Guide for Connecting a Wired Subwoofer to the Soundbar

Subwoofers are great for amplifying the sound experience and allowing you to “feel” low-frequency sounds. They are most commonly used for both movies and video games and also as parts of mid-range setups and high-end ones.

You might be wondering about how you can connect a soundbar and a subwoofer, this article will tell you how you can do that.

Well, in most cases you cannot connect a soundbar to a wired subwoofer as soundbars are typically manufactured to be utilized as an independent product and are designed to enhance your experience with listening to TV. However, several models are different and offer different connectivity options;

Many soundbars don’t offer expansion:

Everyone knows that the ultra-thin bezels that TV speakers have nowadays are not that good. Generally, everyone suggests grabbing some cheap speakers that could improve the experience of listening as there is not much room for high-quality speakers.

Now, one of the very famous ways to improve the quality of sound is to use soundbars for the content coming from a TV. They are designed in a way so they can be set up or sued easily or without any convenience and fit in because of their slim and compact size, they can easily fit in the entertainment centers. Other than that, they are very affordable but high-end models are also available. 

Imagine an all-in-one desktop vs. a traditional desktop. As you know that the all-in-one is designed in a way that takes as much of a space as a monitor, but not more than that as the computer is itself built into the display. So the same idea is being applied to soundbars here, for home entertainment setups they are an all-in-one option but sometimes they come with a built-in subwoofer as well. This doesn’t mean that they have to be the best in quality of sound but to some people, they are more than good enough. 

You will be capable of finding a variety of features as there are so many soundbars available in the market. Some of the models will allow you to connect to subwoofers while others will be available to you with a built-in subwoofer. 

How to check?

First, find out if the soundbar you are using has the ports that will allow the subwoofer to be connected to any device. A subwoofer-out jack should be present. A typical example that proves that soundbars that support subwoofers exist, is VIZIO SB2920. 

You can always do your research about the model of soundbar that you have, whether it supports a subwoofer or not and what kind of subwoofer will work with it. On the other hand, many soundbars are equipped with a proprietary subwoofer that comes in a box or is built-in. 

Here are some of the good ones that are good in quality and also are quite affordable:

1. JBL Bar 2.1

2. Sony HT-S350

3. JBL Bar 5.1

4. Sony HTX8500

Position of the soundbar is the key:

As soundbars are exactly straight bar, for output of sound, positioning them is the key. So your listening experience will not be great if the soundbar is positioned slanted or you are not sitting directly in front of it. 

As this alone won’t be able to help you but if you know how to set up a home theatre will surely make a difference and will help you achieve the bass you fancy. These are some of the steps that can help you achieve your goal:

Make sure your soundbar is lined up with your television. Some people can’t find a proper space with their TV to set up their soundbars because they usually come with relatively large size and length so they often place the soundbars at an awkward position or angle, which disrupts the listening experience. 

As for your seating, it should be directly in front of the soundbar. It is important as they have a nature of longevity and straightness which will not provide an even sound experience if you are not sitting directly in front of it. 


As many soundbars do not allow or have no ability to be connected to the subwoofer, but some of them do so it is very important to check if the soundbar you are using has this functionality. If they don’t, then you may want to look for soundbars that come with a subwoofer or they support them.

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