Smart TVs and Bluetooth soundbars have upped the home entertainment game in today’s rapidly advancing world.
While Amazon is continually unveiling updates for their Fire TV Stick and Fire TV streaming devices, figuring out how these devices work with your home theatre is increasingly important.
Therefore, it’s not uncommon to get questions like ‘how to connect a Fire TV to a soundbar’.
Below, we’re sharing step-by-step solutions to some of the most common problems shared by many when first setting up their Fire TV and soundbars.
Follow these steps carefully to connect your Fire TV to your soundbar or your Fire Stick to your soundbar and enrich your cinematic experience.
How To Connect Your Amazon Fire TV To A Soundbar Step by Step
It is very simple and straightforward to connect your amazon fire stick to your soundbar. By doing so, you can browse and view content online, which also turns your regular TV into a smart TV instantly. Connecting Amazon Fire TV to your soundbar is pretty easy.
There are several ways you can do it.
First, you can use an HDMI cable to connect your Fire TV to your audio device, which in this case, is your soundbar.
Another viable option is connecting them wirelessly, i.e., through Bluetooth. Since the majority of TVs, i.e., smart TVs and soundbars these days come with Bluetooth pairing technology, it is up to the user to decide whichever method they like to connect their devices. All options have their pros and cons.
Furthermore, you can use an optical cable instead of an HDMI cable. Many soundbars have HDMI passthrough. This is when you don’t have an HDMI, or your soundbar does not have an ARC port. But, HDMI gives the most high-end Dolby sound out of all the options. The last option is a stereo connection by using a stereo Aux port. You can check out our comparison of AUX vs optical to get a better understanding of which to use.
However – on a side note – It is much more convenient to go the Bluetooth way. This way, you won’t have to go through the hassle of untangling wires, which are seemingly unavoidable. And, your home theater will look neat at all times.
If you are someone who regularly connects their video game systems and other entertainment gear to Fire TV, you know what we’re talking about here! The cables are very aesthetically unappealing.
Method 1: HDMI Cable
To use an HDMI cable to connect your Fire TV and soundbar, you first have to enable audio output over HDMI from your Fire TV settings. Follow the steps below to do that.
Step 1: Go to your setting screen on your Fire TV.
Step 2: Select “Display and Sounds” from the menu.
Step 3: Then select “audio” from the drop-down list.
Step 4: In “audio,” select “Dolby Digital Output.”
Step 5: Then select “Dolby Digital Over HDMI” option.
Selecting this option will enable Dolby Digital sound output on your HDMI. However, you do have to make sure that your Fire TV and soundbar both support ARC (Audio Return Channel). Just look for an HDMI port saying “ARC” to confirm.
Otherwise, you will not be able to hear any sound output from your soundbar. Now that you have enabled HDMI output from your Fire TV, all you have to do is grab an HDMI cable and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Look at the back of your Fire TV. Here, you will find all the HDMI ports. Find the one that says “ARC HDMI.” Plug in the HDMI output port.
Step 2: Now, look at the back of your soundbar. Here, you will find all the HDMI ports. Find the one that says “ARC HDMI.” Plug in the HDMI input port.
Now, your Fire TV and soundbar are connected. Just browse through the content on your Fire TV and enjoy.
Method 2: Bluetooth
Step 1: Go to settings and select “Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.”
Step 2: Click on “Other Bluetooth Devices.” Then select “Add Bluetooth Devices.” If your soundbar is in pairing mode, it will show up on this list.
Step 3: Click on your sound bar’s name. Now you’re connected, and you’ll get a notification.
Method 3: Aux Cable
Step 1: This method does not require changing any settings from your Fire TV. Simply find a stereo port or an RCA jack at the back of your TV. Insert one end of the aux cable into the stereo port.
Step 2: Now plug the other end of the aux cable in the stereo port at the back of the soundbar.
How To Connect Your Amazon Fire Stick To Your Soundbar
Connecting your Amazon Fire Stick to your soundbar is quite easy. Here are the steps:
- Ensure the Fire Stick is powered. They normally come with a USB cable for power.
- Connect the Fire Stick to the HDMI input of the soundbar. If the soundbar has multiple HDMI inputs, you can connect the Fire Stick to any one.
- Using the menu on the soundbar (if it has one) or the soundbar remote, select SOURCE and then select the HDMI source that corresponds with the one the Fire Stick was plugged into. For example, if you plugged the Fire Stick into HDMI1, then select HDMI1 on the soundbar.
- Connect a HDMI cable from the HDMI output of the soundbar to your TV.
- Using the menu on the TV or the TV remote, select the HDMI source that corresponds with the one the soundbar was plugged into.
- That’s it! An easy way to connect your Amazon Fire Stick to your soundbar. Everything should work as expected, even Dolby atmos.
Sometimes, you may realize that your Fire Stick has certain issues when connected to your soundbar, like the sound cutting out is a common one. Check out our article on how to fix Fire Stick cutting-out issues.
How To Connect Your Amazon Fire TV Remote to Your Soundbar
Amazon Fire TV is the best gadget for streaming online in this age. The best thing about it is that it comes with an Alexa-enabled (voice-command) remote control.
You can also use it like a standard remote control for your Fire TV. Moreover, it is very simple to use. It has a built-in microphone with a voice button visible at the top center.
The voice command for these remotes requires the user to press the microphone button on the remote and say a command like “play Black Panther.”
The Fire TV remote can easily connect to any Bluetooth device like a Bluetooth soundbar or headphones.
Follow the steps given below to connect your fire stick remote to your external Bluetooth devices like a soundbar:
Step 1: Go to “Settings” and then select “Display and Sounds.”
Step 2: Make sure that your “HDMI CEC Device control” is turned on. If it’s not, turn it on. This step is mandatory to pair your remote with any external Bluetooth device.
Step 3: Go back to Home, and then go to Settings.
Step 4: Now, go to “Equipment Control,” then select “Manage equipment,” and then click “Add Equipment.” It will show you the list of available devices to be paired with, like soundbars, receivers, cables, gaming consoles, etc.
Step 5: Select “Soundbar” in the list. Then, select the brand your soundbar is manufactured by. Now, wait until the pairing is complete, and the display says, “Your Fire TV remote is updated.”
Now, whenever you stream content online, all the audio will be coming out of the Bluetooth soundbar, rather than your Fire TV’s built-in speakers.
Control Soundbar Volume With Amazon Fire TV Remote
Once you have paired your fire TV remote with your Bluetooth soundbar, it is relatively effortless to then control the volume on your soundbar.
The second-generation Amazon Fire TV remote control is primarily an Alexa-enabled voice remote.
It works on voice commands, but also comes with volume, mute, and power buttons. Since the remote and Fire TV are connected, you can easily increase, decrease, or mute the volume of your soundbar when streaming.
It is clear by now that connecting your soundbar to your Amazon Fire TV is more effortless than you thought. You have to follow a few simple steps, and you’re good to enjoy high-quality streaming services.
The Amazon Fire line has devices that are highly compatible with each other like Fire TV, Firestick and Fire cube, etc. They also connect very well with external devices like Bluetooth soundbars and headphones.
Hence, they allow you to connect Fire TV with soundbars and surround sounds, pair Fire TV remotes to soundbars, and control their volumes and actions with voice commands. This is indeed the new era of entertainment technology.
Why Doesn’t My Soundbar Work With My Firestick?
Your soundbar is not working with your firestick due to the settings. Check the audio by going to “Settings,” then opening “Display and Sounds,” and finally “Audio.” Also, you can double-check the cable connections between the soundbar and the firestick to make sure that they are secure. Other checks you can try include:
- Checking if the TV is on mute.
- Checking that the HDMI cable is not faulty and if the connection is on Bluetooth.
- Checking that the two devices linked up successfully.
With Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices enjoying quality time with our friends and family has gotten so much easier. Now, you can turn your room into a complete theatre by pairing your Fire TV with your soundbar.
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.