Are you looking to connect your Craig sound bar to your TV? Don’t worry, we are here to help out hook up your connection, no matter what television you have.
Not every soundbar or TV is the same, and learning how to connect them can be frustrating. Thankfully, we are here to help. Specifically, in this article, we are going to teach you how to connect a Craig Soundbar to any TV.
By the end of this, you should have no problems connecting your Craig soundbar to any TV. That way, when you change to a bigger screen, or a different brand, you aren’t struggling.
What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial
It’s important to note that these are all optional methods that allow you to connect your Craig soundbar to your tv. Depending on which soundbar from Craig you have on your tv, one option may be better than another or maybe your only option.
You will need some way to connect your soundbar to your TV. There is a variety of options, which include:
If you have freedom of choice, then an HDMI cord is considered best. It can handle the best sound and can handle high-quality soundbars without a problem.
On top of that, you will also need a few other things:
- Extra outlet
- Batteries (check the type of batteries your remote control needs for your soundbar)
This will help ensure your soundbar and remote can be powered, and that you have a place to put your soundbar.
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Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Find out where you want to put the soundbar
The first step when you are trying to figure out how to connect your soundbar to your TV is to determine where you are going to put it. Sometimes, you may find that you don’t have a spare shelf or an outlet that is close enough to power it.
If this is the case, you may have to clear off space, buy a port hub to plug everything into, or maybe even figure out how to hang your speaker on the wall.
Step 2: Make space
Once you’ve figured out where you want it, make space. During this time, you don’t only want to make space for the soundbar, but for where you are going to be working as well. It may be a good idea to pull the tv away from the wall if possible, so you can reach the back. The same goes for the speaker.
Make sure everything valuable or breakable is out of the way as well, so you don’t have to worry about knocking anything over.
Step 3: Figure out what kind of cord you want/need
There are multiple options for cords. Out of the below options, HDMI and optical are your two best options. They provide high-quality sound and reduced latency that the other choices can’t keep up with.
However, depending on which type of TV you have, as well as your soundbar, those may not be an option.
HDMI cords are often a bit cheaper since they use copper as their main component. However, they work best for audio or video connections and provide a higher bandwidth capacity. While they may be a bit excessive with soundbars, it provides an excellent 2-in-1 system as it provides sound and audio in one cable.
RCA cables are those standard red, yellow, and white cables. While they don’t work nearly as well as HDMI or optical, they do work well with older TVs that may not have other options.
Optical uses optical fibers and light to help move audio signals from your TV to your Craig speakers. In newer systems, this may be your only option, as many systems picked up using it.
Aux cables are cheap and reliable. They aren’t as good as HDMI and optical, but if your TV can’t support those, then this is a great option. They are corrosion-resistant and work similarly to phone jacks.
Bluetooth devices are probably your most difficult methods to learn. You need a transmitter and a receiver (your TV and your Craig sound bar) to work and one transfers the information to the other. Even if your TV is older, you can buy small transmitters to connect it to that supply Bluetooth support.
Step 5: Connect the soundbar via cord
- HDMI. Connecting your tv and your sound system is easy with HDMI. You simply find where the two plugs are for an HDMI cord and plug them in. You want one end in your sound bar and one end in your TV. Then, it should be ready to go.
- RCA. I find RCA cords to be the worst. Connecting them to your speaker is usually fine, as you just line up the colors of the cords on the three prongs to the colors of the three holes in your speaker. However, it feels like every TV has a different color system and sometimes more than three holes. You may need to find your instruction manual for your TV to figure out which cords go into which holes or, like me, just mess around until everything sounds right. Since it is just a sound bar, you only need the audio to work.
- Optical. Optical works by plugging the cord into both the speaker and the TV. They can be scary because they are small and fragile, but should be fine.
- Aux. Aux cords work similar to optical, ones but with thicker prongs.
- Bluetooth. For Bluetooth, you need to pair your tv to your soundbar. This can be done by looking for their names on the other device or searching for nearby devices. Sometimes, since they are on the same internet, it may be easy to connect them automatically that way as well. Be warned, that Bluetooth devices have a tendency of disconnecting sometimes, especially if you have other Bluetooth devices nearby, so be prepared to connect them again occasionally.
Step 6: Change the audio settings on your TV
If you performed the above steps and find yourself with a Craig soundbar that still isn’t working, then you may need to go into your audio settings.
Find a setting that asks you where your audio is coming from and change it from TV speakers to the soundbar.
This isn’t necessary every time, so don’t worry about doing this if your TV and soundbar seem to be working together already. Other TVs may automatically adjust, so it may be something to think about if the sound doesn’t want to work properly one day.
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By the end of the tutorial, you should have a fully working Craig soundbar that is connected to your TV. Hopefully, you enjoyed the tutorial and found it to work well for you.
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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.