Do sound bars work with receivers?

You can, but it's not recommended. Subwoofers and wireless speakers are better options than a receiver for active sound bars.

Using a receiver with a passive sound bar may be an option.

Only in exceptional circumstances should you hook up your sound bar to your home theater system's receiver. Active sound bars in particular benefit from this.

Inactive sound bars have built-in amplifiers and surround sound processors that separate the sound from the center channel.

Because the sound bar is powered by the TV's built-in amplifier, you won't need an external amplifier (like a receiver).

It's important to remember that active sound bars are meant to be a part of your home theater setup. Wireless speakers and/or a subwoofer should be used in conjunction with active sound bars.


Are passive sound bars compatible with receivers?

A passive sound bar can be connected to a receiver. Amplification is not required for passive sound bars; in fact, this is one of their primary features.

Because they don't include any amplifiers or other electronic components, they often produce better sound than an active sound bar.

There are some drawbacks to passive sound bars

Sound bars that do not have built-in amplifiers or signal processing capabilities are referred to as passive sound bars. Because of this, an external amplifier or receiver is required to power it.

Both an AV receiver and a sound bar serve essentially the same purpose. To put it another way, connecting one to the other has no immediate benefit.

There are, however, a few ways in which this can be accomplished if you are determined. Take note that the sound may not be crystal clear and may sound a little erratic.

You can use an AV (Audio-Video) receiver to connect your sound bar.
As mentioned, a speaker amplifier is built into most AV receivers. When you connect your source device to an AV receiver, it uses an audio processor to decode signals such as DTS or Dolby digital.

What's the difference between an AV receiver and a sound bar?

A soundbar's enclosure contains all of the device's internal parts, including the drivers and amplifiers. An audio processor, an amplifier, and speakers are all housed in a single package.

In contrast, the AV receiver includes the processor and amplifier, but no speakers.

Many people believe that a sound bar is an additional speaker, which is not the case. Contrary to popular belief, this is not true.

One option is to use your soundbar as a center channel, and then add two speakers to the left and right of the soundbar to complete the front soundstage.

This is going to present some challenges. In the first place, your soundbar's output is going to be different than that of your left- and right-channel speakers.

There's also the possibility that your soundbar isn't from the same manufacturer as your speakers.

Immediately upon sound hitting between your left and right speakers, you'll hear a distinct difference in sound quality.

Make sure you've got the right receiver, which can be a difficult task to accomplish.


Connecting a sound bar with an active receiver isn't easy. 

Let's focus on how to connect a sound bar to an AV receiver specifically. A pre-out AV receiver is required.

This is essentially the unamplified audio signal that comes out of your receiver. There are three channels to take note of in the image below:

You'll also require a line-level cable, such as an RCA (red and white) or 3.5mm aux. Connect the aux to your sound bar. Plug the white cable into the pre-out in the center.

Simple as that. It's important to keep in mind that the sound bar's output will sound different from the rest of your speakers.

AVR settings may also need to be adjusted. Change the amplifier settings so that power is sent to your pre-outs instead of the mains.


 

How to connect a sound bar to a receiver What are your options if you don't want to go that route?

Considering that a sound bar and a receiver are clearly incompatible, what other options are there for getting high-quality audio?

So, the choice is between an active sound bar with built-in speakers and/or a subwoofer and an AV receiver with built-in speakers that sound great.

The best sound comes from speakers and a receiver working together in harmony. It's possible to get excellent surround sound and Atmos with this combination of components.

When it comes to TV speakers, an average-priced sound bar can only do so little to improve them (if the TV you have is a decent flat screen).

Sound bars are designed to replicate the sound of a home theater. However, if you want a high-quality sound bar, you'll have to pay for it.

The number of inputs on sound bars is typically lower than on AV receivers.


AVRs with speakers have some drawbacks
AV receivers are superior to sound bars in terms of sound quality, but there are some drawbacks to using an AV receiver over a sound bar.

You must buy all five speakers in order to get the most output and value for your money (at least).

As a result, you'll hear everything in stereo. As a bonus, you'll also have to do a lot of wiring if you aren't an electronics expert, which isn't ideal.

You can quickly and easily install a sound bar in your home. It's also a great way to declutter your home.
There are many advantages to owning an AV receiver.

When you have speakers all around you that are playing sound in all directions, nothing compares.

An AV receiver (AVR) and five-speaker speakers are what I'd recommend.

Your home theater system's engine is the AV receiver.

When using an AV receiver, you can easily switch between your gaming system, a cable, and a phone or other device.

With an AV receiver, you can hear the same sound you would hear in a movie theater. Receivers are unmatched in their ability to amplify sound (For the home at least).

With an AV receiver, you can use it in any room or living area. It doesn't matter how big or small the room is; the sound is powerful.

Large living rooms and rooms, on the other hand, make sound bars less effective.

However, if you live in a small apartment, having five speakers and a receiver can take up a lot of space.

The walls could shake if you turn up the volume too high, which could bother the next-door neighbors (And you could get evicted).

A Receiver's numerous inputs give you a great deal of leeway when it comes to configuring your system.

What does it all mean?

A sound bar can't really take the place of a receiver. However, a number of factors will influence your decision on whether or not to use a sound bar with a receiver.

Connecting an active subwoofer to a receiver is useless because the sound quality will be erratic and poor.

The price is also an important factor to take into account. Sound bars can be expensive, but a good five or more speaker system will cost you more than a sound bar on average.

Because of this, it's critical to think through all of your options before choosing between a sound bar and a receiver/speaker system.

When it comes to sound quality, if you have the money and space, a receiver and speaker package is the only option.

When space is at a premium, such as in an apartment, a sound bar may be the best option for your needs.
 

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