Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to connect a JBL soundbar to your TV. Installing a soundbar can significantly improve the audio quality of your home entertainment system. JBL makes excellent quality soundbars that are easy to set up with modern TVs.

In this guide, we will walk you through the entire process of connecting your JBL soundbar to your TV using either wired or wireless options. We will cover everything you need to know, from initial setup and connections to adjusting audio settings for the best performance.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Connect JBL Soundbar to TV

What You Need

Before getting started, make sure you have the following:

  • JBL Soundbar – Any JBL soundbar model will work. Popular options include the JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass, JBL Bar 5.1 Surround, and JBL Bar 9.1 True Wireless Surround.
  • TV – A smart TV with HDMI ARC/eARC or optical audio output. Make sure your TV is compatible with your soundbar connections.
  • HDMI Cable – For wired connection from soundbar to TV HDMI ARC/eARC ports. High speed HDMI cable recommended.
  • Optical/Toslink Cable – For wired connection from soundbar to TV optical audio port.
  • Power Cables – For soundbar and external subwoofer if your model has one. Connect to power outlets.

Step 1 – Position the Soundbar

Place your JBL soundbar directly in front of your TV. Keep it centered with the TV screen.

For soundbars with a wireless subwoofer, place the subwoofer on either side of the TV stand. The subwoofer cables should reach the connections on the soundbar.

Step 2 – Connect the Soundbar to Your TV

You can connect your JBL soundbar to your TV either wirelessly via Bluetooth or using the wired HDMI ARC or Optical connection.

Wired Connection


  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your soundbar’s HDMI ARC/eARC port.
  2. Connect the other end to the HDMI ARC/eARC port on your TV.
  3. Set the soundbar to HDMI ARC mode using the remote control or buttons on the unit.
  4. On your TV, ensure HDMI-CEC and ARC are enabled in the audio settings.

Optical Audio

  1. Connect the optical/Toslink cable from the soundbar optical input to the TV optical audio output.
  2. Set the soundbar input mode to optical. Some soundbars detect the optical connection automatically.
  3. On your TV, enable PCM or Dolby Digital audio output in the audio settings.

Wireless Connection

  1. On the JBL soundbar, press the Bluetooth button to turn on Bluetooth pairing mode. The status indicator will blink.
  2. On your TV, go to settings and enable Bluetooth audio. Select the JBL soundbar when it appears in the list of available devices.
  3. If prompted for a pin code, enter 0000. The soundbar will beep when successfully paired.

Step 3 – Turn On CEC Control

To control your JBL soundbar volume and power using only the TV remote, enable HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) on both devices.

  1. On your TV, enable HDMI-CEC in the system settings. Names vary by manufacturer, like Anynet+ (Samsung), SimpLink (LG) or EasyLink (Philips).
  2. On the JBL soundbar, enable HDMI-CEC in the audio settings.
  3. Set your TV speaker option to external speaker or audio system.

Step 4 – Configure Audio Settings

Once connected, you need to configure the soundbar and TV audio settings for proper passthrough and volume control:

On TV:

  • Set audio output to external speakers or audio system
  • Turn off TV speakers or enable S/PDIF passthrough
  • Set digital audio format to Auto, Pass-through or PCM

On Soundbar:

  • Select the correct input mode (HDMI ARC, Optical, Bluetooth)
  • Enable CEC volume control
  • Enable bass and virtual surround sound modes if available

Step 5 – Enjoy Your Soundbar!

You can now enjoy premium sound quality from your JBL soundbar. Use your TV remote to adjust volume, mute, power on/off and access sound settings.

Stream music via Bluetooth for wireless playback directly from your phone or tablet. Refer to the soundbar manual for details on all available functionality like EQ presets and wireless multi-room audio.

Sit back and experience all your movies, sports, TV shows and music like never before!

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some solutions to common problems when connecting a JBL soundbar to your TV:

No Sound

  • Check connections and cables on both ends
  • Try toggling between input modes on soundbar
  • Ensure TV audio output is set to external speakers
  • Re-pair Bluetooth devices if connecting wirelessly

Audio and Video Out of Sync

  • Enable audio sync or lipsync delay feature on soundbar
  • Adjust audio delay in TV settings if available
  • Connect devices to different HDMI ports on TV

Volume Fluctuations

  • Disable auto volume leveling on TV
  • Check volume continuity setting on soundbar
  • Use fixed volume mode instead of variable via CEC

Subwoofer Making Popping Noises

  • Move subwoofer away from power cables, routers, cell phones
  • Check and secure all wired connections

Remote Not Controlling Soundbar Volume

  • Enable CEC (HDMI-CEC) on both TV and soundbar
  • Try programming the TV remote to the soundbar directly

Bluetooth Not Connecting

  • Re-pair the JBL soundbar on your Bluetooth device
  • Check for Bluetooth interference from other devices
  • Reset the soundbar and remove other paired devices

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about connecting JBL soundbars to TVs:

What cables are needed to connect a JBL soundbar to my TV?

You need either an HDMI cable for wired ARC/eARC connection or an optical/Toslink cable for optical connection. An HDMI cable is preferred for the best quality lossless audio.

Does the soundbar need to be connected to power?

Yes, you need to connect the soundbar and subwoofer (if present) to power outlets using the included power cables. The soundbar also needs to be turned on.

How far can I place the soundbar from my TV?

JBL soundbars are designed to be placed directly in front of the TV, up to 15 feet away. Make sure all cables and wires reach between the TV and soundbar.

Can I mount my JBL soundbar to the wall?

Yes, most JBL soundbar models come with wall mount brackets. You can purchase compatible wall mounts to install the soundbar securely under your TV.

Do I need internet connection for my soundbar?

No, internet is not required for regular audio connectivity between a soundbar and TV. Internet is only needed for smart features like built-in streaming music services.

Can I control soundbar volume with my TV remote?

Yes, by enabling HDMI CEC you can use your regular TV remote to control soundbar volume, mute and power. The TV remote essentially replaces the soundbar remote.

Why is my soundbar audio out of sync with video?

This audio delay or lag can occur due to latency in video processing. Enable audio sync or lip-sync delay feature on your soundbar and add the necessary offset to match the audio.

How do I connect surround speakers or subwoofer?

Surround speakers and subwoofers included with JBL soundbars connect wirelessly or via provided cables. Refer to manual for wiring diagrams and set up instructions for full surround sound.

Can I stream music to my soundbar via Bluetooth?

Yes, JBL soundbars feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream music directly from your phone, tablet or laptop for room-filling audio.

How do I get the best sound quality from my JBL soundbar?

Use lossless connections like HDMI ARC or eARC for uncompressed audio quality. Enable bass and virtual surround sound effects. Adjust the EQ presets and run room calibration for optimized audio tailored to your space.


We hope this guide has helped explain the complete process for connecting your JBL soundbar to your TV. Following our step-by-step instructions, you can have your soundbar set up and working with your TV in no time.

With the superior audio performance of a JBL soundbar system, your movies, music, and TV shows will sound better than ever. Our troubleshooting tips will also help resolve any common issues that may arise.

For more specific instructions, always refer to the user manual included with your JBL soundbar model. Enjoy your enhanced home theater experience!

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