Can i hook up a soundbar to a receiver

Did xxronniexx ever resolve his setup issues? Thanks for the help. I am still, however, having issues listening to the internet radio through my soundbar. Is there any reason the "through" setting wouldn't work for internet radio? AVS Forum articles Contests.

Using Soundbar plus reciever

Soundbars are typically sold as an all-in-one unit, meaning it contains one or more amplifiers, drivers for multiple speakers, and processes the incoming signals on its own. This is an active soundbar. It is uncommon to connect an active soundbar to a receiver, but it is still possible! There are two main types. The second and most uncommon type is a passive soundbar. Passive soundbars are simply enclosures containing several speakers. They do not contain any amplifiers or signal processing abilities.

Passive soundbars need a separate receiver or amplifier to work as intended. Technically, both an active and passive soundbar can connect to a receiver. However, active soundbars are not meant to be used in this way. They are typically meant to be the all in one piece for your home entertainment system. Passive soundbars are specifically built to integrate with an existing receiver or amplifier. The type of soundbar you use will typically depend on your specific situation.

For example, if you already have an active soundbar and a receiver, think about your end goal. Do you want to use your current equipment? Do you want to purchase a soundbar that is designed to work with a receiver? Or would you like to upgrade one day, but want to make due with what you have? If your end goal is to use the equipment you already have, by all means, connect your current soundbar to a receiver. If not, then I will show you some alternatives.

Connecting an active soundbar to a receiver is not a typical setup, but there are some scenarios that may warrant this decision. This is a perfectly understandable reason to connect your soundbar to a receiver, however, this is probably not the best idea. Your soundbar and other front speakers will likely be different brands, shapes, sizes, etc. Because of the characteristics of a soundbar, it will most likely sound very different from the other speakers connected to the receiver.

For example, you are watching a war movie with lots of explosions and gun-fire. If the camera pans from right to left or vice versa, the audio if designed correctly will also follow. So as sound moves from the front right speaker to the soundbar center speaker then to the front left speaker, you will probably notice a difference in sound as it transitions between speakers.

To use the soundbar as your center channel speaker, your receiver should have a pre-out for the center channel and an RCA or 3. Pre-outs will look something like this:. You will need an RCA to 3. Connect the RCA leads to the corresponding pre-out connections on the receiver, then connect the 3. Note that you may need to enable the pre-out center channel on the receiver.

If your receiver does not have a pre-out for the center channel, then there is another method to connect the soundbar as the center channel speaker. You can connect the soundbar to a receiver by an optical cable. Connect one end to the digital optical out port on the receiver, and to the optical in port on the soundbar. The receiver will, of course, need a digital optical out port. You should also note that the digital encoding standards should match on both the receiver and soundbar.

But it is still a decent option if your receiver does not have a digital optical out connection. Then connect the HDMI from the receiver to the television. All devices must support ARC capability in order for this solution to work properly. You may also need to configure the receiver and other devices to use ARC, they may not use it by default. Dumb down your receiver to a glorified HDMI switcher.

For this instance, you would connect the optical, aux, or even RCA cable s from the television itself to the soundbar. Keep all HDMI connections handled through the receiver, but you would basically disable all the audio functions of the receiver. It will simply act as an HDMI switcher by the passing video and audio signals to the television. The sound would then be played through the soundbar.

Note that this method could take a lot of setting adjusting on the receiver side. Not all receivers will allow you to disable its audio functions either, so hear my warning! This is really simple. Depending on the passive soundbar you have, there may be multiple channels or it could be merged into a single channel. You quite simply, connect speaker wire from the receiver to the soundbar. If the soundbar is a single channel, then connect the leads to the soundbar and to the center channel binding post on the receiver.

If the soundbar has multiple channels, usually 3, then connect 3 pairs of speaker cables from the receiver to the soundbar. One for the front left, center, and front right. You could merge all of those channels into one if you really wanted to, but your receiver or amplifier must have ample power output to support that amount of power. Otherwise, take the active soundbar you have and put it in another bedroom. It will better serve its purpose there.

Almost any home theater or audio-video professional will suggest that you purchase surround speakers to use with your receiver. One, it will sound 10 times better. And three, surround speakers are not that expensive. You can find a very good 5. You will be much happier with that in the long run, I promise. It dives into the different specs outlined for soundbars and how they can be a little misleading. Also, here is an article on the general workings of a Home Theater System: How A Home Theater Works!

I would suggest reading this if you want to use the receiver to its full potential! Which soundbar can connect to a receiver? Different scenarios for connecting an Active Soundbar to a Receiver Connecting an active soundbar to a receiver is not a typical setup, but there are some scenarios that may warrant this decision.

Pre-outs will look something like this: Example of pre-outs on a receiver.

Q I own a Denon AVR-SW AV receiver and am wondering if it's possible to hook it up to my Samsung HW-MS soundbar to use in place. The main problem with hooking a Soundbar to a receiver is that the receiver also has . Can I simply hook up the soundbar to the optical out on the amplifier?.

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When it comes to getting better sound for TV viewing, the soundbar option is a definite favorite. Soundbars save space, reduce speaker and wire clutter, and are less hassle to set up than a full-on home theater audio system. However, soundbars aren't just for TV viewing.

Using Soundbar plus reciever

The original product links are no longer valid because those products are not available any more. I have added some links to the best soundbars available this year to help people see what is available now. Sound bars are extremely popular because they are a simple way to take your TV sound to a new level. Most are designed to connect directly to your TV so what about connecting to your receiver instead? The thing to understand about Soundbars is that most of them have a built-in amplifier to independently power their speakers. That is what keeps them simple to set up.

Help with connecting sound bar to receiver?

As the title says I need help with making a sound bar work with our receiver. Long story short my Dad decided to buy a sound bar for himself as a Christmas present. We hooked it to one of our systems and it worked. However my Dad not being satisfied with one system hooked up, he wants the sound bar to be connected to our receiver and thus work with all the systems that are connected to the receiver. The picture I linked shows where we have the sound bar connected to the receiver. Could someone help me please. If more information is needed please say so. So it strips off audio you send through the Onkyo. Since the Onkyo likely strips the audio you'll have a hard choice to make here. So you would say it's not worth the trouble?

Soundbars are typically sold as an all-in-one unit, meaning it contains one or more amplifiers, drivers for multiple speakers, and processes the incoming signals on its own. This is an active soundbar.

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