Common Soundbar Problems

Mixing a soundbar problem is a difficult task for beginners. Most sound panels have minimal controls and don’t display to tell you what’s wrong. Because of this, troubleshooting with sound panels is often a lot of trial and error. However, knowing what to try can first save you time.


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Most of the sound panel problems are due to incorrect connection, incorrect device settings, and poor physical location. Most rules are pretty simple, although it may take some time to fix some of them. First, try the simplest solutions and increase their complexity only if necessary.

Your soundbar or soundbar may not work properly for a variety of reasons. Below you’ll find many of the most common problems of users with sound panels. If you follow these troubleshooting instructions step by step, you can fix the bugs while saving as much time and money as possible.

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Before you try to complete any of these steps, you should always first try the food. Turning off the soundbar and re-enabling it after about 15 seconds is the easiest step in troubleshooting that can solve many problems.

When the soundbar doesn’t work at all, the soundbar doesn’t work

Without going too deep, the first category of problems covers cases where the system does not work.


The soundbar is not included.

Most power problems are fairly simple problems with equally simple solutions. The first thing you need to do is check whether the soundbar is really off. Typically, sound panels have an indicator of some sort indicating that they are included. Check with the guide to determine what it looks like on your device.

You may have to download the full guide on your manufacturer’s website. If the light is on fire, you’re more likely to have sound problems, no power issues.

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If your soundbar or soundbar doesn’t really turn on, be sure to use the power button on the sound panel instead of the remote control. If this works to turn on the sound panel, you may need to replace the battery in the remote or the remote itself.

If the soundbar still doesn’t get power, check all the connections. Your sound panel should be connected to both the device that sends sound to it and the power source. Check all sockets and ports to make sure they don’t have any debris and are securely connected, and make sure there are no clipped or damaged wires or cables in your installation.

If there is, try replacing them. You can get a spare power cable from the manufacturer even if your sound panel has no warranty (more on that below).


There is no sound in the soundbar, and is it possible to use the sound panel and TV speakers at the same time?

If your sound panel is on but doesn’t make a sound, check the volume settings. First, try the remote and try the volume controls on the soundbar itself if they work. Also, be sure to check the volume settings on the original device. Your soundbar volume should be set at maximum, and the sound panel should handle all volume adjustment.

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If you connect the sound panel to your source device with HDMI, you’ll be able to use a feature called HDMI CED. Among other features, it allows you to have a universal volume control on all connected devices and the ability to control it all with a single remote control.

If you still can’t hear the sound from your soundbar, check the connection. If connections look safe, try using alternative ports if you have them. This will eliminate the possibility of damage to one of your ports. If you’re wireless, make sure your device is paired.

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If your connections look safe, try another cable to connect the soundbar to your device. This will eliminate the possibility of a faulty cable. If all else fails, try connecting the sound source through another connection. If it doesn’t work, it can mean internal damage to your soundbar.


System performance problems (poor sound quality at soundbar)

The following category of common problems reflects a system that turns on and up but may have some performance issues.

There is no improvement, but the sound is like the TV

If you get sound, but it sounds like the sound of your TV, it probably is. Check the sound settings to make sure the source device directs the sound to the soundbar or soundbar. The easiest way to do this is to consult a guide to your source device and follow the installation instructions to connect external audio devices.

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This can lead to the same low sound quality or lack of sound. If so, follow the instructions to eliminate the lack of sound above. You may have trouble setting up volume or connections.


Sound “weird” or quiet in the soundbar

If you have taken the above steps to correct the sound and are inconclusive, perhaps your soundbar is in special sound mode. Some sound panels come with night mode or dialogue improvement mode that changes the sound for specific purposes.

Night mode is designed to reduce certain frequencies so as not to disturb people in neighbouring rooms. The better dialogue mode enhances high frequencies and is good for viewing news and other content.

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However, if you accidentally turn on any of these settings, it can make your content just weird in sound. This is especially true for films with powerful soundtracks. Talk to your guide on how to turn off these special sound modes in the soundbar.

If you still have any problems, it could mean that your source device transmits a type of sound that your soundbar can’t fully reproduce. This can be if your source device transmits a 5.x surround sound signal to a 2.x or 3.x sound panel.

In this case, the rear channels, which normally add up to the left and right channels, can fall out completely.


The sound and image are out of sync in the soundbar

This problem can occur when your source device is connected directly to the soundbar that transmits the video to the TV. Many TV boxes, skyboxes and disc players have a feature that prevents this. You can find “audio delay” in your soundbar’s audio settings menu. Adjust the sound latency until you’re happy with the synchronization.

Noise from the soundbar

The noise of “fuzzy” in sound can come from several different places. For this reason, we can divide the approach into two categories:

Checking all connections and sources

The most likely culprit for unwanted sound is cable. This is especially true of analogue. Check all the connections to make sure they are fully inserted and protected. If you think you have a good signal, you may encounter some interference. While it’s most likely your cable causing it, the effect can be amplified by incorrect volume settings.

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Ensure your source is set to the maximum volume, and you control the volume mainly with the sound panel. This helps because the low input volume can be overloaded with interference that your soundbar or soundbar will amplify along with the audio signal.


Positioning change (soundbar location)

Can you set the sound panel over the TV?

The simple position of a particular cable can create a loop that captures radios. One simple solution is to move or organize your cables. While it can be as simple as using rubber bands or ties, there are other accessories that you can use to organize cables.

If the connections you use are old, such as HDMI, you might want to consider updating your cables. Cheap cables can use bad shielding materials, allowing interference.

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Another possible cause of unwanted noise is the “buzz” or “drone network.” The guy sounds like a constant low buzz and is caused by close high voltage strokes. The most common sources are household wiring and fluorescent lighting. This is usually decided by moving the soundbar. If your sound panel is mounted on the wall, remove it from the mount and find a place on the wall where you won’t hear the hum, and reinstall the mount there.


Problems with the soundbar connection

These problems are because devices cannot connect or cannot stay connected.

Soundbar shuts down while playing.

If your soundbar is turned off several times while viewing content, this may be due to energy-saving settings. Because these settings can be useful for both the environment and your device’s durability, you can reinstall and save them if you can.

It can also cause this behaviour, poor volume calibration. Make sure your soundbar’s volume is set to the maximum. Because the energy-saving mode is sometimes caused by the absence of an audio signal (especially when analogue connections), maximum volume minimizes, if not eliminate, the problem. It would help if you always control the volume with the output device whenever possible.

If this doesn’t solve your problems, you can turn off the energy-saving mode. If this solves the problem, you probably won’t notice any difference.


No sound from the soundbar subwoofer

The inability to get sound from a soundbar subwoofer is particularly frustrating because subwoofers can add a lot to the soundbar. As always, check to see if the subwoofer is on in the soundbar. Sometimes the subwoofer can have its own power source that you need to connect. Check with your operations manual for these technical details.


If you still don’t get sound in the soundbar, check all the connections. Please make sure the wires are not damaged by changing them. If you’re using a wireless connection, contact the operations manual to ensure all the devices are connected correctly.


I can’t connect the soundbar without wires.

If you’re trying to connect to a soundbar via Bluetooth or WiFi, you may have problems pairing. The most common reason is the additional devices already paired. Talk to your guide and disconnect the sound panel from all devices. It’s usually as easy as disabling a Bluetooth connection and turning it on again.

If that doesn’t solve your problem, be sure to check out our article on how wireless sound panels work to understand the cause of the problem better.


Are there still problems with the soundbar?

If none of the above has helped you, it’s time to consider some alternatives.

Dumping the soundbar to factory settings

If all else fails, you can try resetting the settings in the soundbar. The process will vary from device to device, but it will restore your device to its factory settings.

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Contact your soundbar management guide for instructions on how to do this.

Return of soundbar / Exchange of sound panel under warranty

If you have a new soundbar that causes you problems that you can’t solve, then you must first determine whether it complies with your seller’s return or exchange rules. The easiest way to fix these constant problems is to replace the soundbar.

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If you’ve been able to buy a soundbar in a store, pack the soundbar and its components to the best of your ability and take it to support or manager to discuss the exchange. If you bought it online, try to talk to a support representative, pack well and send preferably with all the cables complete.

Return of the soundbar/exchange of soundbar is not guaranteed

Even if your soundbar is outside the return or exchange period, it’s worth trying to negotiate anyway. If you are denied, you can politely state your argument, but you understand that the person you are talking to may not have the authority to change company policy. If so, you should determine whether your device is on warranty

In this case, follow the soundbar warranty instructions attached to your soundbar. This is important to do before being sent to the repair shop, as this may lead to the warranty’s cancellation. You may be asked to return the sound panel to the manufacturer for repairs.

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If a warranty does not cover your soundbar according to your documentation, try contacting it anyway. Often manufacturers are more interested in keeping you as a loyal customer than saving a small amount of money on shipping and repairing. Besides, they may link you to other company departments or licensed repair shops engaged in non-guaranteed repairs, perhaps for a fee.

If you have moved to another department of the company from the warranty claims department, you will receive an estimate and pricing for the cost of delivery and labour, as well as the expected time of execution of the order. Understand that until they can study your sound panel, they won’t give you an accurate estimate of your working time or materials.


Selling soundbar parts

Ultimately, your specific priorities will determine which option you choose. If a repair specialist identifies the problem as unresolved or enough repair specialists can’t find the cause of the problem, you may want to consider selling the soundbar piecemeal.

Many repair companies and recycling companies will pay a small amount to get your sound pad to repair work parts and raw materials. It may be a bit, but it can help to buy something that works.

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