Soundbars are a great way to enjoy your favorite TV show without having to invest in new speakers. They’re easy to set up and don’t require any wires or complicated installation, but what if you want to use another speaker system with it?
Can you use a soundbar with other speakers? You can use a soundbar with other speakers. However, there are also some things that need your consideration before doing so.
Firstly, it is important for you to know if the type of soundbar that you have supports this function or not. Secondly, how many speakers do you want? Do they all need to be wireless? Make sure these considerations are taken care of before moving on to attach any additional speakers to your soundbar.
If the goal is to replicate the same surround sound experience as 5.1 or 7.1 surround systems, then two or more front speaker channels should be added – either by using additional soundbars or traditional floor-standing speakers placed side by side (left/right).
3 Things to Check While Attaching Speaker with a Soundbar
As I already pointed that you can connect other speakers with the soundbar. However, you should be aware of some important things.
Use Supported Speakers
The very first thing you need to take care of is to connect supported speaker.
Some types of speakers/soundbars are incompatible with certain models and won’t work if they’re connected in some way.
So the first thing you need to do is make sure your new purchase supports whatever type of speaker setup you currently have or want for future use- otherwise, it will be rendered useless!
Same Output Ports
The speakers are made up of three components. A receiver, transmitter, and the external speaker itself.
Therefore to connect your soundbar with another speaker – you need to ensure that your soundbar and the additional speakers should have a matching connection port type on them. However, most of the soundbars are input devices – meaning you cannot connect other devices with them.
Therefore, it is crucial to get soundbars that support the connection of other speakers.
All these methods are experiential. Therefore, you will not get the desired results at once. This is why you need to play around with several configurations. Another idea to balance the sound would be to disable your Dolby Atmos settings.
How To Connect a Soundbar with External Speakers (Easiest Method)
Once you get your hands on a compatible audio kit or an Insignia Universal Rear Speaker Kit then follow the following steps to get the job done.
Step 1: Take the digital optical cable and connect it to the TV or your computer screen (input)
Step 2: Take the other digital optical cable and connect it to the soundbar (output).
The only downside to this method is that you will have to adjust the settings before you get to hear your desired sound. And the speakers will lose connection at some point – so you will have to recalibrate the settings to make it run again.
Method 2:) Use an Optical Cable Splitter To Connect Soundbar with Speaker
Another way of connecting your soundbar to an extra pair of speakers is to use an optical cable splitter. However, the problem with this solution is that the sound of both devices will not fit well together. The additional speakers will not calibrate properly with the soundbar. You will hear a loud sound, but it will not be clear.
Why You Should Not Connect a Soundbar to External Speakers?
You might be tempted to join the two devices but here are a few reasons why you should NOT connect a soundbar to another pair of speakers. Instead, use a different sound system or settle for the soundbar itself.
1. You Can Mess Up the Sound Configuration
You cannot connect the unsupported devices by just plugging in a wire. The process is fiddly and technical which will render different results.
In the process of joining the two devices – you can mess up the sound configuration.
Therefore, you should not jump without proper research as you will end up ruining both the devices with an unbalanced sound design. It is better to use a soundbar that supports the addition of another speaker.
2. Sound Quality
If you are able to connect the two devices or convert your soundbar into a 5.1 surround sound system – the sound quality will not be worth the struggle.
The sound will not be as effective as a professional surround sound system that covers all areas.
In comparison to it, the soundbar will sound muddy with exaggerated highs and Mids. On top of this, the extra speakers will not be synced properly with the soundbar – creating incoherent sound.
You will be able to render better results by getting a surround sound system installed, getting another type of speaker with better sound, or just settle for your current soundbar.
3. Confusing Steps
The process of connecting your soundbar to other speakers is long and will create a lot of wire clutter that you will not be able to understand if you take one wrong step. On top of this, you will need a lot of time to optimize the sound level after connecting both devices. And there is no guarantee that you will achieve a desirable result.
4. Connection Problem
Another con of using other speakers with a soundbar is that your audio connection will break at several points. And to restore it, you will have to tune the settings again. All this will take away from your experience.
You can connect other speakers with your soundbar but there are some technical aspects that you will have to look at.
First, some soundbars do not support the addition of external speakers. You will have to find soundbars that support the addition of another speaker or a surround sound system.
Moving on, you should always get speakers that support the connection to make the process easier.
There are several ways to join the two forces but using an insignia universal speaker kit will be a piece of cake as there are only two cables that you need to attach.