How to Control Sound Bars With a Roku TV Remote
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Considering televisions are so expensive, the speaker systems on them are surprisingly poor. The problem is primarily caused by the space available. As TVs become progressively thinner, the speakers themselves have less room to work with, so we end up with a shallow “tinny” sound.

As such, audiophiles Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Reveal the Truth Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Reveal the Truth You might think you are an audiophile, but in reality very few music lovers tick all of the necessary boxes. Are you really an audiophile? Or are you just a great pretender? Read More and cinephiles have taken to external sound bars. In many cases, they provide fuller and richer sounds than TV sets are capable of. And you don’t have to spend a fortune Buying Wireless Speakers? How to Pick the Best System for You Buying Wireless Speakers? How to Pick the Best System for You Don't make an investment in a wireless speaker system without taking these considerations into account. A little bit of thought can save you a world of money, time, and trouble! Read More on top-end models like Sonos! Mid-range models are more than excellent.

However, if you use a media streaming box like Roku Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku: Which Media Streamer Suits You? Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku: Which Media Streamer Suits You? Media streaming devices are simply awesome. Those little boxes that connect to your TV can add a wealth of entertainment options to your living room. But which device is best for you? Read More , not being able to control the volume with your remote is annoying. Here’s how to get your Roku remote working with a sound bar.

ARC Over HDMI

Audio Return Channel (ARC) is an infrequently mentioned audio protocol. Today, it’s becoming increasingly prevalent in HD televisions.

If you use ARC over HDMI to connect your sound bar to your TV, Roku TV can use Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to control the sound bar’s volume. Unfortunately, if you use optical cables to connect, you’re out of luck.

No ARC? No Worries

Even if the sound bar doesn’t have ARC support, the Roku TV remote could still work as long as the speaker supports HDMI. Navigate to Settings > System > Control other devices and turn on System Audio Control. If ARC isn’t being used on either end, the remote might still work.

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Did you get your remote working? Which setting worked for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Ju
    November 17, 2018 at 3:34 am

    we have invented a remote that would fit both need mentioned above , and it now selling on amazon , we will give some sample away right now , PM me if any one need , thanks !
    Much more better than sideclick , I bet!
    Seats limited !

    • Kelsey
      December 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      What's the name of the remote? I'm interested in looking at it on Amazon.

  2. Kevin Respecki
    August 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Ditto on the Sideclick

  3. Tom
    August 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    What worked really well for us is the Sideclick remote. It has a clip on the right for the Roku remote and a single row of 8 or so IR buttons that you can learn from the existing remote(s), so you effectively still only have one remote to keep track of.

    • Aleta Moore
      October 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      I have Roku Ultra - will the sideclick control a soundbar system that connected via optial audio cord?

      • Tom
        October 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm

        I don't think it matters what the audio source is to the sound bar, just that it is IR and compatible with the SideClick. My bar is a Vizio, connected via optical via HDMI -> TV -> optical -> sound bar.