How to disconnect soundbar from TV

Soundbars enhance the TV watching experience and make it smoother. As most Smart or other TVs get skimmer these days, they lack space for proper speaker installation. This is where soundbars come in. Soundbars make it extremely easy to get quality sound from the Tv without dealing with complicated wiring and confusing menus on the AV receiver. 

However, though soundbars are desired sometimes, you might have to disconnect them for troubleshooting. This is a relatively easy step. For this, navigate to the TV settings, select the Sound Output option, which will show the Soundbar, and change it back to TV Speaker. Finally, close the settings. 

How to Disconnect Soundbar from TV (Different Brands Explained)

The process of doing this varies as per the brands. We have listed the top three brands. 

How to disconnect the soundbar from LG tv? 

Disconnecting your soundbar from the LG TV is pretty simple. However, it must be noted that there are various ways of doing this. 

Using HDMI cable: If you have your soundbar connected to the LG TV using an HDMI cable, taking them out will disconnect the soundbar. 

Digital coaxial or optical: In all probability, your LG tv has digital coaxial or optical if it does not support HDMI. The digital optical cable has a square connector, while the coaxial has a circular one. To disconnect, take out the plug from the Audio In Port of the soundbar and the Out port of the TV.

Wireless connection: Some high-end LG tv also features sound sync. This allows you to connect the soundbar or plate. Using the LG TV Magic remote, navigate to the settings, then change the option to TV speaker from the LG Sound Sync Wireless. 

RCA: If your TV is connected to the soundbar using a 3.5 mm line, simply taking it off will disconnect your soundbar. The same applies to the RCA. 

How to disconnect the soundbar from Samsung tv?

Too many remotes become too much to handle, rendering you confused. Thankfully Samsung has addressed this pain point well and has thus developed only one remote to control your Samsung TV and soundbox. Once connected, the soundbar usually turns on and off with the tv, but if you want to disconnect your soundbar, you can try the following means. 

When connected with digital optical cable: If your soundbar is connected to the TV by this method, press the source on the remote or on the soundbar. Press and hold the left directional key to deactivate the Auto Power Link. 

This should turn off the soundbar. Once done, remove the digital optics cable from the soundbar and the TV port. 

Connected with HDMI and ARC: If you have connected your TV using an HDMI cable, disconnect the soundbar from the TV’s HDMI port. 

How to disconnect the soundbar from sony tv?

If you want to disconnect your soundbar from your Sony Tv, you will first have to determine how the soundbox is connected to the TV. 

Port method: For instance, if it’s connected using an HDMI cable, taking the same out will disconnect your soundbar. If you have used a digital optical cable, then take the digital optical out port from your TV and the Optical In Port from your soundbar. The same method also applies to analog wires. 

Wireless Bluetooth: If you have connected your soundbar using Bluetooth settings in your Sony Tv, navigate the control panel and disconnect the Bluetooth. This should turn off your soundbar. 

Few Common Issues that Most Soundbars Face

While these are some ways you can disconnect your soundbar from your TV, your soundbar troubles might not end there. There are some common issues that most soundbars face, and we have listed down how to troubleshoot these. 

Soundbar goes to sleep mode:

If you have been a victim of this situation, you might want to check the soundbar’s sleep mode, which might be active. All you need to do is simply turn off the sleep timer to restore your premium media experience. 

Subwoofer lacking audio:

Some soundbars have different subwoofers. If you are not receiving any sound from the subwoofer, first check if it’s powered. If not, reconnect the power cord firmly. Also, connect the cable to a working power outlet. If it’s still not functioning, check for damage on the cable. 

Soundbar not powering up:

Many face this common issue, which can happen if your audio bar is not getting sufficient power or its internal power is not working. Firstly, check if the power socket is turned on. Next, turn on the speaker using the onboard power button on your remote. 

However, if this power socket fails, try another. Also, check for any signs of damage on the power cord. Finally, if you are using an extension box, connect the cable directly to the wall socket. 

Soundbar sounds similar to the TV sound:

This is a common issue with even the most high-quality soundbars. However, it’s not the issue with the soundbars; in all probability, the soundbars are still not connected, and it’s the TV sound that’s still operative. 

This problem is common for those using a set-top box. In this case, you will require a direct connection. 

You will have to connect your set-top box directly to the soundbar. If it’s an old model, you can use an RCA cable to connect it with your soundbar. After this, check the set-top box’s audio setting to ensure that the sound is routed through the soundbar. 

Sound and pictures not in sync:

Once your set-top box/ TV box is connected to your soundbar, the sound might get ahead of your tv images. Thankfully, modern boxes have a feature to resolve this problem. You can find the setting, called the Audio Delay, or something similar to fix this in your audio settings menu. 

Increase the audio notch by notch till you are happy with the video and sound coordination. 

Soundbar lacking sound:

Of all the issues listed here, this is the most challenging problem to solve. For starters, if your soundbar has multiple input plugs, ensure your soundbar is set to the correct input. Next, if your soundbar is set in the proper source, check your TV and set-top box settings and ensure it’s compatible with your soundbar. 

This is important as not all soundbars can’t process different types of audio. For instance, if you have a Blu-ray player that produces DTS:X format, and your soundbar doesn’t support it, you might hear no sound at all. 

Bonus: Try the PCM mode. 

Indeed soundbars enhance your TV watching experience and are a good-to-have gadget. However, if you face any issues with your soundbar or have to disconnect it, this article should help you.

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Yo, I'm Sreekanth Devireddy, a technologist, designer and a passionate writer. Previously worked under tech giants as a Head Of Product Reviews. I love to review products and write buyers guide, that helps people to make the right decision at the right time.

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