It may come as a surprise to many users that Roku TV does not have a Bluetooth function. However, there are some ways to connect Bluetooth devices to Roku TV. Interestingly enough, a user can connect their wired and Bluetooth JBL speaker to Roku TV for better audio performance.
Since Roku TV does not support Bluetooth technology, a user will need a connector to connect the Bluetooth JBL speaker to Roku TV.
This way, users can enjoy the loudest volumes, not achievable with the in-built TV speakers. The pairing process is quite simple, read on to know more about it.
How to Connect JBL Speakers to Roku TV?
Undoubtedly, Roku TV and JBL speakers are a deadly combo to watch entertainment content at desired volume levels.
Alternatively, Roku TV supports Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streambar, and Roku TV wireless speakers. While they improve sound quality, most users view it as an additional investment and the company’s attempt to sell and promote Roku branded speakers.
If you already have a JBL speaker, there is no need to purchase other audio devices. Both devices can be connected to each other via an HDMI port.
Each JBL speaker model may have a slightly different pairing process.
Connecting JBL Speaker to Roku TV via HDMI
Connecting a JBL speaker to a Roku TV wirelessly is a bit tricky, therefore, most users prefer the wired connection.
While the Roku TV is HDMI-compatible, a user has to ensure that the JBL speaker also supports the HDMI port.
If not, you may invest in an adapter to connect these devices. In most cases, you do not have to worry much about HDMI compatibility unless you are using an older JBL speaker model.
HDMI cables can be easily bought from a nearby store or online. Invest in a high-speed HDMI cable to get better audio performance. Choose the right cable length depending on the speaker placement.
1. Locate the HDMI Port
Fortunately, a user would not have a hard time finding an HDMI port on the Roku TV. Usually, you can spot this port on the back of the device.
2. Insert Cables into Both Devices
After spotting HDMI ports on the JBL speaker and Roku TV, insert one end of the HDMI cable into the TV and the other end into the JBL speaker. Make sure the cable is securely attached, otherwise, both devices will not connect.
3. Go to Settings
Visit the audio settings on your Roku television and navigate to the System Audio Control tab. Here, you will be able to select the JBL speaker that you wish to connect. Deactivate the Roku General Speaker and change it to the audio device you plan on connecting.
4. Test Audio
If you have followed all the steps carefully and properly, test the connection by playing any audio file. If the cable is securely plugged into the right port, the sound will be played through the JBL speaker.
Connecting JBL Speaker to Roku TV via Bluetooth Receiver
If you can not stand unsightly wires, establishing a Bluetooth connection is an ideal option for you.
This wireless option is preferred by nearly all users. As established earlier, Roku TV does not have Bluetooth support, therefore, you will be needing a Bluetooth receiver.
- Get a Bluetooth Receiver – It is important to have all the equipment you need for it to work. Make sure that the Bluetooth receiver is compatible with the Roku TV. Check the input and output ports on both devices to figure out which would be the right fit.
- Connect Bluetooth Receiver to the Roku TV – Similar to plugging in the HDMI cable, locate the auxiliary output of the Bluetooth receiver. Connect both devices and power on the receiver.
- Pair JBL Speaker and Roku TV – After the Bluetooth receiver is powered on and connected, check if the light on the receiver blinks. It is a sign that the device is ready to pair. Then, head to Bluetooth settings and select the JBL speaker.
- Adjust Settings – If the JBL speaker is not automatically selected as the output speaker, go to the settings tab to do so. Here, select it as a default speaker for the Roku TV. After that, test the audio, if everything works, continue watching your favorite shows.
Connecting JBL Speaker to Roku TV via WiFi Network
Unfortunately, this option is not available for older JBL models. Generally, the latest JBL speakers have advanced functions and WiFi support.
These devices are only eligible for a wireless connection if the speaker is WiFi-compatible.
- Connect Both Devices to the Same Network – JBL speaker and the Roku TV should be on the same network to work. If you own a WiFi router, connect both devices to them or a home network.
- Adjust Settings – Once both devices are connected to the same network, go to the Network options in the settings tab. Here you can add a JBL speaker to the TV. Now, select the JBL speaker as your default speaker and enjoy superior audio quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Roku Connect to external speakers?
Yes, while Roku branded speakers work seamlessly with Roku TV, they can be connected to external speakers via HDMI port. In addition, it can be connected to a Bluetooth audio device using a connector.
What kind of speakers do I need for a Roku TV?
For an effortless setup, go with the Roku-branded speakers. For instance, Roku Streambar, Roku wireless speakers, Roku smart soundbar, and Roku wireless subwoofer. Speakers from other brands would also work fine with the Roku TV.
Will any speaker work with Roku TV?
Yes, a non-Roku audio system can be connected to the Roku TV. HDMI-compatible external speakers can be connected through the HDMI output. Using a Bluetooth connector, a wireless connection can be established as well.
Hopefully, you have now learned how to connect JBL speakers to the Roku TV. If there are some questions, contact the customer support of Roku TV to know if the specific speaker can be connected to the Roku TV.
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