Just like many other Smart TV, Roku TV, too, no matter what the price range is, you won’t get a good sounding set of speakers. Now we can’t put the Roku TV at fault as they make the design sleeker and thinner. Due to the thinner design, it takes away space available for speakers. Now the sound quality is one of the key features that makes or breaks the quality of a streaming session. People have now taken the matter into their own hands and have started adding soundbars. For example, Vizio is a very good bang for the buck option for people looking for a quality soundbar at a reasonable price. Now that you have got it, how are you gonna use it? In this article, we are going to show you exactly How to connect the Vizio soundbar to the Roku TV.

How to connect Vizio soundbar to Roku tv

How to Connect Vizio Soundbar to Roku TV Various Methods

The following are the various methods you can use to connect Vizio Soundbar to Roku TV.

Connecting the Soundbar using an HDMI Cable

The first method will be to simply use an HDMI cable, as this is one of the best ways to transfer any data. Nowadays, all the Smart TV like Roku comes with in-built HDMI support. Even the soundbar comes with support for HDMI. All you need is an HDMI to HDMI cable and our instructions. Usually, you will find one with either your Roku TV or your soundbar, but if you don’t, they will most likely have to buy one. Before we dive into this article, we’ll discuss a key aspect that the user might get confused about. It is called ARC and CEC.

ARC (Audio Return Channel) and CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)

Both of these are features regarding audio in HDMI. These features combined help maintain two-way communication between the TV and an external device (here, the Vizio Soundbar). When you connect ARC over HDMI to connect your TV to your Roku device with the help of CEC volume control, the soundbar will take over. This also helps take full advantage of Dolby atmos too, making the audio quality quite breathtaking.

Now that we have cleared the topic of ARC and CEC, we can indulge in setting up the soundbar via HDMI. If you follow the steps below, you will be able to connect your Vizio soundbar to Roku TV with no hiccups.

[1] Connect your Vizio Soundbar and Roku TV via HDMI cable. Then, power on both your Vizio soundbar and Roku TV.

[2] Next, head to settings in the home side menu.

How to connect Vizio soundbar to Roku tv using an HDMI cable

[3] Now, choose Audio > Audio mode. After doing so, select Auto(DTS).

Connecting the soundbar using an HDMI cable

[4] Now you just have to head back to the Audio Menu and head to HDMI. Next, set it to Auto-detect.

Connecting the soundbar using an HDMI cable

[5] Once completing that, go back to the Audio menu one last time and select ARC. Next, set it to Auto-detect.

[6] Now all that’s left is to go to System in the Settings. And go to the CEC option. In it, you will find ARC(HDMI); press OK on that to make it checked.

And by doing so, you will be able to connect your Vizio soundbar to your TV via ARC over HDMI.

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Using Optical Fibre Cable

As we have said, most Roku TV does possess HDMI, but the problem arises when the soundbar doesn’t have one. Luckily Most Roku TVs do possess an optical out port too. Compared to other audio signal transmissions, it produces a stable and better sound or video quality. Now, most Roku TVs come with an AV adapter that you will have to plug into the respective port on your TV and the other RCA part into your soundbar.

How to connect Vizio soundbar to Roku tv using optical fiber

Once you are done plugging the optical cable on both the sides of your Roku TV and soundbar, you will have to just go through the settings to enable it. Also, we have explained the process in the following simple steps.

[1] The first is to just connect the Roku TV to your soundbar using optical fiber cable and turn them both on.

[2] The next step will be to go to the settings in your home side menu. And select Control other Device.

 Using optical fiber

[3] Now, you just have to choose the input connection Optical but if it’s not visible, select TOSLINK” or SPDIF.

[4] Then, go to the system audio and enable the choice of connection you at. Do that and return to the home menu, and you are done.

By doing you have activated your Vizio soundbar using an optical fiber cable.

Connecting Vizio Soundbar to Roku TV using a Bluetooth Reciever

For all the minimalistic enthusiasts and cable management freaks, we have a way to connect your Vizio without any cable clutter. Even though you cannot do it directly via Bluetooth, with a small help third-party Bluetooth receiver, we just might do that. While with both the above-mentioned process, you will get the necessary cable. Also, you might have to buy a third-party Bluetooth receiver for this process like the one shown below.

Connecting Vizio soundbar to Roku tv using a Bluetooth Receiver.

Follow the steps mentioned to connect via Bluetooth.

[1] The first step is to just confirm the Bluetooth receiver you are using has power or not if it’s a battery-powered one. If not, then check whether the receiver is connected to its power cord or not.

[2] Now connect it to your Roku TV using either AUX or RCA. Just make sure while doing so that the cable is connected to the Audio otherwise, the device won’t register itself.

[3] Now just turn on the Bluetooth on your Vizio soundbar and connect it to the Bluetooth receiver.

[4] Now all that’s left for you to do is go to your audio settings like previous steps and in Audio output, select Bluetooth, and you are done.

Vizio Soundbar on Roku TV via Roku Mobile App

Now we did not make this a separate method because you will need your phone every time you want to use your speakers. Not quite seamless, isn’t it. But still, if you just want to use your speaker for occasional purposes, then you just might find it helpful.

[1] First, download the Roku app from the Google Play Store or App Store. After that just add your Roku TV to your app, which it will search for automatically.

[2] Below your Roku device, select the Remote tab. After connecting the Vizio soundbar to the Bluetooth adapter, tap on the Headphone icon.

Vizio soundbar on Roku tv via Roku mobile app

[3] Now, select your Vizio soundbar which will be listed in the list of available devices.

After doing these steps, just play anything, and your soundbar will function as your audio support.

Connecting Vizio Soundbar to Roku using Shared Wi-Fi Connection

Now we did help you get connected via Bluetooth for your cable-free setup, but we can do something better. Using shared Wi-Fi helps you past having to get any receiver. Luckily Vizio is compatible with wifi.

The first thing that is a must is connecting both your Roku TV and your Vizio soundbar to the same Wi-Fi network. Put your Vizio Soundbar into WIFI configuration mode first. By tapping the Menu button on your Vizio remote, you may achieve this. By tapping the arrows after hitting the Menu button, you may locate the WiFi setup. You must use the play/pause button to choose something.

Connecting Vizio soundbar to Roku using shared Wi-Fi connection

[1] In your Roku TV, go to the settings and find Control Other Devices and add the soundbar so that the TV recognizes it.

[2] If not, you will find that in the System Audio Control.

And you are pretty much connected via Wi-Fi sharing.

Now with all the above-mentioned steps connecting your Vizio Soundbar to your Roku TV will most likely not be a hassle.

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1. Can a Vizio soundbar work with a Roku TV?

Vizio soundbars are compatible with all TV makes and models. All they require is just support for audio connection.

2. Why isn’t my soundbar connecting to my Roku TV?

Try disconnecting and reconnecting your HDMI cable, and it might work in most cases.