How to Connect a Vizio Soundbar to a Subwoofer

by Steve Lander ; Updated August 23, 2017

While Vizio sound bars can't replace a full-fledged home theater system, they typically offer significantly better sound than the speakers built into the TV set. To get even better sound, you can add an external powered subwoofer to your Vizio sound bar with a simple composite audio cable, bringing deeper and richer bass tones to your listening experience.

Connect the phono plug on one end of the composite audio cable to the yellow-colored phono jack marked "Sub Out" on the back of your Vizio sound bar.

Unplug the subwoofer from the wall.

Connect the other end of the audio cable to the audio input on the subwoofer's back panel. It could be labeled "Line-level audio," "Audio in," "Receiver in," "Sub in" or something similar.

Turn the subwoofer's volume control all of the way down, and then plug it back into the wall.

Press the power button on your sound bar and on your television set and begin watching it at a normal volume level.

Turn your subwoofer's volume control up gradually until its output blends with the sound from the sound bar. Experiment until you find the right level.

Tip

  • Position the subwoofer near the sound bar to maintain the illusion that the bass is coming from the speakers.

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Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.

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