Vizio HDMI ARC soundbar not working? Here’s how to fix it


A Vizio soundbar can connect to your TV in several ways, but the easiest and most reliable is usually to use the HDMI cable. In addition, it allows the soundbar to be controlled via the TV remote.

Although not very common, many users have reported that HDMI ARC is not working on their Vizio soundbar.

This can be a very frustrating issue, as it means you’ll either have to use your Smart TV’s terrible speakers or connect the soundbar via an optical cable. In both cases, the sound quality would be significantly worse.

In this article, we will show you how to fix this problem in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Check the HDMI cable and connection

The first step is to check that your soundbar is properly connected to the TV. Make sure the hdmi cable is firmly connected to the soundbar and the TV.

You need to make sure the HDMI cable is plugged into the port marked “HDMI ARC” on your Smart TV. If your TV does not have this port, you will not be able to use the ARC function.

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Also check if the HDMI cable is not damaged. If there are signs of wear, it is best to replace the cable.

Step 2: Update firmware

You should also check that your Vizio soundbar has the latest firmware installed. Firmware updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements.

Also make sure that your Smart TV also has the latest firmware installed.

Step 3: Change your TV audio output

If you’re setting up the soundbar for the first time, chances are your TV’s audio output is set to internal speakers.

You need to turn off your TV’s internal speakers, then set the TV’s audio output to HDMI. Likewise, you’ll need to change the soundbar’s input to HDMI. using the remote control.

Step 4: Restart the soundbar

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If the problem persists, the next step is to restart the soundbar. To do this, turn off and unplug the soundbar from the power outlet.

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Press any button on the soundbar for a few seconds to discharge any residual power. After 30 seconds, plug the soundbar back into the power outlet and turn it on.

Step 5: Perform a factory reset

If you have tried all the steps above and the problem still persists, the next step is to factory reset the Vizio soundbar.

This will erase all of your custom settings and restore the soundbar to its default state.


Hopefully one of the steps above will fix the problem and you will be able to connect your Vizio soundbar to a smart TV with HDMI ARC.

If not, it would be best to contact Vizio Customer Support for further assistance or compromise and try connecting the soundbar using an optical cable.

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