How to connect speakers to Vizio Smart TV


Many of us want to enhance the audio quality of our TVs, and one common way to do this is by connecting external speakers. If you have a Vizio Smart TV, you’re in luck. This versatile television system offers several methods for connecting speakers, catering to various audio systems. From simple wired connections to complex wireless setups, this guide will cover the diverse options available to you.

How to connect speakers to Vizio Smart TV via HDMI ARC

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) is a feature available on many modern TVs and sound systems. This technology enables the TV and the sound system to exchange information, including sound, through the HDMI cable. It’s a simplified setup requiring only one cable and providing superior audio quality.

To use HDMI ARC, you’ll first need to ensure that both your Vizio Smart TV and your speakers support it. If they do, follow these steps:

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port labeled ‘ARC’ on your TV.
  2. Connect the other end to the HDMI ARC port on your speaker system.
  3. Use your TV’s remote control to navigate to the settings menu.
  4. Select ‘Sound’ or ‘Audio’ settings.
  5. Set the sound output to ‘HDMI ARC.’
  6. You may need to adjust the settings on your speaker system as well.

How to connect speakers to Vizio Smart TV using Optical Audio

Optical audio, also known as digital optical, transmits digital audio signals from your TV to your speakers via an optical audio cable. Although this method offers high-quality sound, it doesn’t support some of the latest audio technologies, such as Dolby Atmos.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Locate the optical audio output on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Connect an optical audio cable from there to the corresponding input on your speakers.
  3. From your TV’s settings, navigate to ‘Sound’ or ‘Audio.’
  4. Change the audio output to ‘Digital Audio Out’ or ‘Optical.’

How to connect speakers to Vizio TV via RCA Cables

Older speaker systems might require an RCA connection. RCA cables have three connectors: red and white for audio and yellow for video. When connecting speakers, you typically only use red and white connectors.

Follow these steps:

  1. Find the RCA audio outputs on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Connect the red and white RCA cables to these outputs.
  3. Connect the other ends to the RCA inputs on your speakers.
  4. In your TV’s audio settings, set the output to ‘RCA’ or ‘Analog.’

How to connect speakers to Vizio Smart TV via Bluetooth

Many modern speakers support Bluetooth connections, offering a wireless solution. Here’s how to pair your speakers:

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speakers and set them to ‘Pairing Mode.’
  2. Go to the main menu on your Vizio Smart TV and select ‘Settings.’
  3. Select ‘Devices’, then ‘Bluetooth’.
  4. Your TV should search for available devices. Select your speakers from the list.
  5. Once connected, audio should automatically play through the speakers.

How to connect Speakers to Vizio Smart TV using a soundbar

Soundbars are a popular option for enhancing TV audio. Many soundbars connect via HDMI ARC or optical audio, but some also support Bluetooth.

To connect, follow the instructions provided above for the relevant connection type. If your soundbar comes with its own remote, you might need to use it to adjust settings.

Final Thoughts

Connecting speakers to your Vizio Smart TV can greatly enhance your audio experience. Whether you’re using HDMI ARC, optical audio, RCA, or Bluetooth, you have plenty of options to choose from. As a word of caution, always remember to double-check compatibility between your TV and speakers and refer to your device manuals for specific instructions.

Remember that audio settings can often be adjusted on both the TV and the speaker system for optimal sound quality. Experiment with these settings to find what sounds best for you. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the improved audio experience from your Vizio Smart TV!