How to Hook a Sound Bar to a Magnavox TV

By Shea Laverty

All newer Magnavox TVs can connect to soundbars using a coaxial digital audio connection. Older TVs sometimes use composite analog instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital audio coaxial cable

How you connect your sound bar to your Magnavox TV depends on the connections available both on your TV and the sound bar itself. In most cases, you'll use either the digital audio or composite audio connectors on your TV. In cases where neither output type is available on both your TV and sound bar, using a cable or satellite set-top box as a go-between is a better choice.

Digital Audio Connection

Newer Magnavox televisions feature only a digital audio coaxial port for outputting audio to speakers or other sound devices at the time of publication. This connection requires a digital audio coaxial cable, which is often color-coded with an orange tip.

Step 1

Insert one end of the digital coaxial cable into the digital audio port on the TV.

Step 2

Insert the other end of the cable into the digital audio port on your sound bar.

Composite Audio

Some older Magnavox televisions may feature composite audio output, an older analog connection. These cables always have a pair of connectors, one red and one white, which are color-coded to ports on the TV and sound bar.

Step 1

Attach the connectors on one end of the cable to the color-coded ports on the TV marked Audio-Out.

Step 2

Attach the connectors on the other end of the cable to the color-coded ports on the sound bar marked Audio-In.

Using a Set-Top Box as a Media Hub

If the audio ports on your TV and sound bar don't match or you want to connect more than one device to the sound bar, a cable, satellite or streaming video set-top box may be a solid alternative. Depending on the number of available ports, your box can host most if not all of your media devices, while being more likely to have an audio output compatible with your sound bar. With all of your devices connected to the box instead of the TV, the sound bar handles all sound from your devices as well as your TV's speakers.

Step 1

For digital audio, connect one end of the digital audio cable to the digital audio port on your sound bar.

For composite, connect one set of red and white connectors to the color-coded Audio-In ports on your sound bar.

Step 2

For digital audio, connect the other end of the digital audio cable to the digital audio port on your set-top box.

For composite, connect the other set of red and white connectors to the color-coded Audio-Out ports on your set-top box.

Step 3

Connect the set-top box to one of your TV's video and audio inputs.

  • For HDMI, connect an HDMI cable from the box's HDMI-Out port to one of the TV's HDMI ports.
  • For composite, connect the yellow video connector to the yellow Video-Out port on your box and the yellow Video-In on your TV. If your box or TV has a green port instead of yellow, use that port instead.
  • For component, connect the blue, green and red video connectors to the Component-Out ports on your box and the Component-In ports on your TV.

Step 4

Connect any other devices you want to use to your set-top box's other available audio and video input ports.

Step 5

Switch your TV to the input channel for your set-top box using the Source or Input key on your remote. Any devices you have connected to the box should have video appearing on the TV and audio coming through your sound bar.