Published On: February 12, 2024

How to Connect Bose Soundbar to TV

Published On: February 12, 2024
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How to Connect Bose Soundbar to TV

Learn how to connect Bose soundbar to TV effortlessly for a cinematic audio experience. in our quick step-by-step guide.

How to Connect Bose Soundbar to TV

  • David Bates, a dedicated home theater connoisseur, shares his passion and expertise through engaging writing. He provides insights on the latest trends, technologies, and techniques, helping others achieve optimal audiovisual experiences.

Struggling to immerse yourself in cinematic sound with your new Bose soundbar? It turns out, connecting your soundbar to your TV is simpler than you might think. This article walks you through the steps to seamlessly link up your devices for an audio experience that transforms movie nights.

Key Takeaways

  • Before connecting your Bose soundbar, turn off devices and organize wires.
  • Use HDMI or optical cables to link the soundbar to the TV depending on what your TV supports.
  • After connecting, plug in the power cord and choose the right input source on your TV.
  • Optimize audio quality by running ADAPTiQ with the soundbar's calibration program.
  • If you don't have HDMI ARC, use an optical cable for connection.

Preparing for the Setup: Necessary Components

Before you begin the magical transformation of your TV's audio experience with a Bose soundbar, let's ensure everything is in place for a smooth setup. You'll want to gather all the necessary components and become familiar with some important precautions – think of it as laying the groundwork for outstanding cinematic sound right in your living room.

Let's make sure you have everything you need for a smooth setup.

A man holding a phone next to a Bose soundbar, a TV and some cables
  • Your Bose SoundTouch soundbar - it works with models sold from 2017 - 2020.
  • A high - quality HDMI cable if your TV supports HDMI ARC, which sends audio to the soundbar.
  • An optical cable as an alternative if your TV doesn't have an HDMI ARC port.
  • The power cord that came with the soundbar to connect it to the power outlet.
  • A mobile device or computer to download and use the SoundTouch app for setting up your soundbar.
  • Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your mobile device before starting the setup. This will be important for using the Bose Music app.

Connecting the Bose Soundbar to the TV

With your preparations complete, it's time to dive into the heart of the setup – seamlessly integrating your Bose soundbar with your TV. This step is where the magic happens, transforming your viewing space into an audio haven that brings every scene to vivid life.

Linking the Bose Soundbar to the TV

You're ready to experience amazing sound from your Bose soundbar. Here's how you connect it to your TV.

A woman in the living room watching TV with a soundbar in front of the TV
  1. First, find the HDMI - ARC port on your television.
  2. Grab an HDMI cable, then plug one end into the HDMI - ARC port on your TV.
  3. Take the other end of the HDMI cable and connect it to your Bose soundbar's ARC input.
  4. If your TV doesn't have HDMI - ARC, get an optical cable instead.
  5. Connect one end of the optical cable to the digital audio out port on your TV.
  6. Attach the other end of the optical cable to the optical in port on your soundbar.
  7. Switch on your TV and select the appropriate input source for either HDMI or optical connection.
  8. Test if sound is coming through by playing a video or song on your TV.

Power Connection

Plug the Bose soundbar's power cord into a live AC power outlet. Make sure it's firmly connected. This will give your speaker the energy it needs to deliver top-notch audio from your TV.

Check that other devices nearby are also plugged in correctly.

Next, get ready to fine-tune your sound experience.

Optimizing the Soundbar Performance

Unlock the full potential of your Bose soundbar experience by tuning it to perfection. Dive into advanced features like ADAPTiQ audio calibration, which tailors sound output to match the unique acoustics of your room, ensuring that you're at the center of an immersive audio environment every time you press "play.".

Running ADAPTiQ for optimal sound

Setting up your Bose soundbar correctly ensures you get the best sound experience. Running ADAPTiQ is a critical step in this process, as it adjusts the audio to fit your room's unique acoustics.

A beautiful modern room with a big TV, soundbar, a couch and a table
  1. Find a quiet time when you can run the calibration uninterrupted.
  2. Plug in your Bose soundbar and turn on your TV.
  3. Sit in your favorite spot – the one from where you'll be watching TV most often.
  4. Connect the ADAPTiQ headset to your soundbar's headphone jack.
  5. Put on the headset—it might look a little funny, but it's essential for measuring sound!
  6. Start the ADAPTiQ program using your soundbar remote or app on your smartphone.
  7. Stay still and quiet as ADAPTiQ plays a series of tones to analyze room dimensions and layout.
  8. Move to different seating positions if instructed by the program—it learns from multiple spots.
  9. Finish all five measurement tests – moving too much could mess up readings!
  10. Remove the headset, store it safely, and enjoy tailored audio perfect for movie nights or music jams.


You're all set—your Bose soundbar is now friends with your TV! Kick back, grab some popcorn, and immerse yourself in crisp, clear audio. Trust me, movie nights just leveled up big time.

Remember, if you ever want to tweak the sound settings, your friend ADAPTiQ is there to help out. Go ahead, enjoy that home theater vibe—it's showtime!

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