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How to Connect Samsung Wireless Subwoofer without Soundbar?

Updated On December 1, 2022

If you have a Samsung Smart TV and want to connect a wireless subwoofer to it but don’t have a soundbar, this guide will show you how to do that.

You don’t necessarily need a soundbar to connect a subwoofer.

There are three methods you can try: using an A/V receiver, a Bluetooth receiver, or a Bluetooth amplifier. However, if you experience any sound-related issues, such as not being able to control the volume properly, it would be better to use a soundbar.

Using a Subwoofer

If your smart TV lacks a strong base due to low-frequency sounds, a subwoofer can be a good way to improve sound quality.

There are different ways to connect one if it’s a wired subwoofer. This article is about connecting a wireless one.

Connecting a Wireless Subwoofer

Samsung has designed its smart TVs to use a wireless subwoofer only if you also have a soundbar.

If you try to connect a subwoofer without a soundbar, you may have difficulty getting sound from the TV. Even if you manage that, you may experience other issues, such as the connection not tracking the TV volume or the subwoofer not adjusting to it.

Unfortunately, a subwoofer is not designed to connect directly to a TV.

Using a Soundbar

If you need to use a soundbar, it doesn’t have to be made by the same company as the TV.

Ideally, use a soundbar that supports HDMI ARC because it will make it easier to switch it on/off and control the volume. The remote control will more likely work well with the soundbar when the TV sends sound-related commands via HDMI ARC. Also, you are less likely to suffer from audio delays and other issues related to controlling sound.

Alternatively, you can go for a soundbar with optical input. Although the audio quality will be similar, you might find it unable it relay certain commands.

Methods to Try

Here are two methods to connect your wireless subwoofer without a soundbar.

Using an A/V Receiver

For this, you will need an A/V receiver that supports wireless connections and an access point.

A/V receiver

Connect the stereo cable to the wireless transmitter. The other end must be connected to the TV’s AUDIO OUT jack.

Once the wireless transmitter and TV are connected, you can connect your headphones to the subwoofer. If the USB port interferes with the signal, place the USB device closer to the TV.

Using a Bluetooth Receiver

For this method to work, the subwoofer and receiver must support Bluetooth connections.

bluetooth receiver

Here are the steps:

  1. In Setup Menu > Audio Output, select ‘Bluetooth’ for audio output.
  2. Attach the receiver to the TV via the HDMI port.
  3. Add the subwoofer to the receiver.
  4. Connect the receiver and subwoofer through the subwoofer’s antenna.
  5. The receiver should identify the subwoofer’s name and location.

Using a Bluetooth Amplifier

As long as the line-level subwoofer has a separate Bluetooth board, then its output should be connected to the amplifier’s input. If there is a single board, then you may need to refer to the schematic to locate the right place to connect the input.


If, after trying both of the suggested methods above, you experience any sound-related issues, it may be better to buy a soundbar and use the subwoofer with that, as is mostly recommended.

Wrapping Up

We showed a few different methods whereby you can connect a wireless subwoofer to your Samsung TV without using a soundbar. However, you may experience some issues, in which case it would be better to use a soundbar.

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Angela Otero

Angela Otera is a spy camera professional that has been in the industry as a advisor for security and camera installations all around the Los Angeles Area. Over the years she has developed a unique technical expertise in the sector that allows he to write and give suggestions on services and security related issues. She enjoys hiking and spends her free time with her 2 children.