Sony Soundbar Not Working With LG TV? [Quick Fix Guide]

If you’re having trouble connecting your Sony soundbar to your LG TV, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people who have tried to boost their TV speakers to improve TV sound quality have reported this issue, and there are a few potential reasons why it might be happening.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common causes of the problem. Read on to learn more.

Why won’t my Sony soundbar work with my LG TV? – Possible Reasons

As stated by Sony and LG in the user manuals, both brands have different models and are not compatible with one another. Many users have attempted to connect their Sony Soundbars to an LG TV, with no success. The connection usually works, but the Sony television will continue to choose its own speaker system over the LG Soundbar, leaving the user frustrated and with a useless soundbar. There are several possible explanations for this problem.

One reason may be that Sony and LG use different sound formats, meaning that the soundbar will not be able to translate the audio correctly. Another possibility is that the wiring between the two devices is incompatible, preventing the sound from being transmitted accurately. In either case, it seems that there is no clear solution to this problem, and users are simply out of luck if they own a Sony soundbar and LG TV.

Unfortunately, this issue is not likely to be resolved until Sony and LG decide to work together on a compatible product. So, if you are in the market for a soundbar and you have an LG TV, it may be best to steer clear of Sony and look for a different brand.

However, listed below are other reasons why your Sony soundbar or other sound bars isn’t working with LG TV, and how to fix them. Who knows, you may be in luck!

Reason 1 – Incompatibility

“Why is my Sony soundbar not working with LG TV?”, you may have asked. One of the most common reasons is that your soundbar and TV ports are incompatible. Most soundbars have connections for optical cables, HDMI cables, and sometimes AUX cables. However, not all LG TVs have these same connection ports. If your TV doesn’t have the same port as your soundbar, it will not be able to connect.

Another potential issue could be that your soundbar isn’t HDMI arc-compatible. HDMI arc feature (Audio Return Channel) allows audio and video signals to be sent through a single HDMI cable from the TV to the soundbar. If your soundbar doesn’t support HDMI arc, you’ll need to use a separate optical cable to send the audio signal from the TV to the soundbar.

Reason 2 – Incorrect input settings

Another reason your Sony soundbar isn’t working with your LG TV could be that the input settings on the TV and the soundbar are not the same things. If they are set differently, they will not work together. Additionally, if you have an older model LG TV, it might not be compatible with some newer soundbars. Make sure to check the specifications of both devices before making a purchase. Ensure that your soundbar is properly plugged into both the power outlet and the TV. If it is not plugged incorrectly, it will t work.

Reason 3 – Audio output not enabled

Sometimes a soundbar may not work with an LG TV because the audio output on the TV has not been enabled. This setting is often overlooked, so it’s worth checking to make sure that it is turned on. To do this, go to the Settings menu on your LG TV and select Sound > Audio Output. Make sure that Digital Audio Out (HDMI) is set to On.

Another possible reason why a soundbar may not be working with an LG TV is if the audio device itself is not enabled. To check this, go to the Device Manager on your computer and open up Sound, Video, and Game Controllers. Under Playback Devices, make sure that your soundbar is listed and that it has a green checkmark next to it. If it doesn’t, right-click on the soundbar and select Enable.

If you’ve checked both of these settings and are still having trouble getting your soundbar to work with your LG TV, there may be a problem with the audio connection. Make sure that all of the cables are connected properly and that the audio output on your TV is set to Digital Audio Out (HDMI).

Reason 4 – Not enough power

A lot of soundbars require a certain amount of power in order to work. Make sure that your soundbar is plugged into an outlet that has enough power, and try using a different power cord if necessary.

Another possible reason is that your LG TV may not be compatible with your soundbar. Check to see if your TV has an optical audio port and if the soundbar you’re using has optical audio out port. If they both do, then they should be compatible.

There may also be a problem with the wiring between your TV and the soundbar. Try reversing the plug connections at either end to see if that solves the problem. If it doesn’t, you may check for one more reason the problem persists below.

Reason 5 – Your soundbar’s firmware might be out of date

Check to see if there are any updates available for your soundbar and install them if there are

These are five of the most common reasons why a soundbar might not work with an LG TV. If you’re having trouble getting your soundbar to connect, be sure to check these things first, before getting a new one


While we’ve outlined some of the most common soundbar problems, there are many potential issues that could arise. If you’re experiencing any issues with your soundbar, be sure to check out our troubleshooting guide or contact your manufacturer for support. Their team is here to help you get the most out of your audio experience as their valued customer.

Have you had any problems with your soundbar? Let us know in the comments below.

Anita Jones