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Sound bar with TV without audio out

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Kb4, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Kb4

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    Just bought a sound bar only to discover that my TV has no audio out. It only has components, audio in, HDMI in, and a USB. Is there any way I can connect the sound bar to any of those ports?
     
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    Can you provide the model of the TV and/or pictures of the connectors?
     
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    LG 32LH500B
     
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    What model sound bar?

    Any reason you can't connect via HDMI??
     
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    Both of them are “HDMI in”. I assume that means it can only read in from another source. Would that be a correct assumption?
     
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    Neither shows the word "ARC" on them? If not, you may be out of luck.
     
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    Sorry, but there is no way to connect a soundbar to this TV.
     
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    Thanks for confirming
     
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    I can't believe LG is making (or made in this case) tvs without optical output. That's embarrassing.
     
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    At the time this TV was manufactured, there were quite a few entry-level TVs in this size range that did not have audio out, including Samsung.
     
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    This tv is from 2016. The low end Samsung that year (the 5 series) had a digital output.
     
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    If I am understanding this correctly, this HDMI switch from Monoprice will pull the audio out of HDMI sources. Maybe this could be used to drive your soundbar assuming you are using HDMI for input? It is only $45 and could be returned if it doesn't work.

    -Keith
     
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    If I remember correctly, Samsung had a 4000 series at that time in 32" and smaller that did not have any audio output. We used to sell a lot of those TVs to the senior community across the street, and then a few moths later they would come in looking to add a soundbar or wireless headphones, and found that they could not be added.
     
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    That would only work if the OP wasn't using the OTA tuner built-in to the TV or was using a cable box or blu-ray player. But in that case, a soundbar would be feasible for those devices, since most have at least a digital output of some kind.
     
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    4 Series was the previous year's model and it did have a 3.5mm line out.
     

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