How to Connect a Speaker Bar: 12 Steps - MakeSureHow
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With a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, webcam and other peripherals, computer components can take up a lot of desk space -- before you even consider where you need to place the speakers. However, speakers are a must if you want to enjoy all the features your computer and the Web offer. One way to clear up some space on your desk is to use a speaker bar instead of a multi-piece system. Computer speaker bars, or sound bars as many call them, attach to your LCD or LED flat-panel monitor and allow you to listen to audio on your system without all the clutter of normal speakers. Additionally, speaker bars designed for use with home TV can also help avoid the complexity and clutter of a full-fledged surround-sound speaker system in your living or listening room.


  1. 1
    Computer Speaker Bar: Turn off the computer and disconnect the video cable for the monitor. Disconnect the AC power adapter from the LCD or LED monitor.
  2. 2
    Find a large table or other flat surface on which to work. Spread out the towel on top of the table or work surface, and then lay the monitor face down on it.
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    Locate the tabs on the bottom of the monitor and the top surface of the speaker bar. Align the tabs on top of the speaker bar with those on the bottom of the monitor according to the schematic or label on top of the speaker bar. After you align the tabs, insert the speaker bar tabs into those on the bottom of the monitor and then slide the speaker bar enclosure to the right until the tabs snap into place.
  4. 4
    Return the monitor back to its original location and reconnect it to the computer. Plug the AC power adapter cord back into the monitor.
  5. 5
    Connect the AC power adapter to the monitor speaker bar, then plug it into an available electrical outlet or power strip.
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    Plug the 3.5mm audio connector on the speaker cable from the speaker bar to the “Audio Out” or “Speaker Out” port on back of the desktop computer. If using the speaker bar with a monitor connected to a laptop, plug the audio cable connector into the headphone jack. Whether you are connecting to a desktop or laptop computer, the appropriate port for the audio cable connector should have a thin green ring around it.
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    Turn on your monitor first, then turn on the computer and speaker bar. Use the speaker bar to listen to audio on your computer as you normally would. Adjust the sound level by adjusting the volume on the speaker bar with the controls on the front or side of the unit.
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    TV Speaker Bars: Turn off the television. If you use an amplifier or receiver to output sound from your TV, turn it off as well.
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    Place the speaker bar on top of the television or another flat surface close to the TV.
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    Locate the "Center," "Front" and "Rear" speaker ports on the rear of your home theater receiver or TV.
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    Connect speaker wires to the terminals on the rear of the speaker bar labeled "Center," "Front" and "Rear." Connect the other ends of the wires to the corresponding terminals on the rear of the TV, receiver or amplifier. When connecting the speaker wires, ensure that you match polarity and connect wires from the positive "+" terminals on the speaker to the positive terminals on the rear of the TV, amplifier or receiver. Do the same with speaker wires running from the negative "-" terminals on the rear of the speaker bar.
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    Turn on the TV and amplifier or receiver. Use the speaker bar to output sound from the TV as you normally would with other standard stereo speakers connected to it or your amplifier.


  • To help ensure that you match polarity when connecting a TV speaker bar to an amplifier, receiver or television, use the wire with the thin-colored strip down it for connecting the positive terminals and the solid-colored wire for connecting the negative terminals.

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