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How to connect a power soundbar to an AV receiver

How to connect a power soundbar to an av receiver. If you’re looking for a way to improve the sound quality of your TV without spending too much money, then connecting a powered soundbar to an av receiver might be the solution.

Soundbars are great because they can provide more robust and more prosperous sounding audio than TVs speakers on their own. They also take up less space than traditional stereo systems.

This article will show how to connect a power soundbar to an av receiver with minimal hassle or technical knowledge!

Soundbars work by emitting sound waves through small drivers that are attached to one end of it. These drivers emit high-frequency sounds which bounce off walls and objects in the room, amplifying them as they go along before reaching your ears.

How To Connect a Power Soundbar To An AV Receiver

guide on how to connect a power soundbar to an av receiver

To get started, make sure you have the following items ready:

1. An av receiver with front speaker outputs or an av Preamplifier (these typically have a built-in amplifier to power speakers). These will require a left and right speaker wire connection from the soundbar to the av receiver.

2. A power soundbar with line-level inputs and outputs for connecting your TV. Make sure that if you’re going to use surround speakers, they are Bluetooth enabled or have direct network connections so that they can emit audio through your av receiver.

Also, be aware of other compatible add-ons such as mounting brackets and raised stands if required for speakers—the all-important power cord.

3. The TV power cord and a wall plug socket to connect the soundbar to the mains.

4. A Bluetooth enabled device such as your laptop (if you’re using surround speakers with your soundbar), phone or tablet for connecting to your soundbar wirelessly through Bluetooth (in case of using surround speakers).

5. A source input cable plugs into your soundbars audio output on one end, and the other end will be plugged into an HDMI port (or component video/av if your av receiver does not support HDMI inputs).

Your devices volume control may also need adjusting depending on its capabilities, so remember that too!

1. Unpack the Power Soundbar

Unpack the Power Soundbar

First, unpack the power soundbar and remove any sticky plastic or protective pieces that may conceal its sleek exterior.

Some manufacturers such as Sony make their products look like speakers with an integrated subwoofer (we call them HTIBs for home theatre in a box—all you need is to connect them to your TV.

You’ll have an instant surround sound fix) but most will come in two components; the soundbar body which houses all of its features and connections and a separate subwoofer if it has one (two-channel bar).

2. Connect the Speaker Wires

The next step is to connect the spade lugs on either end of the speaker wire to the speaker outputs of your av receiver or preamp. This is pretty straightforward; insert them in and twist until it’s securely seated.

Double-check all connections before proceeding! If you’re using surround speakers, make sure they are connected through rear speaker outputs (again, these will typically be spade lugs connectors).

3. Connect the Main Supply

Connect the Main Supply

Then connect a wall plug to the power cord socket on your soundbar and subsequently plug it into an available wall socket while making sure that any surge protectors you have between them are switched off.

Likewise, if you’re going to use a surge protector for your av receiver/preamp, switch it on at this point.

4. Connect to the TV/AV Receiver

Next, connect a source input cable into your av receiver’s/preamp’s HDMI inputs and then use a second one plugged into your soundbar’s audio output on one end.

The other side will be plugged into an HDMI port on the av receiver or preamp. Once this connection is made, you can plug in your TV power cord as well.

5. Connect Surround Speakers

Connect Surround Speakers

Using surround speakers, make sure they are routed from their dedicated rear speaker outputs to your av receiver/preamp.

Connect those to the surround speaker inputs of your av receiver/preamp using reliable cables.

Alternatively, if you’re using speakers that are Bluetooth enabled or have direct audio connections on them (such as wireless rear or front speakers)

So that they can emit their audio through your soundbar and not via your TV’s built-in speakers, go ahead and connect it around now.

6. Adjustments for Volume Levels

Finally, remember that once everything is connected, you will need to independently adjust (raise/lower) volume levels for each source, such as; the power soundbar itself.

Any wireless rear speakers you may be used with its volume control knob and any other source components that are connected to your av receiver.

Why Would You Want to Connect a Soundbar to Your Receiver?

reason to connect a power soundbar to an av receiver

Connecting your soundbar to an av receiver will provide you with many benefits. The first main benefit is that it creates a richer, fuller sounding audio experience.

This is because soundbars are designed to emit sounds 360 degrees around the room, which means they project their sound towards all four walls of a room and then bounce back into the middle using different objects such as chairs, couches, and tables.

With the addition of an av receiver and its front-facing speaker outputs wirelessly streaming your music from any Bluetooth enabled device, your home entertainment centre will look sleek and trim!

Also, when combined with an av receiver, you can add rear speakers for surround sound effects (if your av receiver supports this). Another benefit is space-saving.

Lastly, if you have a non-smart TV, you can use an av receiver with a soundbar to make it bright.


The only disadvantage of connecting a powered soundbar to an av receiver is that when using rear speakers for surround sound, you lose the ability to emit sounds from the front of your speaker.

So if you’re using it as a home theatre system, this may hamper its capability somewhat depending on how essential surround effects are to your movie-watching experience.


How do you connect a powered soundbar to an av receiver?

Connecting your amplifier and speakers is pretty straightforward, but if you’re new to the process of making connections, then this article should help you out.

If your amp or receiver doesn’t have HDMI inputs, you can use standard composite AV cables as the soundbar is almost always provided.

Don’t have much experience connecting home theatre systems? Consider consulting an expert to help you out if this is your first time making connections.

How do you connect a soundbar to a TV/av receiver via HDMI?

If you are experiencing audio dropout or delay, check your HDMI cable. If you’re using an HDMI cable that’s more than 15ft (4.5m) long, try moving your source or speakers closer to the soundbar.

Also, make sure nothing interferes with the connection between the HDMI output on your TV and soundbar, such as curtains, metal blinds/screens etc.

How to connect surround speakers to the soundbar via Bluetooth?

This article only covers the basics of making connections. For more advanced setups, you will need to consult your av receiver’s manual or an expert for further help with adjustments.

In some cases, it may be necessary to have specific surround speakers to work with certain kinds of soundbars.

How do you adjust volume levels for each source on a powered soundbar?

If your soundbar doesn’t offer remote control, you will need to independently adjust all connected sources such as the av receiver, source components and the power soundbar itself to a comfortable level for a good listening experience.

How do you connect a powered soundbar to an av receiver via Bluetooth?

Soundbars and receivers capable of connecting wirelessly to rear speakers usually require both devices to be bound the same way as the process described in this article.

The only difference is that these soundbars don’t need any other cables plugged into their rear speaker outputs because they will emit all audio wirelessly.


How to connect a power soundbar to an av receiver. Power soundbars provide rich and powerful sound, so you don’t need to sit close to your TV or use prominent speakers around the room.

Connecting a powered soundbar to an av receiver with minimal hassle and technical knowledge doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow this simple guide!

Thanks for reading this article! I hope you got what you needed from it. Have a nice day.

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