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Rod, TV & Communications Sys Repair
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Experience:  FCC Commercial License, Previous owner of Electronics Repair shop, 40+ years in electronic systems.
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How to connect sound bar to TV while watching Blu Ray?

Customer Question

I have a 40" Viore TV/Blu Ray combo. I bought a Vizio soundbar with no HDMI outputs. I have the soundbar connected to my cable box with red/white cables and I get good sound when I'm watching TV.

How do I connect my sound bar to the TV so the soundbar will work when I'm watching a Blu Ray?

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: TV
Expert:  Rod replied 5 years ago.

What is the model number of the Sound Bar and the model number of your TV?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Vizio VSB200 soundbar
Expert:  Rod replied 5 years ago.

Your sound bar has a digital optical input and the TV has a digital optical output on the back to connect to the sound bar. The digital optical output is only when using the Blu Ray player.

You will need a digital optical cable to connect the TV to the sound bar. These can be purchased locally at Best Buy, Radio Shack, or similar stores.

The connection of the optical output is to the left of the coax connector.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I see the optical port on my television but I do not see one on the sound bar. All I see is a S/PDIF, sub out and two sets of red/wht inputs.

Expert:  Rod replied 5 years ago.

On the Sound bar, it is item number two - that is the SPDIF connector: