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Soundbar Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

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Soundbar Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Audio is a critical part of most people’s daily lives. Whether it’s a song, a podcast, or the audio of your favorite show, you want to make sure that you get great sound when you listen to something. This can often be difficult when it comes to TVs though! Most TVs don’t have the best built-in speakers, so connecting an external speaker is usually the best way to get great sound. If you connect one and find that it’s not working though …well, don’t worry! You won’t need to call anyone for help (or buy a new speaker). Many issues with soundbars are actually pretty easy to fix. In this article, we will cover four troubleshooting steps for when your Soundbar is not working properly. By following these steps you should hopefully be able to pinpoint what the problem is and know how to fix it so that your system will work perfectly again in no time.

Check for Obstructions

If your soundbar is not working and you’re sure it’s connected properly, there could be an obstruction between the TV and soundbar. This can be anything from a stack of DVDs to a sofa cushion, so do check for any potential issues.

Check the cables are not loose and that your device has power—if it does not turn on, check the power cable or wall socket if applicable. Make sure that you have selected the correct input on your TV, as this may lead to some confusion as to why nothing is playing through the speakers when it should be possible.

If none of these steps work and all seems well with your setup but still no sound comes out of either device then perhaps something within one of them has failed?

Reboot Your Soundbar and the Device You’re Streaming From

The first thing you want to do when troubleshooting your soundbar is reboot it. To do this, simply unplug the power cord from the back of your soundbar and plug it back in. If there’s still no response, try rebooting your TV or another device that you’re streaming music through.

  • How to reboot a soundbar: Unplugging the soundbar’s power cord from its wall socket and then plugging it back in can solve many issues with no additional steps required. So if you have a wireless device like an Apple TV or Roku box, you’ll need to unplug their HDMI cables as well as their power cords before removing them from their respective ports on your TV’s HDMI ports and then plug them back in again once done; otherwise, everything will still be connected but nothing will work! If using another brand of devices, such as a cable box instead of an Apple TV or Roku box (or vice versa), follow those manufacturer’s instructions for how best to turn off/on/reboot their product (as each company has different recommended procedures).

Make Sure the Cables Are Secure

  • Make sure the cables are secure. If you’re using a speaker bar, make sure the cable is plugged into your TV and the other end is securely attached to your soundbar. If you have an external subwoofer, make sure it’s plugged into a power source and that both ends of the cable are connected to each other properly.
  • Make sure that the cables are long enough for their purpose. If you’re using an HDMI-to-ARC adapter or HDMI extender cable with your television, make sure that it’s long enough for its intended purpose (this can vary widely).
  • Look out for damage on any kind of connection point or connector—if there’s any sign of damage, get rid of it! Otherwise, connectors may not work properly or at all if they’re damaged in any way.
  • Missing pieces will also cause problems—check over all your connections carefully before calling them good to go just because they look like they’re working fine when you plug them into each other (hint: sometimes one part will fall off during transport).

Check That You’re Using the Right Audio Format on Blu-ray Disc Players and Other Devices

Check that you’re using the right audio format on Blu-ray Disc players and other devices

There are two different ways to send audio information through HDMI: uncompressed PCM (linear PCM) or compressed audio formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS. If your player or other device is set to output only compressed formats, your soundbar will not be able to receive the signal. Use the buttons on each device to switch it back to uncompressed PCM if possible, or try connecting a different device that has an option for choosing uncompressed PCM output

Make Sure Your TV Isn’t on the Wrong Input

If you have more than one input on your TV, make sure the correct input is selected. To do this, press the “Input” button on your remote control while turning on your television. If it doesn’t work, try another input. If that also fails to work, check to see if there are any cables connected between the soundbar and TV. If so, disconnect them and try again.

If you’re using HDMI cables to connect your soundbar with the HDTV or other audio source device (e.g., cable box), make sure that those inputs are being recognized by both devices (i.e., there’s an orange light on both ends of each cable).

Make Sure Your Soundbar Is Turned Up

If you’re having trouble getting your soundbar to work, the first step is to make sure it’s turned up. The soundbar should be turned up all the way and positioned in front of your television so that it can hear commands from the remote control. If your TV doesn’t have a line of sight with the soundbar, try moving it closer or repositioning them both.

There are many types of remotes that come with modern electronics, but most use infrared light to communicate with devices such as TVs and surround-sound systems. Because infrared is an invisible light source, there are several things that can interfere with its ability to communicate with your equipment:

  • Dust or dirt on either device
  • Direct sunlight shining into one or both devices (you may need to replace batteries at an angle where this isn’t an issue)

If You Have a Subwoofer, Make Sure It Is Connected and Turned on

If you have a subwoofer, make sure it is connected and turned on.

To connect your subwoofer:

  • Connect the soundbar’s HDMI cable to an HDMI output on your TV or receiver.
  • Connect the optical audio cable to an optical input on your TV or receiver.
  • Plug in the power cord into the back of the soundbar and wall outlet (if necessary). Make sure that both devices are switched off before connecting them together!

Make Sure Your TV Speakers Are Off

The first thing to check is whether your TV speakers are on. If they are, the soundbar will not work. You need to make sure that your TV is set up so that it does not use its built-in speakers as an audio source. This can be done through the settings menu of whatever brand and model of television you have.

Then, after confirming that no other sources are being used for audio output, try connecting the HDMI cord from your TV to the ARC port on the back of your soundbar. This will allow both video and audio information to be sent over one cable instead of two separate ones (which may help reduce signal loss), which might solve any problems with communication between devices like this

In Conclusion

We hope that this article has been helpful to you in resolving your soundbar issues. A soundbar is a great way to upgrade your TV viewing experience, but it’s important to remember that they’re not infallible. If you’ve followed the steps we laid out above and are still having trouble, we recommend reaching out to the manufacturer of your particular device for further assistance.

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.