How to Connect Soundbar to TV without Optical Cable?

I believe you already know why you should connect a soundbar to your TV. The sound that comes out from the television speaker is terrifying and very poor in quality. That’s why home theater system, soundbar system have become popular. Among all these alternatives, I think soundbar connecting is more convenient and economical.

Soundbars associate your TV speaker to provide good quality sound. It takes up less space. Besides, you don’t need to hassle for setting up couples of speakers. However, connecting the soundbar to TV is not as much difficult as many think. You just have to decide how you are going to connect them.

There are mainly two primary ways of connecting soundbar to a TV. One way is that connecting all media components to your TV using an Optical Cable. And the other is connecting all audio and video components to the soundbar. The first way is easy to connect comparatively.

But what if there’s no optical input on your TV? Then, you can’t connect the TV to the soundbar by optical cable. Now, let’s jump into the discussion on connecting soundbar and TV without optical cable.

Television or Soundbar as The Media Hub

You can easily make your TV as your media hub. The newer TVs has 4 or more HDMI inputs and also video inputs. Thus, it has become quite easy to make the TV as the destination for all media hubs. Making TV the source medium means you can connect other media components directly to your TV.

Joining Blu-ray player, the game console with the TV is now a cakewalk. You can even transmit audio from the television to other devices by its optical output. Making the TV as the media hub is both logical and convenient. Moreover, the audio transferring plays to strengths the TV. Thus you can use a simple soundbar without HDMI switching with ease.

Well, you can’t always do the job easily. Many users mount their flat panel TV on the wall. If that’s the case, you can’t use the TV as the destination of other components. In this case, usually just a single HDMI cable is has been run to the TV in the wall. Connecting extra lines becomes hard, simply say to downright impossible.

If this is the case, using a more sophisticated soundbar can solve the problems. The soundbar should have several HDMI or ARC inputs. Then, the soundbar can send the incoming video as one single HDMI output, while switching.

Amplification of Sounds from Optical Inputs

All inputs get amplified while transmitting audio signals. While browsing for soundbars you’ll hear from many salesmen that the inputs don't amplify. You should just smack their faces or just walk away. If the input doesn’t amplify, you can’t control volume level. So, keep this in mind that sounds from optical inputs will surely be amplified.

Optical Cables to Control Sound

Optical cables can transmit up to 5.1 surround channels very well. With the optical cable, you can connect different media components directly to the TV. The optical cable transmits the audio signals from the TV to the soundbar via optical output. You can change the sources with the remote of your soundbar.

What’s “Surround Sound” Soundbars?

Usually, the soundbars use 2 kinds of technologies to stream virtual surround sound.

The first kind is “sound expander” technology. This system allows the sound coming from the speaker to sound to fill up a larger space. In reality, they are only expanded stereo sound not the “surround sound”.

The second type is “virtual sound” technology. It’s truly surround sound. This technology provides expanded the stereo experience. At the same time, this technology can simulate the sound that comes from many directions. The system doesn’t require multiple speakers to stream audio. You will find this soundbar as 4.1, 5.1, 7.1 channel surround soundbars.

How To Connecting Soundbar to TV without Optical Cable

If your TV doesn't have any inputs for optical cable, then just use HDMI connections. HDMI connection is definitely a better alternative. By the HDMI connection, you can even transmit 7.1 or more surround channels. This connection also allows you to transmit the uncompressed high fidelity streams.

To connect the soundbar to your TV via HDMI follow the steps:

  1. Plug in one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT jack. The HDMI OUT or TV-ARC jack is on the bottom side of the soundbar.
  2. Now, connect the remaining end of the HDMI cable to the ARC or HDMI IN jack. This jack situates on your TV.
  3. Turn on the soundbar by pressing the power button or use the remote. The word “HELLO” will appear on the display screen, if the soundbar turns on.
  4. Then, click the source button on the soundbar. Otherwise, use the remote until you watch the word D.IN on the display.

Final Word

Connecting the soundbar with the TV by optical cable is relatively easy than other ways. But many TV doesn’t have the input for optical cable. If your case is similar, use HDMI connection alternatively. HDMI connection is not so difficult. Rather, by HDMI connection you can join two or three media components with your TV. I think from the primer, you’ve got the facts about how to use HDMI cable. So, quickly connect your TV to the soundbar and enjoy the best quality audio.

11 thoughts on “How to Connect Soundbar to TV without Optical Cable?”

  1. i have tried this with a Panasonic SC-HTB258 but to no avail. My Panasonic TV is not ARC enabled which may be the problem.Do I need an adaptor of some sort?

  2. I have a Samsung TV model # PA43H4000 which does not have HDMI (ARC), Toslink, Coaxial or RCA output. It only has one 3.5mm Audio output on the side. Please please advise how can I connect it to a Panasonic SU HT B68B Soundbar which has only HDMI (ARC), and a Toslink Fiber Optics input. It also has Bluetooth. Please advise what intermediary devices or cables that will require. Thank you in advance.

  3. My Samsung 56 inch tv does not have any Audio output connection. No Optical either. Can I connect to AUX for my soundbar? Also what is a Wiselink? Please help.

  4. Thank you, you have provided more information than I have gleaned from days of searching.

    I have an LG tv; not smart, using 1 HDMI for fire stick; but found another HDMI; this may work out well for me !!

    Many thanks!

  5. Where do you buy a cable cord with male USB Type A at one end and a male Mini HDMI at the other? There is nothing on the market. The only one that appears to be available says “for charging only”.

  6. I have an ONN bar and a Samsung TV.
    I use the HDMI ARC connectors. No sound at all.
    There is no “hello” nor “D.IN” displayed anywhere. Definitively not on the soundbar because it does not have displays.
    To make the soundbar work, many more steps are necessary and NONE are mentioned.
    Revise your write-up to make it useful. As of right now, it is a piece of you know what.

  7. Ladies and Germs:
    Using your method does not work: Using HDMI output on the soundbar to the HDMI input on the Smart TV only supplies sound; to the TV, that is ALREADY coming INTO the soundbar from another device with audio OPTICAL out… (unless you are using a digital inverter for ANALOG to DIGITAL… which in this case, still DOESN’T work, because your ‘output’ source for the inverter has to be analog.)
    NOTE:(The manufacturers of ALL of today’s ‘Smart’ electronics do not have an Optical OUT…. or an HDMI OUT… unless custom made.)
    Your method does NOT work to supply sound FROM a ‘Smart’ TV … TO … any sound device unless said ‘Smart’ TV has an Optical INPUT…. which none do.


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