Hey friend! Do you have a Samsung soundbar that could use a bit more oomph in the lower frequencies? Adding a matching Samsung subwoofer can take your audio experience to the next level with deeper, richer bass. But what if you’ve lost the remote or don’t have one to begin with? Not to worry! In this guide, we’ll walk through the ins and outs of pairing a Samsung subwoofer with your soundbar using both automatic and manual methods, all without needing that pesky remote control.
Overview of Key Steps
We’ll start with some soundbar basics, talk about why subs are so great, and cover what you need to get set up. Then we’ll dive into automatically and manually connecting your subwoofer in simple steps. I’ll also share some troubleshooting tips in case you run into any hiccups. By the end, you’ll be rocking out to room-filling, cinematic sound in no time!
Why Add a Subwoofer to Your Soundbar?
While soundbars are a major upgrade over your TV’s tinny built-in speakers, they do have some limitations. Most soundbars excel at reproducing dialog and higher frequency sound effects. But they often lack the low-end oomph needed for deep rumbles, booms, and thuds during action sequences and musical performances.
This is where adding a compatible Samsung subwoofer comes in! Subs are specially designed speakers made solely for pumping out those missing low bass frequencies from around 20 Hz down to as low as 5 Hz for really deep rumble. Connecting a sub to your soundbar gives you the best of both worlds – excellent clarity for mids/highs from the soundbar and floor-shaking, immersive bass from the sub.
What You’ll Need Before Connecting
Before we get to the good stuff, let’s go over what you’ll need:
- A Samsung soundbar and subwoofer from the same product line
- Power outlets and securely connected power cords
- The ID Set button located on either the soundbar or sub (check manual if unsure)
- Optional: Samsung remote if attempting manual connect method
The key is having a Samsung subwoofer that’s natively compatible with your Samsung soundbar – they are designed to automatically pair right out of the box. You can’t just mix and match subs and soundbars from different brands or product lines.
Connecting Your Subwoofer Automatically
The easiest way to connect your Samsung subwoofer is to just let it happen automatically using the intelligent ID Set pairing process these devices have onboard.
Here’s how to do it:
- Make sure your soundbar and subwoofer are plugged into power outlets securely using their provided power cords.
- Turn on your Samsung soundbar using the power button or remote if you have it.
- Give it 30-60 seconds, then check the status light on your subwoofer. It’s usually a blue LED indicator.
- If the LED is solid blue without blinking, congratulations! Your Samsung subwoofer is now successfully connected to your soundbar wirelessly.
The ID Set process automatically initiates when the soundbar and subwoofer are both powered on and begins the wireless pairing sequence. When it works successfully, the LED on the sub will turn solid blue indicating a steady connection is established.
If the LED light continues blinking after a few minutes, it means the automatic connection failed for some reason. Try unplugging both devices from power, waiting 30 seconds, then plugging them back in to restart the process. Also make sure power cords are fully inserted and try different outlets if possible.
Alternative Ways to Connect Your Subwoofer
If for some reason the automatic connection doesn’t work, don’t panic. You can still manually connect your Samsung sub to the soundbar in a few ways.
Let’s explore both methods:
Using Your Original Samsung Remote
If you still have the matching Samsung remote that came with your soundbar, connecting manually will be a breeze.
Here’s what to do:
- Locate the ID Set button on the remote – it may have a label like “ID SET” or simply a Bluetooth icon.
- With the soundbar powered off, point your remote at the soundbar and press/hold the ID Set button for 3-5 seconds. This initiates manual pairing mode.
- Continue holding the ID Set button until the subwoofer’s status light starts blinking rapidly.
- Power on your soundbar and wait for the blinking light to turn solid blue, indicating successful pairing.
Without a Remote Using the ID Set Button
If you don’t have your Samsung remote handy, don’t worry. You can still manually connect by using the physical ID Set button directly on either your soundbar or subwoofer.
Follow these steps:
- Locate the ID Set button on your subwoofer or soundbar. It’s usually a tiny button recessed on the back or side.
- Use a paper clip or thin object to press and hold the ID Set button for a few seconds with both devices powered off.
- Continue holding until the status light on your subwoofer starts blinking rapidly to indicate pairing mode.
- With the ID Set button still pressed, power on your soundbar and release after 3-5 seconds.
- If successful, the blinking light on your subwoofer will turn solid blue once connected.
This triggers the same sequence as using the remote, just by directly pressing the ID Set button on the soundbar or sub instead. Give it a try!
Troubleshooting Subwoofer Connection Issues
If you tried both automatic and manual methods but your Samsung subwoofer still refuses to connect or blinks continuously, a few things could be going on:
- Interference: Other wireless devices like a microwave or Bluetooth speaker nearby can disrupt the wireless signal between soundbar and subwoofer. Try moving them farther apart.
- Defective hardware: If neither method works, its possible either the soundbar or subwoofer is defective. Contact Samsung support about replacement options.
- Loose power cords: Make sure both devices are plugged into power outlets securely with undamaged cords. A loose connection can prevent pairing.
- No power: It’s also possible the outlet(s) you’re using are switched off or dead. Try different power outlets throughout your home.
- Reset: As a last resort, unplug both the soundbar and subwoofer from power for 60 seconds. Then plug them back in to completely reset and restart the ID Set pairing process.
With some tinkering and troubleshooting, you should be able to get your subwoofer paired up!
Enjoy the Bass Boost
Once successfully connected, you can revel in pounding, toe-curling bass added to your audio thanks to your new Samsung subwoofer.
Whether you’re watching action movies, playing video games, or blasting your favorite EDM, the difference will be immediately noticeable. Explosions will have that gut-punching boom, while kick drums will throb with newfound power.
For the optimal experience, try placing your subwoofer in a corner facing into the room. And don’t be afraid to turn up that volume knob on the back! Just watch those decibel levels.
Now you can hear and feel every nuance and low note, adding thrill and immersion to your home theater. So grab some popcorn and put on your favorite flick – it’s showtime!
Let the Bass Drop!
And there you have it amigo! With the steps above, you can successfully connect a Samsung subwoofer to your compatible Samsung soundbar without needing the remote control. Just utilize the automatic ID Set process or manually trigger pairing mode using the hidden buttons on each device instead.
Adding a sub is one of the best ways to take your soundbar’s performance to the next level. The combo makes for superior audio across all frequencies. Just be prepared – once you experience true cinematic bass, you may never want to go back to peasant soundbars alone!