How Set Up A Soundbar

How To Set Up A Soundbar

16/07/2021 Off By killiadmin

Location:

A big, if not the biggest part of your buying decision will be dictated by where you want to place the soundbar. If you’re looking to place it on a TV stand or rack, will it fit? Ideally, you don’t want the soundbar hanging over the edge because its feet might not make contact with the surface. This means the bar won’t be properly supported and the sound could suffer.

If you want to wall-mount, check the soundbar comes with a wall-mounting kit or make sure there’s an optional one available.

 

 

Don’t forget the soundbar might come with its own subwoofer. A sub can make or break a system and, in our experience, they sound better if you position the sub as close as possible to the actual soundbar. Too far away and integration will suffer and it can sound as though the low frequencies are coming from a different postcode.

Take Into Account TV:

Another thing to take note of is the width of your TV. If the soundbar is too narrow, your TV will dwarf it.

It’s not just the width of your TV you’ll want to note, but it’s height too. Is there a chance a soundbar placed in front will block part of your TV’s picture? Is there a big enough gap between the screen and the top of your TV stand or kit rack to accommodate it? If not, does the soundbar have an IR repeater which will allow signals meant for your TV to pass through to it unhindered.

Update Your Soundbar:

So, you’ve finally taken delivery of your new soundbar, but what next? Once you’ve unboxed it and worked out where you want to put it, your first task should be to perform a software update. Once the soundbar is on your wi-fi network there’s a chance you’ll be prompted to do just that. Otherwise, head into the menus.

Will make sure all the features it’s supposed to have are onboard. It should also iron out any issues that might have arisen since the soundbar originally launched.

 

 

Most soundbars feature Bluetooth audio streaming and in many cases multi-room audio, so you’ll need to go into the settings and switch on Bluetooth where relevant or get the soundbar hooked up to the rest of the speakers on your home network. This also means you’ll be able to use any virtual voice assistants.

Sort Your Sound Settings:

It also makes sense to jump into the audio settings and get the soundbar ready for its first outing. Depending on the model of soundbar, you might have access to an on-screen display which should make it easier to get to all the different settings at your disposal.

If it comes with its own automatic calibration software then make sure you run it so the soundbar’s audio output is matched to your room’s layout and characteristics.

Once complete, you could always reach for a sound pressure level meter (there are a number of smartphone apps that can do this) to make sure levels are balanced.

Or you could do it by ear. Take a movie that you know well or a scene from a streamed TV series and play it through your soundbar. Does it sound balanced? Is the dialogue easy to hear? Does the subwoofer need turning down a notch? How cohesive and convincing is the soundfield? At this stage, you might want to go into those sound settings and tweak the audio levels or processing modes.

It’s also worth playing music through the soundbar. Many models give you the option of switching between a movie and music mode. With music mode, the soundbars tend to prioritise a more cohesive stereo presentation (perhaps not using all its drive units) rather than on creating a broader, more effects-based soundfield.