you to connect multiple speakers and sources.

Here are the steps to connect your soundbar to your wired speakers:

1. Check the AV receiver: Make sure your AV receiver has the necessary audio inputs and outputs to connect both your soundbar and your wired speakers. Most AV receivers have RCA or Aux inputs for the soundbar and speaker wire outputs for the wired speakers.

2. Position your soundbar: Decide where you want to place your soundbar. It is typically placed below or above the television for optimal sound projection. Ensure that there is enough space and proper ventilation around it.

3. Connect the soundbar to the AV receiver: Using either an RCA cable or an Aux cable, connect one end to the audio output on your soundbar and the other end to the corresponding audio input on the AV receiver. Make sure you match the left and right channels correctly.

4. Connect the wired speakers to the AV receiver: Take the speaker wires and connect them to the speaker wire outputs on the AV receiver. Most receivers have color-coded terminals (red for positive, black for negative) or labeled speaker terminals for easy identification. Ensure that you connect the positive and negative terminals correctly.

5. Position your wired speakers: Decide where you want to place your wired speakers. Consider factors like room acoustics and speaker placement guidelines for optimal sound quality. Ensure that the speakers are securely positioned and not obstructed by any objects.

6. Secure the speaker wires: Once you have positioned the wired speakers, secure the speaker wires to prevent any accidental disconnection. You can use cable clips, adhesive hooks, or cable management systems to keep the wires organized and out of the way.

7. Power on the AV receiver: Plug in the AV receiver and turn it on. Ensure that all the connections are secure and properly seated.

8. Configure the AV receiver: Use the AV receiver’s on-screen display or menu system to configure the audio settings. Select the appropriate input source for your soundbar and ensure that the speaker setup is set to the correct configuration (e.g., stereo, surround sound, etc.).

9. Power on the soundbar and sources: Turn on your soundbar and the audio source devices, such as a TV, Blu-ray player, or gaming console. Make sure the volume levels are set to an appropriate level on both the soundbar and the AV receiver.

10. Test the audio: Play some audio or video content to test the audio setup. Ensure that sound is coming from both the soundbar and the wired speakers. Adjust the volume levels and speaker balance as needed to achieve the desired audio experience.

Remember, the specific steps may vary depending on the make and model of your soundbar, AV receiver, and wired speakers. Always refer to the user manuals for detailed instructions and consult an expert if you encounter any difficulties.

By following these steps, you should be able to connect your soundbar to your wired speakers using an AV receiver, providing you with an immersive audio experience for your home entertainment setup.