How to connect a soundbar to TV without HDMI?

Soundbars are the easiest way to convert your TV into a home theater. The latest soundbars offer wireless connectivity only whereas some still offer either wired or both. Suppose you have a soundbar and you want to connect it with your TV, but it does not support an HDMI connection, either one of them does not have a port or you don’t have an HDMI cable.

Now you must be thinking about what to do, well, no need to call a professional for this problem. It might look like a complex and technical task, but let me assure you that there are several easy methods that you can use to connect your soundbar to your TV without an HDMI port or a cable.

Once you go through this article, you will be able to set up your soundbar very easily. So, let’s get on with it

What to do?

There are two ways that you can go from here. You can either go hi-tech and get going with a wireless connection by using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or you can go mid-tech and use a 3.5mm AUX cable or an RCA cable. Moreover, you can also use an auxiliary device to convert your coaxial cables into another type of connection which you’re TV and soundbar, will support.

Wired Connectivity:

Like I said before, for using a wired connection, you will either need to get your hands on a 3.5mm AUX cable, get an RCA cable or get a coaxial cable connection.

1. AUX Cable

Even though AUX ports are slowly being removed, almost all electronic devices, especially audio devices support an AUX port. They have been widely used around the world because of their ease of connectivity and reliable data transfer.

Your soundbar will have an AUX port and it is most probable that your TV will have one too, if it doesn’t you can use an AUX to RCA adopter and connect the cable using that. AUX cables are very cheap with even the most expensive costing less than $10.

The downside of using an AUX connection is that it cannot support soundbars that have more than 2 channels, it can only support left and right speakers. But even in those 2 speakers, the audio quality will be top graded.

2. RCA Cables

RCA cables were widely used in TVs and sound systems in the past few years, but now they have almost vanished after the introduction of 3.5mm, HDMI, and optical connections. You would be lucky if your soundbar supports an RCA connection. Older TVs were only capable of receiving audio and video signals, but TVs today are capable of receiving and sending. 

Just set up the proper connection using the yellow, red, and white cables, and then you are on your way.

The downside of using an RCA cable is similar to that of a 3.5mm AUX cable; you can only use left and right speaker channels.

3. Coaxial cables

This connection type is as old as the RCA connections and it is very unlikely that your soundbar or your TV supports it. But you can always check and if they do, then you use this method as well.

The downside of this connection is that it is a bit complicated to set up. You will need a DVD player or VCR to act as a medium between them.

Wireless Connectivity:

If your soundbar and your TV support a wireless connection, then there couldn’t be an easier way to hook them up. You can use both, a Wi-Fi as well as a Bluetooth connection to set them up.

More importantly, since it is a wireless connection, other than a few exceptions, the devices don’t need to be next to the Wi-Fi or next to each other. You can place them anywhere in the room as you like as long as they are within the range of the connection.

They are very easy to set up, just use the settings and select the available option and connect both the devices.


Now you know what you can do if one of your devices or both of them do not support an HDMI connection. You can use any of the above methods and be on your way to the best sound experience possible.

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