How to connect your soundbar to the AV receiver?

Home theater is the new craze in the current generation. Lavish parties are held around it and friends and relatives gather around it to spend some quality time together. 

If you too are thinking of getting yourself one, you need to get at least a decent quality soundbar for yourself. Now, most of you might be thinking that “Ok, I will get myself a soundbar, but how do I set it up?” Well. Think no further, getting the soundbar is the harder part, setting it up is as easy as ABC because of which you won’t have to spend any money on hiring a professional.

Just go through this short article to learn how to connect a soundbar with an AV receiver by different methods. 

Here is how to connect your soundbar to the AV Receiver

Your type of soundbar requires an AV receiver to connect.

An AV receiver has two main components. It has an amplifier or multiple amplifiers to send power to your speakers, and it has an audio processor to decode the audio signals from your source device.

These decoded signals are DTS X, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, etc. A soundbar is the same unit. It has an audio processor and amplifiers in the same box. It makes it very simple but in a soundbar, you don’t have a speaker. 

So to make this happen, make sure you have an AV receiver that has pre-outs. This means the processed audio signal coming out of your receiver without any amplification. You need a line-level cable such as an RCA cable on one end, and an AUX jack on the other.

Turn the power off, plug the AUX cable with the soundbar and RCA cable’s white end at the center pre-out. Now you can use them on. You may have to turn up the volume of your soundbar a bit to match the volume level of the speakers.

You can just simply use the AUX cable for this purpose. Another method is that you can connect a stereo system first. But it only provides two-way support while for the soundbar you need three-channel support.


If your soundbars and the speakers are of the same quality, then connecting it with the AV receiver might turn out to be a good option. When you connect your soundbar to an AV receiver, you can have multiple amplifiers to power your sound.

The audio processor decodes the sound. All the sounds travel through a central channel, and with speakers, you can listen to them at a better quality. 


Usually, your soundbar and speaker differ in quality, because of which you will observe a difference in sounds in the form of a slight delay. Amplifiers and audio processors are already present in a soundbar. You don’t need to connect them externally. Supposedly if you are watching a movie, you will hear different sounds of explosions from your soundbar and speakers.

This is a big downfall to this option and experts also don’t recommend this for long-term use. The left speaker and the right speaker are going to sound way much different than each other, and that’s not ideal.

Another reason they want to use a soundbar to a receiver is to use the soundbar as the front three channels, and then two different surround speakers that aren’t compatible with that soundbar. So they use the soundbar as left, center, and right channel and they’d have a rare left, rare right surround sound.

The main issue with this is that there is no other method to connect it because they are not made to do this. Because the receiver isn’t only meant to output three channels digitally, and soundbars don’t accept input from a receiver that way.

User guide:

If you want the full surround sound, you can simply just buy three front speakers and do channel, center, and right channel settings. If you want a full surround sound system, completely ditch the receivers and buy a soundbar with surround sound.


Now that you know how to convert your boring TV lounge into a thrilling Home Theatre, you too will be able to call over your friends and family for gatherings and parties. Your surround sound and surround system will make these events memorable.

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