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How to Fix Soundbar Audio Delay – 5 Things To Check!

Experiencing audio delay between your Soundbar and TV can be a subtle yet disconcerting issue, disrupting the immersive experience of your home entertainment system. But fear not, as the solution is often within easy reach and simpler than it might seem.

To resolve the soundbar audio delay, update and reset both devices. Inspect and secure all cables before adjusting settings for seamless connection and link the source to the Soundbar, then the TV. This synchronizes audio-visuals, improving your viewing experience.

In this guide, we’ll explore five straightforward steps to synchronize your sound and visuals, enhancing your viewing experience. From checking cables and settings to adjusting your device setup, learn how to easily resolve audio lag and enjoy your media seamlessly.

Key Takeaways

  • Troubleshooting Audio Delay: Start by checking and securing all connections between your TV and soundbar. Update both devices’ software to ensure optimal performance.
  • Adjusting Settings for Sync: Experiment with your TV’s audio settings, especially the A/V sync feature, and adjust your soundbar’s ‘Audio Delay‘ or ‘Lip Sync‘ settings between 0 and 300 milliseconds for better synchronization.
  • Importance of Soundbars: Soundbars significantly enhance audio quality compared to TV speakers, offering a more immersive viewing experience with their sleek and efficient design.

Potential Fixes

Audio delay can stem from a variety of issues. Before we take a detailed look at some of the potential causes, here is a table with quick potential fixes for the soundbar’s sound delay.

Potential Causes of Audio DelayQuick Potential Fixes
TV Sync IssuesTest with TV speakers, Reset TV audio settings, Update TV software
Soundbar Latency
Restart the Soundbar, Adjust the Soundbar delay settings
Loose/Damaged CablesCheck and replace HDMI cables
Incorrect Settings AlignmentSet the TV to PCM, Disable the TV’s game mode, Adjust the TV’s A/V sync
Improper Component SetupTry connecting the source to the Soundbar, then the soundbar to TV
Potential Fixes

Note that we also have a detailed guide on fixing common soundbar issues, if you’re interested.

Troubleshooting Soundbar Audio Delay

Check Your Television

Check your TV connections

In order to determine if your TV is causing sync issues with your Soundbar, start by testing a known audio-accurate media source, like a Blu-ray or a frequently watched YouTube video. Disconnect or disable the sound bar and use your TV’s built-in speakers for this test.

If you notice an audio delay during the test, it suggests that the issue lies with your TV. Many TVs, such as Samsung models, offer an audio reset option in the settings menu. Using this feature can resolve audio delay issues. Additionally, ensure your TV’s software is up to date, as outdated firmware can also contribute to delay problems.

Check Your Soundbar

Check the Soundbar connections

Soundbars can have latency due to digital processing or the type of connection used. To troubleshoot, disconnect your Soundbar from the television and turn the device off. Allow the Soundbar to rest for a few moments before reconnecting it and turning it back on.

Check Your Connecting Cables

Sometimes, the cause of the issue could be loose or damaged HDMI cables. If you are experiencing audio delays frequently, check to see if your cables are fully and properly inserted, as well as if there are no signs of damage on the cables.

Though using HDMI ARC provides immersive Dolby Atmos sound, sometimes they can be the cause of audio delay due to the TV’s separate processing of audio and video signals. This desynchronization becomes more noticeable with external sound systems.

To fix TV connections, follow the steps in the section below to adjust the audio delay settings on your TV or audio system to sync the TV sound with the video.

Coordinate Your Settings

Usually, your television, Soundbar, and source each have settings you can control. Sometimes, making adjustments in these settings takes some finesse, but allows you to eliminate the delay. Let’s take a look at the most common.

Television Settings

If your TV is in “game mode,” it might improve audio during gaming but cause delays in movies or TV shows. Change this setting if you’re experiencing audio delay outside of gaming.

Ensure your TV’s digital audio out signal is set to PCM, as recommended by experts. Experiment with the A/V sync settings (On, Off, Auto) to find the best sound.

Additionally, turning off the “Secondary Audio Programming” (SAP) or setting it to “Stereo” may also help reduce delay. For specific instructions, refer to your TV’s manual.

Soundbar Settings

Some Soundbars have audio delay settings. It is recommended that these settings be set to 0 and 300 milliseconds for TV viewing.

To optimize TV audio sync, access your soundbar’s settings, adjust the ‘Audio Delay’ or ‘Lip Sync’ feature to a value between 0 and 300 milliseconds, and then test with a TV show or movie to find the best synchronization.

Your Blu-ray player (or other source devices) may also have an audio delay setting. As with the Soundbar, this should be set to 0 to 300 milliseconds if possible.

Evaluate Your Component Set-Up

Improperly connecting your components can cause delays as well. A component setup includes your television, source media, and a Soundbar.

Recognizing the right way to connect these devices is not always obvious. The source should be connected to your Soundbar via the HDMI In port. The Soundbar should then be connected to the TV. Sounds very minor, but it is possible that connecting your devices the right way solves your audio delay problem.

Why Soundbars Help Boost Your Television’s Audio

Modern TVs often have inadequate speakers, leading to a lackluster audio experience. Soundbars offer an effective solution, providing high-quality sound in a sleek, all-in-one design.

When choosing a Soundbar, consider its placement, suitable size for your room, desired features, and connectivity options, as the right soundbar can significantly enhance your home theater experience. For some extra tips, here is our guide on how to make a soundbar sound better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my slow internet be the issue?

If you only notice an audio delay while streaming sources, your internet speed may be the culprit. Slow internet speeds often mean signals are not relayed as quickly or accurately as desired.

This can cause serious delays, not just between your Soundbar and television, but also in the video signal alone. If you have noticed issues with your internet speeds – contact your internet provider to see what options are available.

My device only has audio delays with Netflix. Is this fixable?

Sometimes, it is not the internet, device or connection cable. Sometimes, the delay stems from the streaming service itself. One way to test if your streaming service is the issue is to watch a different show or movie on the same platform.

If the issue only occurs with a single show or movie, then the streaming service may have a poorly synced video loaded on their end. While this means your movie or show will likely be lagging throughout the entire duration, at least your devices, cables, and internet are not to blame! The solution: find a new show.