7 simple steps in connecting and using a soundbar
Connecting, locating and using the correct mode are simple steps when it comes to audio electronics such as soundbar speakers. We describe these aspects in more detail in the following piece, so that our readers can get the best out of their sound system, and the advice offered will also help them buy a model that best suits their needs.
Some of the readers of this site want to know more about soundbar speakers. In their help, I wrote the section below, in which we approach some general ideas related to the choice, installation and use of these acoustic enclosures. Let's start with some general ideas about the location:
Where do you put the soundbar?
Among the most common locations are two positions: under the TV or above it, on the wall. Theoretically, the sound from the soundbar speakers should come directly from the direction of the TV, so it is not recommended that it be too left or too right in front of the screen, otherwise the stereo effect will be compromised.
Regarding the location of the subwoofers (many sounbdar sets include something like that), then you will be happy when you hear that there are not many restrictions on this subject. The low bass frequencies will propagate non-directionally, spreading fairly evenly throughout the room, so you can place a subwoofer almost anywhere you want. Ideally, of course, it would be close to the center of the room, so that the bass is spread as efficiently as possible everywhere.
If you have also opted for a soundbar set with satellite speakers for the back, they will have to be placed on the couch where you will listen to music or watch movies. You can either opt for footrests for these speakers, or nail them to the wall, as almost all satellite models have holes in the back. Of course, you also have the option to put the satellites on shelves or shelves.
If the model of soundbar you want connects with cables to the TV (or between the soundbar and the rest of the speakers), then most likely you will not want them to be seen, because they look messy and you can stop them. For this reason, try to hide them from the furniture, under the carpet, or even with special channels for cables, such as those that stick to the wall.
It is important that you first place the cables in the desired position without securing them, and then connect them. Otherwise, if you have connected, say, an HDMI cable to the TV, and you want to insert the other end into a speaker, be careful when pulling the cord, so as not to damage the TV.
Establishing Bluetooth connections
If the system you purchased focuses on transmitting the audio signal via Bluetooth, then the connection can be made as soon as you have installed the speakers. The procedure is simple: press the search button on the speaker and on the TV, phone or tablet, you will have to find the soundbar. Enter the security password and press connect.
Resume the procedure, if something goes wrong. One thing to keep in mind is that Bluetooth coverage rarely exceeds 10 meters, so don't rely on the fact that you'll be able to stream from your phone from one room to another.
How much audio power do you need?
Many of those interested in audio systems think about the power of the speakers when it comes to choosing a system. At soundbars, you can find models from under 50 watts (only for the center speaker, horizontal), up to over 300 watts, if we take into account the subwoofer and the rear speakers.
The power of a system should be directly proportional to the room in which you place it. A value of about 50 watts is enough for 20 square meters. Over 200 Watts are suitable for large salons, 60 square meters, indicative.
In the descriptions of all speakers, you will find the power value in Wati RMS (which can be sustained for a long time), but also the peak power value (power supported for short periods). For example, a system can have 60 Watt RMS and 100 Watt peak power, and so on.
How do you maintain the soundbar?
The maintenance of audio electronics must be aimed in particular at protection against dust and protection from shocks. Once a week, wipe the dust off the speaker, but do not use very damp cloths to prevent drops of liquid from seeping into the components inside. Also, do not place the speaker in a precarious position, which makes it vulnerable to falls.
If you have children, be careful if you listen to the speaker without the protection grille: the little ones love to clog the speaker caps, and they will look unpleasant if they are clogged with the finger, and their value will decrease if you want to sell that item.
What accessories would be useful with a soundbar?
Here, we recommend that you accompany the good soundbar model you have opted for with a universal remote control (which controls both the speaker and the TV or Blu-ray player), the rear satellite mounts (if you have one) and, possibly, a support for the main speaker, for the wall, in case you have decided that you want to place it there. It doesn't hurt to have an antistatic spray in the area, with which you can spray and wipe the electronics periodically, in order to limit the dust deposits.
What do I do if I encounter soundbar faults?
If the speaker does not work, check the connections again, ie the plugs on the wires or reconnect the Bluetooth connection. If the cables go under the carpet, make sure that they are not ironed or damaged due to the fact that a piece of furniture sits on them.
If there are buzzers in the speakers or other suspicious sounds, it is best to go to the showroom where you bought it, if it is still under warranty.
We do not recommend that you attempt a repair on your own, especially as this attempt may compromise the product warranty. Don't forget to read the soundbar manual, where there should be a section with problems encountered and the solutions proposed to solve them.