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Which cable do you need to connect a soundbar to your TV?

A soundbar improves the quality of your TV sound. But you can only connect it to the TV if you know what type of cable you need. First, check all the ports on your television. You can then use this article to find out which cable you need to enjoy room-filling sound.

Which cables are there?

Different cables

There are various options to connect a soundbar to a television. You can see the options below. We'll further explain them as well.

  • HDMI cable
  • Optical cable
  • Coax cable
  • Audio cable
  • No cable

HDMI cable

HDMI cable and connector

The most well-known option is the HDMI cable. Incidentally, this is also the preferred choice. You'll get the best sound quality via an HDMI cable. Most soundbars and TVs have an HDMI port. Keep in mind that you need to use an HDMI ARC cable and connector. If you don't have this, you'll need an optical cable in addition to an HDMI cable.

Optical cable

Optical cable and connector

If your TV or soundbar doesn't have an HDMI connector, you need to use an optical cable. This small port gives your TV a new sound experience. This connector has a hexagonal shape and the connector is protected by a plastic cover.

Keep in mind that an optical cable doesn't support HD audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Coaxial cable

Coaxial cable

This cable is similar to an optical cable. If your TV and soundbar don't have HDMI connectors, you can connect the 2 devices with this as well. Nowadays, less and less soundbars and televisions have this connector.

Keep in mind that a coaxial cable doesn't support HD audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Audio cable

Audio cable and connector

In some cases, the soundbar and television have an audio cable, also called a 3.5mm jack. But this isn't preferable, so it's not recommended. This type of connector sometimes has a delay between the image and the audio. And that just doesn't look good.

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