What is the best connection for audio

Connect and position a soundbar correctly: this is how it works

The interface of choice for the wireless connection is Bluetooth - if the TV set and soundbar support this standard. Check it carefully, because some manufacturers use their own names for the Bluetooth connection, such as Samsung with "TV Sound Connect" or LG with "TV Wireless Soundsync".

The big advantage of Bluetooth is - apart from the fact that you don't need a cable - that the soundbar is accessible to all devices with a Bluetooth interface, i.e. PC, tablet, smartphone. The disadvantage is a higher power consumption than other solutions, as the soundbar is always in stand-by mode so that it is always ready to receive. In addition, there may be interruptions in the transmission if, for example, several devices come into contact with each other.

Before you buy, check that the TV and soundbar are compatible. Even if both manufacturers support Bluetooth, it does not say that a Sony TV set can be connected to a Samsung soundbar, for example (also known as "pairing" or "pairing"). If you have incompatible devices, you have to connect both with cables.

The following step-by-step instructions will help you if you want to connect the soundbar wirelessly:

1. Select TV source: Switch on your soundbar and use the remote control to select your TV set as the source. If required, confirm the connection. Check whether the connection works by trying to control the volume of your TV set with the remote control of the soundbar. If that works, the installation is already complete.
2. Selecting the soundbar: If you cannot establish a connection, open the menu of your TV set and navigate to the speaker list under "Audio" or "Sound". There you can either select Bluetooth or control your soundbar via "Add new device". Once the TV has found the soundbar, confirm and say yes, that you allow the devices to be paired and connected. Check again using the volume control to see if the connection is up.

Even if WLAN is not suitable for the transmission of sound due to the high latency times, many manufacturers use this connection for TV-independent music streaming or for multi-room functionality, with which you can listen to your favorite music on all speakers in the house.