How to Hook Up an iLive Speaker Bar to a TV

By Shea Laverty

How you set up your iLive speaker bar depends primarily on what type of speaker bar system you have, and the types of inputs available on your TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Standard audio cables

How you connect your iLive speaker bar to your television depends primarily on the type of connections you're using. The connection is also dependent on whether your speaker bar has a built-in DVD player -- or is serving as a hub for another device like a DVD or Blu-ray player, set-top box or game console.


Each iLive speaker bar model varies slightly compared to others. Consult your owner's manual for detailed set-up instructions specific to your speaker bar.


Most iLive speaker systems come bundled with at least one composite audio or A/V cable.

Choose Cables

Before you can begin connecting your speaker bar, you need to know what kind of cables you're going to use. If your speaker bar has a built-in DVD player or is also doubling as an A/V hub and supports HDMI, then an HDMI cable is ideal as it transmits high-definition audio and video in a single cable.

If your speaker bar has a built-in DVD player or you're using your speaker bar as an A/V hub but don't have HDMI support on your speaker bar or TV, then composite with red, white and yellow connectors is your best choice.

If your speaker bar is being used for sound only, a set of composite audio cables with red and white connectors are likely your best choice. If your speaker bar and TV both support optical audio, this approach is also an option.

Connect Audio and Video Cables


For HDMI, connect the cable to the HDMI-Output port on your speaker bar and one of the HDMI-In ports on your TV.


Step 1

Connect the red and white connectors to the Audio-In, AUX-In or RCA Audio Input ports on your speaker bar and the Audio-Out port on your TV.

Step 2

Connect the yellow connectors to the Video-Out or Composite Video port on your speaker bar and the Video-In port on your TV.


Composite cables are color coded to their corresponding cable connectors.

Optical Audio

Connect the optical cable to the Optical In port on your speaker bar and the Optical Out or Optical Audio port on your TV.

After you've decided which cables you're using, set your speaker bar where you'd like, ideally directly below the television or as close to ear level as possible.

Pair Wireless Satellite Speakers

If your speaker bar features wireless satellite speakers, they should be already connected to the speaker bar wirelessly by default. However, if they lose their connection, they can be re-paired to the speaker bar by pressing and holding the Connect button on each speaker for one second, then pressing and holding the Connect button the speaker bar for one second. When the speakers are connecting, the green indicator light on the front of the speaker bar will rapidly blink, then turn solid when the connection is complete.

Connect External Sub-Woofer

If your speaker bar supports a separate sub-woofer, connect it using the RCA audio cable included with the speaker bar. Connect the cable to the SW Out port on the speaker bar to the audio inputs on the sub-woofer.