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How to set up a soundbar on the Xbox Series X

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Soundbars aren’t just for movies. On a console like the Xbox Series X, the superior volume, bass kick and audio detail that a soundbar offers over integrated TV speakers can make your favorite games even better. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the Series X’s extensive surround sound support, even on some standalone soundbars. 

We’ve prepared this guide to walk you through the setup process step by step. All you’ll need is the console (see where to buy the Xbox Series X if you have trouble finding stock) and one of the best soundbars. Ideally, you should choose a soundbar with HDMI ARC (audio return channel) or eARC (enhanced audio return channel) support, as these high-spec connections will unlock the Xbox Series X’s secret surround sound weapon: Dolby Atmos.

How to set up a soundbar on the Xbox Series X

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Because the Series X removed the optical output that previous Xbox models had, this is a very similar process to setting up a soundbar on the PS5. 

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