How to connect soundbar to a computer
Connecting the soundbar to a computer is easy. To do this, you need to find the necessary plug socket on the back of the system unit (or on the side of the laptop). It has three inputs: two for speakers and a subwoofer, and a third for a microphone (however, you won’t need one). So that the owner doesn’t confuse the inputs, above each nest there is a stylized image of a device that must be connected to this nest.
When we buy a sound bar, we don’t know the potential it can have. That’s why this time I’m going to explain how to connect it to your computer so you can watch your movies.
Well, not only watch movies, but you will be able to listen to all your music in a better way than if it were a simple microcassette.
For the record, this guide can be used for both desktop and laptop computers. Although it is difficult to find a laptop with any of these connections. That said, let’s get to it.
Auxiliary jack cable
We start with the simplest of all, since all computers usually have one next to them. It’s a normal, lifetime headphone output and can come in green or marked with the headphone symbol. I’m sure you know which one it is.
Well, that output can be connected directly to an audio input that has the sound bar in the same way. Usually this input is called AUX, AUDIO IN or something like that.
It can be the case that instead of having an input like headphones, it has an RCA input. That is, a red and white one. In that case you will have to have a cable that by a tip has Jack or earphone and by the other RCA.
Once you have it connected and have the volume activated in the computer, you go to the sound bar and hit the button that says Source or Input and you look until it shows you that the output has been activated on the screen or where it indicates.
Today almost every mid-range computer in condition usually has an HDMI output. With that we connect the computer to our TV to watch the movies.
But our sound bar may also have HDMI. It usually comes with an input and output. Why? To bridge the audio gap.
So if we want to connect the computer, for example, the sound goes from the HDMI output of the computer to the HDMI input of the bar and the output that also brings this would go to the HDMI input of the TV.
Now play the same as before. Activate the HDMI input from the button I mentioned before, otherwise it will not be heard.
By fiber optics
Optical cable connector
We continue with the same system we have seen before assuming your computer has fiber optic output, which is difficult. Unless your computer is a desktop.
Same thing. Fiber cable connected to the computer to the fiber optic audio output and to the bar at the input or inputs it has. We activate that input from the control of the bar and that’s it. We already have sound.
Well, ready, and we can enjoy the sound of movies, music or what we play on our PC, in our sound bar.
The wires have matching colors. As a rule, most motherboard manufacturers adhere to the same range of colors: pink, green and blue. The plug is painted in the color of the socket for easy connection.
Connect it carefully, it is desirable that at this time the device itself has been disconnected. When the power plug is connected, press the corresponding button on the soundbar control panel and the device will turn on.
If there is an additional sound card on the system unit (or laptop), connect the green and pink wires better to it.This will provide better sound processing. There are so-called “external” (or remote) sound cards, but the connection principle in them remains the same: two sockets and two plugs. In other cases, you may need an adapter, but it usually comes with the instrument.
After switching on, the soundbar is ready for use almost immediately. The bass speaker may require pressing another power button located on its control panel. After clicking, the devices are automatically searched and synchronized. The user can only adjust the volume and other equalizer settings.
When connecting the devices, the following nuances must be considered:
Normally, the connection of the soundbar is smooth, but there may be some difficulties that, if you look, are easy to solve. The first thing that a user may encounter is that the plugs are badly stuck in the socket. A characteristic signal will be a nasty buzz coming from the speakers, indicating that the plug does not fit tightly enough into the socket, due to which the audio signal cannot be transmitted correctly.
The second function may be the wrong wiring sequence (green to pink, etc.). This happens by mistake or if the owner of the device is in too much of a hurry. It should be noted that in this case, the device will not emit any foreign signal, on the contrary, there will be no sound, so after connecting all the wires, you should carefully check if they are connected correctly by colors and if the plugs are firmly in the socket.
A sound bar connected to a computer may work for a long time, but if the operating system suddenly stops abnormally, the sound will disappear. To do this, you need to reboot the system to make sure it is not hardware.
Sometimes the sound disappears because the apartment has been turned off. For the system to reboot with the operating parameters, you need to turn it off and on again, allowing it to stay off for a while.
The soundbar for desktop or laptop computers is a very popular and relevant thing. And in some cases (use it as a “home cinema”), it is absolutely essential. Connecting the soundbar to the system unit takes no more time than unpacking the purchased device. In some cases, as mentioned above, an adapter may be needed for the whole system to work properly, but the connection principle itself will not change.