Whether you’re using your computer to stream movies or just want to make online Zoom calls with a little more oomph, connecting a soundbar is an easy way to improve the quality of your computer’s audio. This guide will help you connect a soundbar to any laptop or desktop, whether it’s running Windows, Linux, or macOS. I’ll take you through the steps of choosing and using the right cables and explain how to adjust your computer settings so that audio travels through your new soundbar. By the time we wrap up here, we’ll have improved your home entertainment system!
Make sure your soundbar has an HDMI ARC port if you want to use the HDMI cable.
When you’re using a soundbar, it’s important to make sure that you have the right cables. If you want to connect your computer to your soundbar, you’ll need an HDMI cable. This is a type of cable that has one end that plugs into an HDMI port on your computer and another end that plugs into an input port on the back of your soundbar. If your soundbar doesn’t have an HDMI ARC port (which stands for Audio Return Channel), then it probably won’t be able to accept this kind of signal from the computer.
You can check whether or not this type of connection is available by looking at the back panel of either device; if there isn’t already one there, all you need is some basic household tools and supplies like wire strippers and electrical tape in order to install one yourself!
If you’re using a different type of cable, make sure both devices have the same port.
The cable you use to connect your soundbar and computer should match the ports on both devices. The connection won’t work if you try to plug a coaxial (RCA) cable into a mini-jack port, for example.
If you’re using a different type of cable, make sure both devices have the same port. This is important because the cable has to fit into the port in order for there to be any connection at all. If one end doesn’t fit into either device’s port, or if they have different types of ports that don’t match up with each other, then nothing will happen when you try to connect them together.
Check your computer’s audio settings.
Before you plug in your soundbar, make sure it’s set to receive audio from the HDMI port. On the back of your computer, look for an HDMI port (it will be near other ports like USB and Ethernet). If there’s no HDMI port, check on the back of your monitor; some monitors have them built right into them.
Next step: Check that your computer is set to output audio through this same HDMI port that you’ve found. To do so, go into Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Sound > Sound Playback Devices and select “Show Disabled Devices” if necessary—you’re looking for “Speakers/Headphones (High Definition Audio Device)” or something similar with a green checkmark next to it indicating that Windows has detected this device as capable of receiving audio from it. With these two devices paired up correctly (the soundbar and its corresponding input channel), we can move on to physically connect everything together!
Connect one end of the cable to the HDMI ARC port on the soundbar.
Connect one end of the cable to the HDMI ARC port on your soundbar.
HDMI ARC is a port that allows you to stream audio from your computer to your soundbar. It’s different from an HDMI IN port, which is used to connect a soundbar to a TV.
Connect the other end of the HDMI port to an HDMI port on your computer.
To connect the other end of your HDMI cable to your computer, you need to make sure you have an HDMI port on it. If your computer is fairly old, it may not have this port installed. If that’s the case, you will need to purchase an adapter for the connection.
Once that’s done, connect the other end of the HDMI cable to an open port on your soundbar and turn both devices on. The bar itself should come with its own remote control (or you can use a universal remote). With all devices turned on, turn up volume levels until they are at a comfortable listening level for you, and then proceed with using them as normal!
Power on your soundbar and turn up the volume.
To connect a soundbar to your PC, turn on your computer and then power up the soundbar. Your speakers should be connected through an HDMI connection (see Tips). If you don’t have an HDMI connection, you can use an optical cable or 3.5 mm jack instead.
Once both devices are on, turn up the volume of the speaker while checking that it’s connected properly to your computer.
Make sure you’ve got all the right cables and settings in place before connecting a soundbar to your computer!
- Make sure you have the right cables.
- Make sure you have the right settings.
- Make sure your soundbar has an HDMI ARC port.
- Make sure both devices have the same port. For example, if your soundbar has an HDMI ARC port, then make sure your computer does too! If not, no worries—you can still get by with just one cable and an optical audio cable (if available). (The optical connection will work even without HDCP support.)
- Connections matter! You might need to toggle some switches or settings on your computer or TV if they’re not compatible with each other (see above). Just remember: if all else fails, use what’s available to get everything up and running as quickly as possible so you can enjoy listening to music without having to plug headphones into your laptop every time!
We’ve gone over most of the ins and outs of connecting a soundbar to a computer—but what if you have more questions? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We know that it can be tricky to navigate all the technical requirements necessary for creating an optimal audio experience. If you need clarifications on any of these steps or want us to walk you through them, feel free to reach out! We hope this guide was informative and helped you get one step closer to your ideal home entertainment setup.