There are several ways you can link your Bose soundbar to a TV. In this article, we focus on the three commonly used methods and how to troubleshoot the connections. We will be looking at the Bose soundbar 700 specifically.
How Do I Connect My Bose Soundbar To My TV?
There are several ways to connect Bose soundbars to TV. Some of the most commonly used methods include HDMI, Bluetooth, and optical cable.
However, HDMI is the preferred and probably the best way to deliver very high-quality audio. You will, however, need to find out the type of your Bose soundbar and even TV before you can decide the best method to use.
You may want to use Bluetooth due to the ease of control, especially if you’re going to avoid using long wires. However, if your devices do not support Bluetooth connectivity, it may not be a suitable method. Let’s get into more details.
1. Using HDMI ARC
To connect your Bose soundbar 700 to a TV with HDMI ARC, make sure the TV has an HDMI ARC port. You can quickly tell by checking the label and ensuring it is written “HDMI ARC” or read the TV’s manual. If the TV does not support ARC, you will not be able to hear any sound from your soundbar.
Follow the steps below to complete the connection.
Step 1: Assemble the TV, soundbar, and HDMI cable. Ensure they are closer together to make the connection easier. Also, the devices should be closer to a power socket as you will need to power them on.
Step 2: Turn off the Boss soundbar 700 and TV.
Step 3: Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the TV and the other end to the soundbar
Step 4: Turn on the TV and the soundbar.
Step 5: Change the audio output from your TV to HDMI. You can do that from the TV settings.
Step 6: Change the audio input on your soundbar to HDMI.
Once you have a secure connection and the settings changed, you should hear sound from the soundbar. If you don’t hear the sound, you can recheck the settings or restart the connection to troubleshoot the problem. Also, ensure that the HDMI cable is properly fixed on the TV and soundbar.
2. Using Optical Cable
The other way to connect the Boss soundbar 700 to the TV is by using an optical cable. You should, however, check that your TV supports an optical cable connection. Follow the steps below to complete the link.
Step 1: Assemble the TV, soundbar, and optical cable. Ensure they are closer together to make the connection easier.
Step 2: Connect one end of the optical cable to the Bose soundbar and the other end to the Bose soundbar 700.
Step 3: Change the audio output settings of your TV to an optical cable.
Step 4: Change the audio input settings of the Boss soundbar 700 to Digital in.
Step 5: Play some music or video and listen to hear the sound from the soundbar.
3. Using Bluetooth
This method is considered the most reliable. However, not all TVs and soundbars support Bluetooth connectivity. The feature is, however, available in most modern audio devices. And, although the sound quality may not be as excellent as that of optical or HDMI, the method is much more convenient for the lack of wires.
If your TV supports Bluetooth, follow the steps below to connect it to the Boss soundbar 700.
Step 1: Assemble the devices in close proximity.
Step 2: Press and hold the Bluetooth button on the soundbar or remote. This takes the soundbar into Bluetooth pairing mode.
Step 3: On the Bluetooth menu on the TV, select Bose soundbar 700 from the list of available devices.
Step 4: Select “Pair with this device” to enable the TV to pair up with the soundbar.
Step 5: Play some music or video on the TV and listen to hear the sound from the soundbar.
3. Can I Use RCA?
Some older TVs and soundbars use RCA which is the regular red and white cable. So, can you connect your Bose Soundbar 700 using RCA? No, you cannot because the 700 soundbar doesn’t have an RCA input nor does it seem to have an auxiliary input. However, there are some older soundbars that can be connected to a TV using RCA.
How Do I Program My Bose 700 Remote To My TV?
Generally, a universal remote control can control several other devices such as TV, Blu-ray player, and cable box. To program your Boss 700 remote to your TV, follow the steps below.
Step 1: In the Bose Music App, select and tap the settings icon. You can find this icon in the upper-right corner. If a different product is shown, tap the “My Bose” icon in the upper-right corner and select the desired product.
Step 2: Select TV in the universal remote section to program the system to control your TV.
Step 3: Select “configure” to program the system to be able to control other devices.
Step 4: Select “Advanced” to connect the soundbar universal remote to the soundbar.
Why Is My Soundbar Not Working With My TV?
If your soundbar fails to output sound after the connection, you may need to follow the following steps to troubleshoot the connection.
Step 1: Disconnect the cables between the TV and soundbar, and then reconnect them. Make sure the connection is secure at both ends.
Step 2: If your connection uses an HDMI cable, check to ensure that your TV has an ARC or eARC/ARC label. If your TV has no ARC or eARC/ARC label, connect it to the soundbar using an HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on the TV and HDMI IN on the soundbar. Then, connect an optical audio cable to the Optical digital out port of the TV and the OPTICAL In port on the soundbar. You can also use an audio cable instead, where an optical cable is not supported.
Step 3: Check that the audio output settings of the TV are set to a soundbar.
Step 4: Turn off the soundbar for a minute and turn it on again. If you can’t hear any sound, turn off the TV and on again after some time.
Step 5: Make sure the Control for HDMI on the TV and soundbar is set to ON. Also, you should set the ARC feature of the soundbar to On or AUTO and set it to the TV output.
Step 6: If your TV is BRAVIA, update the TV software to the latest version.
Why Won’t My Bose Soundbar Connect To My Tv?
If your Bose soundbar doesn’t connect to the TV, follow the steps below to troubleshoot the connection.
- Reset the TV
- Reset the soundbar if it still fails to work after resetting the TV
- Test the HDMI cable or use an optical cable if the HDMI connection fails
- Update firmware
How To Connect Bose Soundbar 700 To WiFi
Step 1: Press and hold the Skip Back button and TV icon on the remote together for 3 seconds.
Step 2: Go to the Wi-Fi settings of your mobile and connect to the Wi-Fi network of your soundbar. Its name should begin as “Bose Soundbar,” followed by your model.
Step 3: Once it is connected, go to the browser and open 192.0.2.1 to open the setup page of the Wi-Fi network of your soundbar. Select your home’s Wi-Fi and enter the password to connect. Also, you can add your home network manually if you can’t find it there.
Step 4: Click “Submit.”
When you tap on “Submit,” your Bose soundbar 700 disconnects from the mobile phone and automatically connect to the home Wi-Fi. You can now open the Bose Music app and add your soundbar.
How To Connect Bose Soundbar 700 To Samsung TV
Before connecting your Samsung TV to Bose 700, examine the ports to determine which cable is the best fit. Other than the optical cable and auxiliary cable, the other most common connection today is however HDMI.
Once you determine the best cable to use, turn off the Bose soundbar and Samsung television and connect one end of the cable to the tv and the other to the Bose soundbar.
Turn on the soundbar and television and select “Source” followed by “Function” to choose the option you have used to bridge the connection.
You can also complete the connection through Bluetooth. Press the “Pairing” button on Bose or speaker remote. Turn the television “ON” and navigate through the Menu to locate and select “Sources” followed by “Connection Guide.” Choose the soundbar from the list of devices that are ready for connection to complete the pairing process.
Norvan Martin is the founder of BoomSpeaker.com. He is a professional Electronics Engineer and is passionate about home theater systems and AV electronics. BoomSpeaker was created as an online hub to share his knowledge and experiences as it relates to home theaters and home audio electronics.