Did you get a new Yamaha soundbar to connect to your TV, but aren’t sure how to do that?
Don’t worry, we are here to walk you through the connection process and get that sound bar to enable you to connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV and have great speaker quality for your television.
Yamaha soundbars are a great way to boost the sound quality of your TV. Whether you want to listen to music or want to feel like you are sitting in a movie theater, it provides the sound you need.
But before you can enjoy the audio quality, you have to connect it. We have some expertise with connecting soundbars to our TVs and are here to help you connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV.
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What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial
There is usually more than one way to connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV. Depending on the age of your soundbar and the age of your TV, you may need or have a preference for a certain cable.
While you don’t need all of the options below (you only need one), the one you choose is up to you. We will go over the differences between them below.
If you can choose any of them, then an HDMI or optical is arguably the best way to go. It provides the least amount of latency and the best audio quality.
You may also want to make sure you have batteries, and a port hub so that way your remote has batteries to run and you ensure you have a place to plug in your sound bar.
Step 1: HDMI
HDMI cords, if you have the option, are the best ones to get. They are relatively cheap and provide both audio and video in one cord. While this isn’t that big of a deal with speakers, it still provides excellent sound quality and reduced latency.
To connect your Yamaha soundbar to your TV via an HDMI cable, you simply need to connect one end of your HDMI cable (it doesn’t matter which end) to your speaker and the other end to your TV.
From there, you just go to the HDMI channel connected to the port you plugged into, and it should be working fine.
Also, make sure your remote has batteries so that you can make sure it works well too.
Step 2: RCA
RCA is a bit outdated, but may still be an option with your TV and Yamaha soundbar. These are more familiar for the older generation but are a little bit more frustrating than standard cables anymore.
Though you are only using the audio setting, you generally want to plug in all three cords just for stability and to prevent any wear and tear.
Plugging the ends into the soundbar should be easy enough. However, when it comes to the TV side, it may be a bit more complicated. Some other TVs may have more RCA outputs than just three, and the colors may not align as they should. If this is the case, then you may need an owner’s manual to help to get them in the right place.
Otherwise, you can sorta mess around and try out the holes until you you find the right ones.
Step 3: Optical
Optical works similarly to HDMI cords, but they are a lot smaller and circular. However, they are the second-best option for sound. They are a bit more expensive but just as easy to plug in.
Like the HDMI cord, you plug one end (doesn’t matter which) into your soundbar, and the other into your TV. Then it should be about ready to go.
Step 4: Aux
An aux cable may be a bit more familiar. They are the cords that are used in headphone jacks in phones.
They work very similar to the optical cord but are a bit thicker around. You simply put one end of the aux cord into the soundbar and the other into the TV. Like with the others, it doesn’t matter which end goes where.
Step 5: Bluetooth
If you want to ditch the cords or like being a little tech-savvy, then Bluetooth might be an option if the speaker is capable. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter if the TV is capable or not. They provide little dongles that plug into the TV and that allow them to be Bluetooth compatible.
Otherwise, if your TV is Bluetooth capable, you don’t need to purchase anything else and can just get started.
This is a little more complicated than the other options, so we will go over to do this in more detail.
- Turn on both the speaker and the TV
- Select the Bluetooth option on your TV and turn it on
- Turn on the Bluetooth on your Yamaha speaker as well
- The TV should start to walk you through how to connect it to the speaker
- Check the Bluetooth name for your Yamaha soundbar and find that name on your TV’s screen
- Wait a few seconds, and the two should connect
- Your sound should be available through your speaker now without a problem
Step 6: Check Everything
The next step is to check your stuff to make sure it works. You want to make sure your TV and soundbar are connected and that sound is flowing through the soundbar.
If you find the sound is not coming out as it should, or your speaker isn’t reacting to your remote, there are a few options to try.
The first thing to do is make sure your speakers are plugged in as they should. Your soundbar and your TV need to both be plugged in to be working correctly.
Also, double-check your cords, to make sure they are in securely and correctly. Otherwise, the sound may not work at all or may be spotty.
If they are, it may be worth looking at your remote as well. Make sure that your remote has fresh, good batteries. Otherwise, the remote will not work ad your speaker can’t respond to you.
Finally, make sure the full space in front of your soundbar is open. Like a TV, the remote needs a clear line of visibility to the speaker to get the LED signal from the remote. If you think your remote is working correctly, but it’s not responding, make sure you don’t have anything like clutter or decorations that might be in the way.
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And there’s the end! Hopefully, by now, you have a perfectly functional speaker and TV that work in sync. Our goal is to bring easy tutorials that get you through the most difficult part of owning electronics.
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John Fleming is the senior editor for Audiophilez.com, covering everything from headphones to smart speakers. He is a graduate of Music Production and Technology. Before Audiophilez, John began his career as a staff writer for two different magazines, where he became a skilled storyteller across different mediums. When he isn’t writing, he can be found biking, reading books, and playing the piano.