How to Sync Sony Sound Bar With TV Remote

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A TV Remote control can act as a universal remote and control a TV or a soundbar if you connect them properly. Follow our quick and easy-to-understand steps to set up your TV Remote control so that more of your devices, including a soundbar, can be controlled with a single remote.

After reading and completing the steps in this tutorial to sync Sony sound bar with the TV remote, you’ll have greater control over your volume and a more simplified system of devices.

If you’re like me, you probably get confused when you visit family and friends and each of their devices is controlled by a separate remote control. “The best system is a simple system” is my philosophy, which is why I put this tutorial together.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

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A simple system starts with your hardware. Many of these items you will probably own already and here I assume that you already own a Sony sound bar and TV.

If you’re missing cables, they are relatively cheap to purchase online, from electronics stores, or even in some supermarkets.

Alternatives to Using HDMI Control

I recommend using an HDMI ARC connection because it is the simplest way to connect a TV and sound bar. If your sound bar doesn’t have a port for accepting an HDMI cable, an optical audio cable is your next best option for superior audio output.

Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1: Unpack Your TV

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Chances are that your TV is already set up in some capacity and that you’re just trying to add a sound bar to enhance your sound system. In case you haven’t though, go ahead and carefully unpack your TV along with the TV remote and other accessories.

Set all of your items to one side so that you can access all of the parts easily, especially the back of the TV where you will find the audio ports.

Step 2: Unpack Your Sony Soundbar

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Take out your sound bar from its protective packaging and set it near your TV. You may find an included optical cable for audio but we will need an HDMI cable that is sold separately for this tutorial.

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Step 3: Connect Each Device With An HDMI Cable

On the back of your TV, you should be able to find multiple HDMI ports. You will want to connect your HDMI cable to the port that is labeled “HDMI ARC”. More likely than not this will also be labeled as “HDMI 1”.

This is the Audio Return Channel that will allow you to experience better sound quality through Sony soundbars.

Step 4: Plug-In Your Hardware

Both the TV and soundbar will have a power cord that needs to be plugged into each one individually before being connected to an electrical outlet to be powered.

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Step 5: Turn On Each Connected Device

For now, you will need to use the included remote controls for both your TV and soundbar to power each one on.

Step 6: Navigate Your TV Settings

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Using the TV remote, bring up the settings for the TV. This may be as simple as a single button press that looks like a cog wheel on the remote.

Alternatively, you may need to open the TV menu and navigate to your TV audio settings. Unfortunately, this can be different for each brand of TV.

Step 7: Turn On Your Consumer Electronics Control Setting

The HDMI Consumer Electronics Control or HDMI CEC is what tells the software in your TV to use the external input devices like Sony soundbars. It is a simple matter of toggling on the setting.

Depending on your TV, it might be named something different like “BRAVIA Sync” and the “sync menu” according to that brand

Step 8: Troubleshoot Both Your Soundbar and TV

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You should now be able to control your TV’s audio output through the sound bar with the same remote after the CEC is enabled.

You can test whether or not your connection was successful by turning up and down the volume of the sound bar with the TV remote.

Your volume may show that is changing in response to your button presses but you will need to check that you can hear TV audio through the soundbar output. Switch on a video at low volume and put your ear to the soundbar to check the audio.

If you can’t hear anything from your sound bar, you may need to adjust the cable for a secure connection or adjust your audio settings on the TV.

Alternative Connection Methods

I chose to use HDMI because it is a simple method for high-quality audio. If you have hardware limitations you may need alternative ways to connect your Sony audio hardware to your TV.

Optical Cables

Another popular way of connecting a soundbar and TV, optical cables are often included in the soundbar packaging. A specialized port for optical audio will also be on the back of your TV and soundbar.

There’s no need for CEC to be enabled on the TV because optical cables only carry sound signals so you won’t be able to control your TV volume with a single remote with this method.


If you like a clean aesthetic without cables, this wireless solution may be for you. When paired with a compatible TV, a Bluetooth indicator on your soundbar will let you know if you have been successful.

The biggest problem with this method is the potential for the video and audio to become desynced. This could happen if other signals are interfering with the Bluetooth audio or if the TV is too far away from the soundbar.

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Did you enjoy how simple that was? I strive to make easy-to-understand tutorials so that everyone can experience the best digital audio. A simplified system like this is not only convenient but introduces fewer points of failure so troubleshooting is a breeze.

If you found this article helpful, let me know in the comments and share it with anyone you think might need the advice!

Dolby Atmos: Everything You Need To Know

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This guide will dig into the Dolby Atmos. We’ll discuss what it is, how you can get it, including the devices that can support it. Also, you’ll find out how to set up a sound system using it.

If you are looking for a sound system that will give you excellent sound quality, the Dolby Atmos may be one of the best options. We’ll compare it to some of the leading competitors so you can be able to know the difference between the two in terms of features, performance, and more.

Let’s dig right in and talk more about the Dolby Atmos.

What is Dolby Atmos?

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The Dolby Atmos provides the best 360-degree audio, equivalent to what you can experience in a movie theater. And best of all, you get that right in your living room or when it’s linked to your mobile device of choice.

The Atmos has been around for the last 10 years. It’s first appearance was in movie theaters during the time of the showing of Disney’s “Brave”. Soon after, that same technology providing that theater-style quality was found in many homes, albeit custom installed.

Dolby Atmos has since been found on audio products including soundbars and AV receivers. Since then, consumers have relied on it to get the best quality in terms of surround sound. On top of that, home theaters with Dolby Atmos technology are affordable thus making it a steal of a deal for someone looking for that sound quality so awesome, their living room may very well double as the local cinema.

One of the things it won’t do is require you to install speakers that would otherwise need to be placed on your walls (including drilling the holes needed to hang them up).

What Does Dolby Atmos Do?

Atmos expands on the 5.1 and 7.1 channel formats that Dolby has normally used. It also focuses on the vertical Z plane aside from the usual X and Y axis. The audio is not pre-mixed.

The Dolby Atmos has been created for the best audio experience in not only a cinema setting, but also for higher end home theater systems. If you can afford it, you can be able to add more speakers to enhance the sound experience.

So for example, you can add as many as 64 speakers to get the maximum sound experience needed. But what if you want to use it in a smaller home theater or even use your mobile device? Yes, the technology exists in both of them (including in a handful of Samsung Galaxy phones and Note9).

So yes, one of the biggest features that Dolby Atmos has is versatility. Which means that in order to experience it, there’s no need to purchase 64 speakers for your living room (if you don’t want to). Your mobile device will provide you with an excellent sound experience thanks to the multi-speaker system it may have.

What Atmos does is render the audio by converting the audio channels into a 360 degree output. For best results, you may need headphones that have Dolby technology such as the Razer Thresher Ultimate.

How to Get Dolby Atmos?

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There are three ways to get Dolby Atmos: via content, devices, and a sound system. We will be breaking each of them down so you have the best ways to acquire what could be the best sound quality in the business today. Let’s get started:


Blu-ray discs will be your best bet in terms of acquiring Dolby Atmos content. Most movies (not all of them) you purchase using this format will have Atmos as its soundtrack. This will be featured alongside some of the other formats including 5.1 audio, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio.

If you are not a fan of Blu-Ray and want to keep it to streaming apps, the good news is that Netflix. Disney +, and Amazon Prime all have this option available. Like Blu-Ray movies, not every title you’ll want to stream will have this audio option. It may not hurt to check if you feel the need to do so.

At the same time, you may also see Dolby Atmos as an available audio option for console and PC games. It is slowly but surely becoming popular with games on both of these platforms.


What you’ll want to understand is that even though you have content with the option of Dolby Atmos audio, it may not be heard that way. The reason for this is that you may be using the content on devices that don’t support it. With that in mind, you’ll want to find the right devices.

They include but are not limited to:

  • TVs
  • Cable TV boxes
  • Mobile devices (tablets and phones)
  • Gaming consoles
  • PCs
  • Blu-Ray Players

One common way to know if your device is Dolby Atmos compatible is finding out if it has an HDMI connection. If it does, there’s a good chance that it can play such audio content (if included). If you are using a mobile device, there can be support in either the speakers or headphones.

The key point is that in order to get the best experience with Dolby Atmos, getting a device that supports it will be a top priority on your list before purchasing the content that has it. As for the setup itself using your TV (with Dolby Atmos), you’ll want to connect it to your soundbar or AV receiver.

Don’t forget that you will need support for Dolby Digital Plus audio and connection for HDMI ARC. If your TV was manufactured after 2018, this won’t be a challenge since most TVs will have Dolby Atmos support. Anything before that will be the opposite.

If you are using a Blu-Ray player or supporting game consoles, make sure it has HDMI 1.4 (or later) support. The audio itself will need to be set to bitstream.

Sound System

Your sound system will need to have the ability to decode the Atmos format and play it through compatible speakers. Because of its versatility, Atmos audio can be played through so many different devices. Yet, you’ll want to use an AV receiver or processor if you want your home theater to be able to decode the Atmos format.

Receivers that have been manufactured from 2018 and beyond will have Atmos support. Some higher-end receivers before then may have this support, but it may depend on the brand. Either way, it will be able to provide you with two output channels that will need the use of two overhead speakers.

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Keep in mind that the output channels your receiver has will give you a limit to how many Atmo-compatible speakers you will be able to include. Alternatively, a soundbar can also be installed (especially if it comes with speakers that are Atmos compatible).

In short, newer model sound systems will more than likely have Dolby Atmos support. Keep this in mind when you are shopping around for soundbars, AV receivers, or anything else that will consist of your dream home theater or sound system.

Dolby Atmos speakers setup

If you are planning to set up your home theater with Dolby Atmos capabilities, you’ll want the following:

  • Speakers (Dolby Atmos-enabled)
  • Soundbar (Dolby Atmos-enabled)
  • Ceiling speakers

This will be your must-haves when you need to set up a high-quality sound performance. The speakers that are Atmos-enabled will need to be situated so that the sound coming from them can bounce off the ceiling and ensure excellent overhead sound. Please note that you have two speakers that are enabled for Atmos including the integrated one with your forward-firing speakers and any add-ons that you can include.

If you purchase a soundbar that is Atmo-enabled, it should include upward-firing speakers. If not, you may need to purchase them separately. As for how many speakers you’ll need, you want to use four Atmos-enabled speakers if you want the best quality and experience.

For this section, we will be showing you how to set it all up in two ways. First, we’ll be using the soundbar setup, then we’ll follow up with the 5.1, 7.1, and 9.1 surround sound setups. If you have either of these, skip over the soundbar setup and find the surround system that fits you best.

Let’s begin

Setting up with a Soundbar

If you are playing or streaming the content of your choice, you’ll want to make sure you have the right devices that will support Dolby Atmos. Again, this includes a Blu-Ray player, XBox One, Fire TV or Apple TV (both in 4K), or any newer TVs (after 2018) and applicable apps that are included. Also, make sure you have the bitstream output enabled.

If you want Dolby Atmos to pass through your soundbar, it needs to be connected using an HDMI or ARC. Enable bitstream output. If you are setting up a home theater system, keep reading.

You want the soundbar that is Dolby Atmos enabled to be set up below your television. All the speakers in your home theater system will need to be in the same housing (with the exception of the subwoofer). Keep in mind that you’ll want to place the soundbar in a place where it won’t block any of the paths where the audio coming from the Atmos-enabled speakers will travel to.

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If you wish, you can place the soundbar at the halfway point between the floor and the ceiling. This can give you the best height effects if you so choose. If you wish to install a subwoofer (which is optional), you can place it facing towards the listening position or on either side of the soundbar or TV (you can place it down below the soundbar or TV as well).

Do not set the subwoofer and the soundbar too far apart as it can be a problem for the sound frequency. Be sure to test the soundbar once everything is set up.

Setting up with 5.1 Surround Sound

Before we set up the Surround Sound (5.1 or above), it’s important to know some of the following tips. For one, the room size may differ making the setup slightly different. Also, it’s better to make sure you have a clear path for your audio and make some adjustments if need be.

Also, reducing echo will also be a good idea if you want your audio to be more balanced. This can be done by making sure your floors and walls are less cluttered. Now, let’s begin:

  • The subwoofer should be facing you at the front and placed below the TV.
  • You’ll need two front speakers each at a 30 degree angle at each listening position.
  • Two rear speakers each situated anywhere from a 110 to 120 degree angle.

7.1 Surround Sound

The same set up will apply. However, you will need two additional speakers that will be located on each side of the room. Use the diagram on this page for reference.

9.1 Surround Sound

Adding two more speakers, these ones will be to the front but closer to you. These two will be situated anywhere from a 50 to 70 degree angle on either side. These speakers will need to be situated at your situated ear height when you are seated.

How many speakers for Dolby Atmos?

It is recommended that your minimum number of speakers you’ll need are four. Again, it will depend on the kind of setup you are using. For example, a 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 system includes four Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.

If using a 9.1.2 system, all you need to do is add another pair of front wide speakers (if using a 7.1.2 layout). You have the option to add more speakers if you so choose, but this will depend on some factors including room size, layout, and more.

What speakers support Dolby Atmos?

While there are plenty of options for Dolby-Atmos speakers, it can be a challenge to choose the best ones. However, we do have our recommendations for both speakers and soundbars. If you are looking for a speaker system that will be Atmos-compatible, the Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker System might just be what you need.

If you are looking for a soundbar, one in particular would be the Sonos Arc. In terms of its Dolby Atmos capabilities, it’s the best on the market right now. With 11 Class-D amplifiers, 8 woofers, and three tweeters, it’s an all-in-one soundbar that will prove its worth once it’s set up.

How Does Dolby Atmos Compare to Similar Products?

In this section, we will do a quick comparison between Dolby Atmos and a few of its leading competitors in terms of sound. Let’s get right to the chase and begin:

Dolby Atmos vs Dolby Digital

Atmos has both horizontal and vertical speaker arrangements while its Digital counterpart has horizontal along. In terms of audio compression, Digital has 2D surround sound compared to Atmos’ 3D.

Last but not least, Atmos has a pair of side speakers aside from the usual speakers and subwoofers (which the Digital does not).

Windows Sonic vs. Dolby Atmos

Now, we’re going to switch gears and discuss headphones and the spatial technologies they use for a moment. If you are a gamer that is looking for excellent sound quality, there’s no denying that these two are the heavyweight contenders. So how do they stack up against one another?

For one, the Windows Sonic is free of charge and doesn’t need any dedicated hardware. Windows-compatible devices will also require minimal setup (unless it’s built-in). With Atmos, you may need dedicated hardware, but an app download will be required for such devices like your PC or Xbox One.

Dolby Audio vs Dolby Atmos

Despite sharing the same name, they are not the same in terms of functionality. That’s why we’re comparing them here. Dolby Audio has 2D sound enhancement while Atmos has 3D. That’s the major difference between the both of them.

DTS X vs Dolby Atmos

The Atmos beats out the DTS X in terms of sound quality, but only by a hair. However, the DTS X throws the requirement for extra speakers out the window for a more similar sound. It also uses an open source MDA platform, so it requires no special permissions before it’s in operation.

Surprisingly, we didn’t think we expected these two to be almost evenly matched in comparison sound wise. But in terms of setup, DTS X won’t make it challenging because it doesn’t need a lot of additional equipment.

Spatial audio vs Dolby Atmos

Spatial audio is exclusive to Apple devices. So you’ll find these on most of their Apple devices including the latest iPhones, AirPods, Apple TV, and similar products. Dolby Atmos will usually be found on Android devices.

How does Atmos compare to surround sound?

One of the major differences between Atmos and Surround Sound is the number of channels that are being used. The number of speakers used with Surround Sound will depend on the set up that’s being used. As mentioned before, 5.1 will use five speakers and one subwoofer while the 7.1 uses two more speakers, creating more audio channels.

Atmos has overhead sound, calibration software, and has better sound precision compared to its Surround Sound counterpart. Plus, Atmos will give you a more fuller, clearer sound.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Now, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions pertaining to Dolby Atmos. This will help you make the determination of whether it’s worth purchasing over its competitors. Here are the following questions people ask:

Does Dolby Atmos make a difference?

It may depend on the devices being used. Some say it will make a difference with TVs and home theaters, but won’t make much of a difference in terms of game consoles and headphones. For example, if the headphones have sound quality that already sounds top quality, you won’t notice a difference if it’s playing content in Dolby Atmos form.

What is Dolby Atmos good for?

Atmos is good for those looking for excellent sound quality regardless if they are using a home theater system or a mobile device. If you are looking for something that will sound great in a 360-degree bubble, this might be something that’s right up your alley.

Is there a difference between Atmos and Dolby Atmos?

They are the same thing.

What does Dolby Atmos mean for movies?

Dolby Atmos will give you the option to watch the movie while immersing yourself in multi-dimensional sound packed with clarity and precision.

Does Dolby Atmos affect sound quality?

Dolby Atmos will improve sound at a much higher level compared to its Surround Sound counterparts.

Is Dolby Atmos better than IMAX?

According to most audiophiles, Dolby Atmos says that the competition is not close with IMAX. They state that Atmos ‘blows IMAX out of the water’. One of the major factors is that Atmos has more speakers and better sound quality compared to IMAX.

Does TV need to support Dolby Atmos?

You may not need a TV that already has Dolby Atmos in order for it to be supported. However, you may need to get speakers that are compatible with it. Make sure that these are connected using HDMI.

Does Netflix support Dolby Atmos?

Dolby Atmos is available on select movies and TV shows that you can watch. However, you will need to purchase the plan that supports Ultra HD streaming.

Is Dolby Atmos the same as Dolby Vision?

Dolby Atmos deals with sound while Dolby Vision deals with pictures. The latter is useful whenever you want something that will give you the best image quality.

Do Samsung TVs have Dolby Atmos?

One TV that has Dolby Atmos equipped is the 2022 Neo QLED 8K. Aside from its audio features, it has excellent picture quality.

Does YouTube have Dolby Atmos?

No, YouTube videos are not equipped for Dolby Atmos audio.

Do all 4k movies have Dolby Atmos?

That will depend on the movie titles. Some movies in 4k will have Dolby Atmos and others may not.

Can Spotify play Dolby Atmos?

So far, Spotify does not have Dolby Atmos support. However, there are plans for inclusion at some point in 2022 or beyond.

How many speakers do you need for Dolby Atmos?

It is recommended that you need about four speakers minimum needed for Dolby Atmos.

Final Thoughts

Dolby Atmos has proven itself worthy in terms of sound quality. Though it’s fairly new, it has yet to be included on some other platforms like YouTube and Spotify. But nevertheless, it can be an awesome experience assuming you have the right content, devices, and equipment that will help you get the best out of it.

Granted, some devices may not give you the full experience because it may have excellent sound quality that may exist beforehand.

Active Noise Cancellation

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If you want to learn about active noise cancellation and how it works, you’re in the right place. This guide will dig into the definition and how it all works. We’ll also discuss the different types of noise canceling.

All your answers about noise cancellation will be found in this guide. So if you have any questions that are common about the topic, there’s a good chance you’ll find them here. With that said, let’s get started.

What is Active Noise Cancellation?

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Active noise cancellation (or ANC) is defined as hardware and firmware combining together to make external noises to sound quieter than usual when you are wearing headphones and listening to music. The way it works is that active noise cancellation will pick up on sounds that are created from the outside of your headphones, then using unique methods to ‘cancel’ them out.

This means the sound you would otherwise hear without the headphones won’t be heard. How does this work? Keep reading, because we have a section that explains that in detail.

How Does Active Noise Cancellation Work?

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Active noise cancellation uses small microphones. Unlike the ones you speak into, these mics are designed to pick up on ambient noise. When they pick up the noise, they will record the waves that are produced.

From there, ANC will create its own sound waves that equal the waves it has picked up from the noise outside. When the two come together, that’s when the noise is canceled out. When you are playing your music, the waves created by the ANC will work alongside it.

You will never hear the external noise while you are listening to the songs you love. You could hear a horn honking and you might not be able to hear it. The entire process happens so fast.

Different Types of Noise Canceling

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In this section, we’re going to talk about the different types of noise canceling that exists. These include seven types each with their own unique functionalities. Let’s take a look at the following:

  • Active Noise Cancellation: Already explained in detail above. But we would be remiss if we didn’t include this on the list. Let’s move on to the next type.
  • Passive Noise Cancellation: This uses a cup-like design that will keep unwanted noise out. These will be found in your in-ear and over-ear headphones.
  • Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation: This is one of a couple renditions of ANC. With this one, this will use microphones and speakers that will be digitally adjustable to your surrounding area.
  • Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation: Unlike adaptive noise cancellation, adjustable ANC will need to be adjusted manually by you. The good news is because of this feature, it puts the control of how much noise you want to cancel in your hands. So the manual feature isn’t as bad and time-consuming as it sounds (no pun intended).
  • Transparency mode: This is a mode that allows you to listen to the noise without having to remove your ear phones or shut off the music itself.
  • Adjustable transparency mode: Allows you control over how much sound you want to hear from the outside without turning off the music.
  • Adjustable own voice: Gives you control over how much of your voice you want to hear when using ANC on a telephone or video conferencing call.

What is the Difference Between Noise Canceling and Active Noise Canceling?

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Regular noise canceling is the same as passive noise cancellation, believe it or not. Now that you know, let’s reframe this question as the following: what is the difference between passive and active noise cancellation? Here’s what they are:

  • Sound quality: In the sound department, passive noise cancellation will win out here. The reason for this is that it will block out noise while adding a bit of distortion to your music (and make it favorable for your ears). While ANC does cancel out noise from the outside, it may not enhance the sound beyond the quality it already gives you.
  • Affordability: Needless to say, finding the right headphones can come down to a few factors. One of them may be affordability. Active noise canceling will be a bit more expensive compared to their passive counterparts. Even with the cheaper price tag, you get a steal of a deal from passive noise canceling thanks to its ability to enhance the sound quality.
  • Loud volumes: Passive noise cancellation won’t fare well if the sound is played at higher volumes. This is where active noise canceling shines here. When the sound is loud enough, the waves used to cancel out the external noise will continue to work in sync with the music you’re playing. In a noisy environment, ANC will reign supreme here.

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What is Hybrid Active Noise Canceling?

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Hybrid active noise canceling will use feedforward and feedback active noise cancellation. The microphone will be found both on the inside and outside part of the ear cups. Its purpose is to suppress the noise when it is made at much broader frequencies.

It will adapt like any other type of ANC and will correct the errors if needed. One of the things it may be sensitive to is the noise the wind can make (especially that shrilling sound that it creates). As you may have noticed, we have mentioned the other two types of active noise canceling: feedforward and feedback.

Let’s take a look at each one individually so you know how they function by themselves.

What is Feedforward Active Noise Canceling?

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Feedforward active noise canceling has the microphones installed outside of the headphones. These will be placed if there is no space on the inner side of the headphones themselves (where they are placed inside the listener’s ear). The way it works is that it uses what is known as a digital signal processor.

The external microphone will do a great job at canceling noises that are produced at mid-frequency. It has the ability to isolate certain sounds including passing traffic or someone speaking nearby. However, natural noises such as the wind may be an issue for anyone wearing headphones that has feedforward active noise canceling technology.

Some noises will be amplified since they can pass through the ear cup. Because of that, those noises won’t get canceled. Because they happen out of nowhere fast.

What is Feedback Active Noise Canceling?

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Feedback active noise canceling features the microphone that is located inside the ear cup of your headphones. Unlike the feedforward ANC, this has the ability to cancel out the noise that is created by the wind. But this comes without sacrifice.

The high-noise frequency sensitivity will be lost meaning it may not cancel other noises that may be produced when they happen at the same time. The solution for this would be to include a processor that will filter out such noise. Some headphones may already have this and others may not.

Noise Canceling FAQs

Does active noise canceling block all noise?

No. ANC cannot block all noise. It can reduce a lot of them, though. Regular noise will be blocked including anything mechanical like engines. If there are people talking within a close proximity or if the wind is blowing, ANC will not block any of that. Also, high pitched sounds like vacuums and sirens will not be blocked.

Does active noise cancellation actually work?

Yes, ANC does work even if you are not playing music. If you want to tune out any ambient noises, using ANC headphones or something similar will be the perfect option.

Why can I still hear with noise canceling earbuds?

You can still hear some noise while wearing noise canceling earbuds. The reason for this is that the sounds won’t be completely isolated because of air found between your eardrum and the earbuds.

Is it OK to sleep with noise canceling headphones?

If they are wireless, you can sleep with noise canceling headphones. However, it may not be recommended to do this on a regular basis as it can lead to an increased chance of damaging your hearing (even losing it). Some other issues may occur as well regarding your ears as well.

Are noise canceling headphones good for tinnitus?

Believe it or not, if you suffer from tinnitus, noise canceling headphones can actually work in your favor. That’s because it can block out ambient noise, which can be an issue for someone that is dealing with the condition on a regular basis. You can listen to music with headphones but at a low volume so it doesn’t aggravate your tinnitus.

Does noise canceling cause vertigo?

Some people have reported dealing with eardrum pressure and dizziness with noise cancellation headphones. While it won’t directly cause vertigo, it can make a contribution to the condition if you already have it.

What is cVc noise cancellation?

CVC stands for clear voice capture. This is useful when you are making phone calls. It can also be used if you are on a Zoom call or if you are being interviewed or listening to a podcast. The technology will help you listen clearly without the interference of ambient noise.

Do noise canceling headphones help with anxiety?

Noise canceling headphones can get the job done when someone is dealing with anxiety or related conditions. Because of its ability to block most noise, it can help a person attain a calmer mind when listening to music.

Does ANC improve call quality?

ANC itself will not improve call quality. The closest you can get to it is cVc noise cancellation.

Does ANC reduce decibels?

ANC can reduce up to 45 decibels of sound. 

Final Thoughts

Active noise cancellation has its pros and cons. But its process is fascinating to say the least. You can be able to keep the external noise out while listening to your favorite tunes. While it may not enhance the sound, you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

Find a good pair of headphones that has this and immerse yourself in the sounds that you love. You may enjoy a nice walk and listen to your favorite tunes or podcast. At the end of the day, they’re pretty good to have despite some of the disadvantages that it has.   

Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies in 2022 – Reviews & Buyers Guide

Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies – Reviews & Buyers Guide

If you like a good movie with all of the thrilling effects of perfect sound, then you need the best surround sound headphones for movies. You can really improve your overall audio experience with surround sound headphones.

Not only can they really improve the sound so you hear every little noise of the movie you’re watching. They can also help to keep outside sounds out so you don’t have distractions from the outside world. Talk about a complete surround sound immersive experience.

Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies – Reviews & Buyers Guide
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We’ve taken a look at the options out there and narrowed it down to the top rated surround sound headphones for movies. We’ve got some really great options to share with you as well as some tips for choosing and purchasing the very best options for you.

How We Rated Surround Sound Headphones for Movies

Before we take a look at the options out there, let’s look at a few specific details. We have a buyer’s guide later in this guide but for now, we want to focus on some key aspects of really knowing what you’re looking for when checking out surround sound headphones for movies.

Sound Quality

Sound quality and performance is probably one of the most important factors that you are going to be considering when it comes to choosing the ultimate surround sound headphones for watching movies.

Most likely, your goal is to feel like you are part of the movie. You want a complete experience that really gives you total enjoyment of the movie from start to finish. A good rule of thumb for sound performance to look for is the rating 5.1 or 7.1. 7.1 is the better of the two but we think you will find that 5.1 still provides a really great surround sound experience.

If you aren’t getting quality sound, then is it even really worth wearing the headphones? Think about it. You want the best surround sound so stick to headphones that are going to provide you with the best audio quality.

Comfort Level

How to Choose The Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies
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How long do most movies last? Anymore, when you watch a movie, you’re planning on somewhere around 2-3 hours watching your favorite movies. That’s a pretty good length of time to wear a pair of headphones so you want to be sure that the sound is great but also that your headphones for watching movies are going to be comfortable to do so.

This is important for any pair of headphones but particularly your entertainment ones for movies and tv. You want to be able to get comfortable and not have aching ears or head when you finish. You want to be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the show without negative side effects from ear headphones.

Always pay close attention to the comfort details, including what others are saying. In this case, it’s not just the surround sound quality but your comfort for the show too.

Wired Vs Wireless

Finally, in the things to look for, whether you are movie watching or maybe watching tv, you need to decide whether your best headphones are going to be wired or wireless. This is really up to you more than anything.

What will you be more comfortable and happy with during your movie watching experience? If you’re dealing with wired headphones will you be able to sit comfortably and relax? How long is the wire and how limited will your range of motion be?

If you chose Bluetooth headphones, consider things like the wireless range. Will they be easy to connect? Is the sound going to be as good for audio quality? There can be pros and cons to either side but in the end, if you want a cinematic experience, you need excellent audio and you need comfort from your technology.

The Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies

Ok – we’ve talked about some of the basic details for things you should specifically consider and now it’s time to get down to business and check out the best surround sound headphones on the market.

We’ve done the research for you so that you don’t have to spend hours digging through the options. Hopefully, you can find some awesome surround sound headphones for your needs here!

1. Best Overall: Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System

Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System

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If you’re looking for the best overall options, be sure to take a closer look at the Sennheiser RS 175 RF wireless headphone system. These are perfect for watching movies and can also be used as a gaming headset. These surround sound headphones are one of the most popular options out there in this capacity.

They come fully equipped with over the ear headphones that are compact and ergonomic. You will be comfortable when you watch tv and when you’re listening to music too. These headphones have excellent sound with bass boost and surround sound listening modes. It’s like virtual surround sound in an over the ear headphones pair.

These are easy to connect Bluetooth headphones with digital wireless that maintains a clear and accurate signal. You have controls on the headphones to customize your experience for the movies. The frequency response is stellar and the sound is clear with up to 320 feet of range.

These are noise cancelling or noise blocking so that you get the best sound experience possible. You can watch movies and simply enjoy the sound from anywhere within range of the headset stand.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 10
  • Sound quality: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:40 mm
Impedance: not provided
Frequency: 2.4 ghz
Jack size: 3.5 mm
  • A blissful listening experience
  • No audio cable to contend with
  • Great wireless range for most rooms
  • Noise reduction capability
  • Good battery life
  • The ear pads seem to wear out rather quickly and require replacement

Why We Like It: We really appreciate the overall design and ingenuity of the Sennheiser RS 175 RF headphones for watching movies. You get excellent audio quality, a decent battery life, and a stellar frequency response. The volume controls are right on the set so you have total control of your movies at home.

2. Budget Pick: One Odio Over Ear Headphones, Wired Premium Headset

One Odio Over Ear Headphones, Wired Premium Headset

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Next up, if you’re looking for the best option on a budget, you might want to check out these One Odio wired headphones. The build quality is really great and we think your watching experience will be amazing as well. These can be used for gaming, listening to music, movies, and more. They are incredibly affordable best headphones and they are highly-rated across the board.

These are wired DJ headphones. They do have an in-line mic if you need it. You can also play, pause, and even answer calls on them. The transmitter allows you full control with plenty of functionality. They do come with two jacks so you can connect to just about any device and listen for hours.

The ear design is very comfortable with memory-protein earmuffs that cover your ears but don’t put excessive pressure on them. The muffs also help with improved audio and not worry about outside noise getting in your way.

These are pretty cool because they have share port technology. You can daisy chain multiple pairs together to enjoy the audio in a group as well. Don’t forget the excellent bass sound thanks to an astounding build quality. You could comfortably handle your audio for hours on end.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 10
  • Sound quality: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:50 mm
Impedance: 32 ohms
Frequency: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Jack size: 3.5 mm and 1/4
  • Some users mention that their ear got very warm inside of the muffs

Why We Like It: We love having a quality pair of ear cups on headphones and at a much lower cost. These can be TV headphones or they can be used for a lot of other things. They are simple, wired ear cups that work great as surround sound headphones and they are super affordable.

3. Best Value: Sony WH-L600 Headphone & Cable Bundle

Sony WH-L600 Headphone & Cable Bundle

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A lot of people love the classic Sony MDR headphones and while those are great, we think Sony WH-L600 option really hits it out of the ballpark and beats out Sony MDR. These are wireless and comfortable, with a decent range for sound and all of the adapters come in the bundle. This includes a Y-adapter for tv headphones and HDMI connection.

With the Bluetooth transmitter, you get up to 100 feet of active noise connection. You can enjoy movies and tv with excellent virtual sound that ranges up to 7.1 surround sound on this pair of headphones. They are compatible with 5.1 as well, so you really get all of the functionality with these over the ear headphones.

The ear cups are comfortable and lightweight. They do help with noise cancellation so you can really enjoy your favorite movies just like a cinematic experience. They are very easy to set up and connect and hold up to 17 hours of charge time with the rechargeable battery. You can even change your mode on the headset to be in control of the noise.

For example, you can choose from movie, gaming, sport, or voice audio and it’s all right there on the headphones. Don’t forget the bass, which definitely will not be lacking.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 9
  • Sound quality: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:40 mm
Impedance: not provided
Frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Jack size: 3.5 mm, HDMI, Y-Adapters
  • Decent battery life of about 17 hours
  • Immersive experience that you get to control
  • Easy to set noise function
  • Comfortable and lightweight ear cups
  • Popular brand for electronic equipment (Sony)
  • The ear design could be improved to make the controls easier to work with
  • The stand is lightweight and falls over easily

Why We Like It: You can’t beat a versatile set of headphones with a great Bluetooth range to be able to enjoy the movie without worrying about the battery or the range with every move you make. The technology and the quality is really great and reliable from Sony, which is a brand we all know.

4. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX Surround Sound Headset

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX Surround Sound Headset

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These Razer Kraken Tournament Edition could be some of the best out there, if you ask the nearly 14,000 people who have purchased them and rated them. You can hear every little detail in these speakers. They are gaming speakers so they have the attached microphone piece. It folds up so it is out of your way if you don’t need it.

These are noise cancelling so you can hear clearly with excellent technology. They are powerful and custom-tuned. You get very clear and powerful sounds that could easily be compared to the cinema. The features really stand out with music but are excellent for a movie.

You can choose from the classic black blue color or make it fun with the lime green and black version. The technology is advanced and these are affordable compared to some of the other prices you may see out there. These are listed as the #1 best-selling gaming peripherals manufactured in the U.S.

Enjoy THX 7.1 surround sound in this gaming headset headphones. They are comfortable enough to wear all day, with gel-infused cushions on the ear pads. These headphones really give you the best sound and control.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 10
  • Sound quality: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:50 mm
Impedance: 32 ohms
Frequency: not provided
Jack size: 3.5 mm
  • Wireless headphones with awesome battery life
  • Designed as a gaming headset with virtual surround sound
  • Ear pads have gel infused to keep ear cool
  • 7.1 Surround sound
  • Noise cancellation that really works
  • May not connect to some systems (like Xbox) without an adapter

Why We Like It: These headphones may have been designed for gaming but they will work excellently for watching movies too. The sound is phenomenal and the battery life is dependable with potentially up to 30 hours of life.

5. Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headphones

Astro Gaming A50

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The Astro Gaming wireless headphones are yet another gaming design but we think you will find them to be another of the best surround sound headphones for movies as well. Watching movies will feel like you are right there thanks to the premium technology on these headphones.

These surround sound headphones also have a really great battery life because they are made to game all the day long. So now you can spend your day binging movies and still enjoy the battery life. These do have a microphone piece, which you can fold up and away if you don’t need it.

These surround sound headphones for movies have a built-in mix amp. They are tuned with Astro’s cutting edge audio technology, giving the headphones amazing sound. They are Dolby audio 7.1 surround sound, which is again at the top of the playing field.

And finally, one of the most important things to mention about these headphones is that they are lightweight and comfortable to wear, even if you don’t take them off for the full 15+ hour battery life span.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 9
  • Sound: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:50 mm
Impedance: not specified
Frequency: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Jack size: 3.5 mm, USB
  • Great for movies or playing games
  • Quality headphones with a lot of great features
  • Bass boost for a total listening experience
  • High end tech that really stands out
  • Long battery life with a decent Bluetooth range
  • The headphones sometimes restart unexpectedly during use

Why We Like It: These look great and for the most part they work great too. You can enjoy your favorite movies with audio that you will love. The wireless range is enough for most uses and they hold a charge for quite some time.

6. Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Over Ear Headphones

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Over Ear Headphones

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Let us leave you with one last really great option. Skullcandy is another mid-range price set of wireless headphones. You will find that they are highly-rated across the board with nearly 16,000 ratings on Amazon. They are popular for their quality as surround sound headphones but also for their price. While they aren’t cheap, they aren’t $300 like some of the good options out there.

These are simple but effective. They feel great on your head and they sound great too. The battery life is pretty good, with up to 40 hours of life. They don’t have as much extra stuff pulling on that battery life and yet they’re good enough to really stand out.

These surround sound headphones will not disappoint. They are available in different colors as well. These can rapid charge in about 10 minutes when you need it. The fit is noise isolating. They have a microphone so you can also call, track, and enjoy volume control.

These surround headphones have Bluetooth wireless. They also have adjustable sensory bass so you can make the active noise sound exactly like you want it to for watching your favorite movies. Bluetooth range and technology allow you plenty of functionality.

Key Features (Rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

  • Range: 9
  • Sound: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Controls: 10


Driver size:50 mm
Impedance: not specified
Frequency: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Jack size: 3.5 mm, USB
  • Incredible battery life of 30 hours and then some
  • Adjustable bass technology for the perfect sound
  • Bluetooth transmitter and connection
  • The fit isolates active noise so you can just enjoy the movies
  • Rapid charge ability when you need a quick fix
  • The haptic bass is deactivated for power save mode and this could affect the overall sound you hear

Why We Like It: Having a Bluetooth transmitter can make it so much easier to watch movies in your own comfortable way. These are simple and effective and we really love the long lasting battery and quick charge capabilities.

Buyer’s Guide

The Best Surround Sound Headphones for Movies Buyer's Guide
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Now, before you get ready to get settled watching movies, check out these simple tips to help you buy the best surround sound headphones for movies on for your needs.

Noise Cancelling

Here’s the thing. Some surround sound headphones for movies will specifically cancel noise while others will just reduce noise or may really do nothing for noise. This is going to be a matter of preference really but you should know that if you want absolutely no outside noise, you will need to pay attention to this.

If you really want to just be able to focus on the movies, you will want to drown out as much background noise as possible. Of course, some people just like that to be reduced but still be aware of outside noises just in case they need to be brought back to Earth.

Headphones serve a dual purpose really when you use them for surround purposes. You want your headphones to keep you in the action with really great sound but you also don’t want to be distracted or lose focus because of the other things that surround you.

Again, this will be a matter of personal preference with your headphones but you definitely at least want something that reduces noises to help you out.

Easy to Use

Ok – this one really probably speaks for itself but you might be surprised to find that not every set of surround headphones is really easy to operate. In fact, some of them out there are just downright complicated.

So this particular piece covers more than one aspect of use. First, you want them to be able to connect easily. Whether you’re plugging them in, connecting them on Bluetooth, or using a wireless transmitter, you just need it to be simple. You shouldn’t have to play with millions of settings just to get decent surround sound, right?

What Exactly Is a Surround Sound Headphone?

What Exactly Is a Surround Sound Headphone?
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You know headphones well. It’s pretty self-explanatory really. People use them for music, games, movies, and more. So what makes headphones surround headphones?

The point of the surround sound style is to be able to mimic real life almost but in another setting. Day to day you enjoy or hear the noises around you so these headphones are designed for you to experience the sounds in your activity in much the same manner.

The drivers and speakers are built into the headphones at different angles and levels so that you are literally submerged into the sounds.


Everyone has a different budget range for purchasing their headphones for movies. Your range might be under $100 while someone else may be looking for under $500. Just know that you can find quality headphones no matter where your range might be.

We made every effort to provide a wide array of options here, including options for every budget scenario. you will find quite the range of headphones and they will all have their own audio tendencies to know about.

Now, that being said don’t just choose the first thing that fits your budget. You still want to make sure that you choose an option that really works for your movie needs. You can definitely find something worth looking at in every budget level.

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How to Get the Best Experience

Finally, let’s talk about how you can really make your headphones work for you to get the best experience. We’re going to recap some of the things we already mentioned. Put all of the pieces together for the best results.

  1. Do you prefer wireless or does it matter?
  2. Always note the surround sound ability
  3. Use headphones that fit your ears well
  4. Use headphones that will cover your years and not be open
  5. Look for quality isolation that reduces outside noises
  6. Easy to connect and use

That pretty much covers it.

With that in mind, we recognize that we all have different needs. Our ears work differently and we have varying preferences and hear different things on various levels as well. So what does that mean for you?

Well, it means that while we have a best overall option, you very well might have a different preference than that. You know best what types of sound you like to hear and how much bass or varying levels of sound you want in your ear.

We can share all of the basic details and ratings but in the end, only you really know your sound preferences so don’t forget to keep that in mind when you make a decision!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Best Headphones for Watching Movies?

Our top choice for the movies would be the Sennheiser headphones we shared as our best overall pick. Of course, you really can’t go wrong with any of the options we’ve shared so don’t be afraid to venture to other models here like the Skullcandy Crushers or the Sony model instead.

Can Headphones Have Surround Sound?

Yes! It is all about how the speakers inside of them are designed and setup. For surround sound, they will have a variety of inlaid speakers that will be angled in different capacities and sizes. This is the best way to get the full range of sounds that you would expect from surround sound.

Are Surround Sound Headphone Options Worth It?

This will definitely be a personal opinion but here’s what we think. If you truly want to escape from the outside world and enjoy a cinematic-style experience without your neighbors hearing the bass of your action movie, they are awesome!

These are awesome when you simply want to feel like you’re part of the movie but you don’t necessarily need everyone else around you to also feel like they are part of the movie.

Are 7.1 Headphones Real?

Yes, they are. You do have to be cautious because some people put labels out there just to stand apart. However, 7.1 and 5.1 and plenty of other ratings are real – and they are well worth it too!


We hope that you find this guide to choosing your own surround sound headphone pair to enjoy a movie experience to be helpful and intuitive. We want you to find the very best solution to fulfill your needs and recognize that we don’t all want or need the same thing.

What movie do you plan to watch first with your new headphones?

Expert Tip

If you decide to go with a wireless option for your headphones, be sure to take note of the range of movement you will have. For example, are you going to be able to sit on your couch or wherever you’re cozy or will you need to pull up a chair 2 feet from the tv to really be able to use them? Most have a decent amount of distance but it’s not guaranteed.

Did You Know?

Even if you go with wireless headphones, there will have to be a connection somewhere. It may be Bluetooth or it may be through a transmitter stand.

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Polk Soundbar Keeps Turning Off [How to fix it]

polk soundbar keeps turning off

There are many ways to handle your Polk Soundbar turning off or having faulty audio. If you notice that your Pole soundbar keeps turning off randomly, it may be worth trying our solutions that involve things like ‘pressing the power button and volume down buttons on the soundbar (not remote) simultaneously for 10 seconds while the Polk soundbar is completely shut off.

If your Polk soundbar keeps turning off, there are a few reasons why this might be. It could be something such as faulty wires or automatic settings on the device.

Whether you have an old or new Polk soundbar, we are here to help. By the end of this article, you should have a soundbar that is working properly and ready to play your audio again without turning off or cutting out. 

What You Will Need to Follow in This Tutorial

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To follow this tutorial, there are a few things you might need to try all of the possibilities below. These items are:

These will allow you to check multiple things to determine what is wrong. After all, you don’t want to sit and fight with your soundbar for hours and get frustrated, only to realize that your Wi-Fi is simply off or you just needed new batteries.

You may not need all of these items, but having them available will make it easier if you have to go down our list to figure out what is wrong.

Why Does My Polk Soundbar Keep Cutting Out?

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If the soundbar keeps cutting out, it is likely either that it is old and no longer able to work to its full capability or, if you are using Bluetooth, that your other device transmitting the sound is too far away.

However, faulty or improperly connected wires may also be responsible, if that is what you are using.

Why Does My Soundbar Keep Turning Off?

There are many reasons why your soundbar may be turning off. Some examples include:

  • Faulty wires
  • Automatic shut-offs
  • Overloaded breakers
  • Disconnected devices
  • TV settings

Step-by-step Instructions

How Do I Stop My Polk Sound Bar From Turning Off?

Depending on the reason for your Polk soundbar turning off, there are a few things you can do to try and stop it.

Related: How to Turn on Bose Soundbars Without Remote

  • Check your outlet

Sometimes, cords may seem like they are in an outlet properly, but they aren’t. If your soundbar keeps turning off, especially when you are moving things around, it may be a loose cord

Double-check your cords just to make sure that everything is working as it should and is secure. Also, check for damaged wires. Sometimes, a wire might be loose or broken, which can also cause issues.

If other things are turning off as well, it may be worth checking your breaker. The breaker may be overloaded or weak. You may have to buy a new one, or move things around so not so much is connected to the one breaker.

  • Disable auto-shutoff

Some Polk soundbars have an auto-shutoff feature. This usually means that if you pause your music or TV to do something like take a phone call or fold laundry, the soundbar will turn off. To prevent this, you will have to disable the auto-shutoff feature. Unfortunately, disabling this feature only works for four hours, then it will enter standby mode.

To disable the auto-shutoff feature, you just have to perform one step. This is to press and hold both the power button and the volume- button for ten seconds. Make sure you do this on your soundbar and not the remote, or it won’t work.

Then you should be done, and the Polk soundbar won’t shut off for four hours. Then you can repeat this as necessary.

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  • Check your remote batteries

Though it is rare, sometimes when remote batteries are dying, they can input random commands, such as turning off your device.

If your remote hasn’t been working as it should, and your inputs are slowed or delayed, it may be a good idea to try and replace the batteries (see our recommendation above), just to make sure that isn’t the problem, and it is something to do with your Polk soundbar.

  • Make sure your devices are connected

Again, some Polk soundbars have an automatic shut-off. If your devices aren’t connected and playing like you think they are, your device could be turning off due to a lack of input. Double-check to make sure your phone, tablet, or TV is connected as it should.

Depending on what you are using, this connection could be via a cable, a Bluetooth connection, or Wi-Fi.

If you are using cables, make sure your cord is plugged in correctly. If you are using optical, many people think that it can fit in any direction, and only realize later that there is a set direction. Plugging it in upside down can cause quite a few problems, including shutting down sometimes.

Also, optical cords are very sensitive, and the prongs can break pretty easily. If you’ve knocked it around or tried to force it in, the cord may be damaged and a replacement is needed. With HDMI or other cords, it is also important you push the cord all the way. If it isn’t in fully, that can also cause problems.

If you need a new optical cord, try the one below.

Finally, with cords, you may have a faulty one. Unfortunately, not all cords are created the same. Sometimes, even if you just bought one, a cord may be faulty. If your cable seems very hot, it may be not working as it should.

For Bluetooth connections, check your other device and make sure it is still paired to the soundbar. Most of the time, Bluetooth only reaches around 33 feet, so if you go past this range it may automatically disconnect. If this isn’t your only Bluetooth device as well, your phone may disconnect to the soundbar to try to connect to something else. It may also be bumped off if multiple devices are connecting to your soundbar, as they fight for the connection.

Related: How to Connect Bluetooth Soundbar to Roku TV

For Wi-Fi, make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi and the same Wi-Fi. Nowadays, a lot of people get two bands for their Wi-Fi, such as 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which gives you the option of longer distance or faster power. While they are technically the same internet, many devices don’t recognize them as being the same. So make sure you are on the same bandwidth.

You also want to just make sure your internet is working. If you aren’t getting internet despite being connected, the devices won’t be able to find each other either.

  • Change TV settings

If your soundbar is still turning off automatically but you disabled the automatic shutoff feature, it may be your TV settings that are causing the problem.

You will want to go into your TV’s sound settings and increase the response time to an amount you are happy with.

  • Reset your soundbar

Sometimes, resetting your soundbar fixes the problem. If there is a software update, or a glitch causing the shut-down, then resetting it can fix this problem.

How Do I Reset My Polk Soundbar?

To reset the soundbar, you can start by turning off the soundbar. Then you can press the stop or mute button for a few seconds.

You may have to repeat this process twice to see which button works for you.

After a few minutes, you can turn the Polk soundbar back on.

This method works no matter whether you have a new soundbar or an older one. You may have to reconnect your Bluetooth devices, however, so it is best to be aware of that.


By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to determine what was wrong with your Polk soundbar, or if it was something else wrong instead. From Bluetooth issues to automatic shut-offs, there are a lot of options that make it difficult to determine what might actually be wrong.

We have covered most of the major problems, so you can determine what is wrong with your device. If we were able to help you, or you have any questions, please leave a comment below so we know that we made a difference or to provide additional help!