samsung soundbar subwoofer quiet

Whenever the Samsung soundbar subwoofer quiet we typically try basic troubleshooting that not always works.

This is why in this guide we’ll explore in-depth the probable causes for the weak/faint volume on your Samsung subwoofer as well as the best-working solutions!

The volume of your Samsung soundbar will be quiet when the cable connection with the TV is faulty or there’s an issue with the TV’s audio settings.

It is also possible that there’s a voltage issue with the Samsung subwoofer which might also decrease the volume!

Let’s dig deeper!

Why Is My Samsung Subwoofer So Quiet?

It is appropriate to first identify what causes the quiet volume on your Samsung subwoofer and soundbar.

why is my samsung subwoofer so quiet

The primary suspects involve everything from unturned volume controllers in your system to software-related blunders which directly impact the audio and the volume control.

  1. The volume of the soundbar/subwoofer controller is at “Low”
  2. There is a voltage issue with the Samsung soundbar/subwoofer
  3. The audio broadcast on the connected TV has a low volume
  4. The WiFi connection between the soundbar/subwoofer is weak
  5. There’s a cable connectivity problem between the TV/soundbar
  6. The soundbar and subwoofer are too far away from each other
  7. The audio problem is in your TV’s audio settings/configuration

Try This First:

Ensure that your TV is not set to “mute” and that the volume of the TV is also increased.

Use the TV remote to increase the volume by pressing “Vol +” until the indicator that will appear on either side is filled at least half-full or more ( 50% volume+)!

Samsung Soundbar Subwoofer Quiet8 Proven Solutions!

Tip: Follow our solutions in a chronologically precise order!

1. Turn Up Soundbar/Subwoofer Volume

turn up soundbar subwoofer volume

Assuming you still haven’t checked the volume level of your Samsung soundbar/subwoofer, now is the time to increase it.

If your Samsung soundbar has been left on a low volume setting, the sound may become disrupted, weak, or extremely quiet for everyone to hear.

How to Turn Up the Volume on Samsung Soundbar?

Use the provided remote that came along with the soundbar to press the “Vol +” button around 10-15 times. This should make the soundbar audible enough.

How to Turn Up the Volume on Samsung Subwoofer?

Locate the “WOOFER” button on the back/side part of the subwoofer and turn it from “-6” to “+6”, where “-6” is the lowest and “+6” is the highest.

Info: If there is no remote available for your Samsung soundbar, use the “SmartThings” application, to adjust the volume of the device!

2. Power Cycle the Samsung Setup

power cycle the samsung setup

If both the soundbar and subwoofer seem to be extremely quiet, it is possible that the devices are underpowered.

This happens when the power supply is insufficient and the performance of the underpowered devices is decreased to a minimum, but they are still functional.

How to Power Cycle Samsung Soundbar:

  1. Unplug the power cable of the soundbar.
  2. Wait for about 30 to 40 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cable of the soundbar.
  4. Wait for the device to turn on and test the volume.

How to Power Cycle Samsung Subwoofer:

  1. Turn the “WOOFER” button to “-6”.
  2. Press the power button on the subwoofer.
  3. Unplug the power cable of the subwoofer.
  4. Wait for 60 seconds and reconnect the power cord.
  5. Press the power button to turn on the subwoofer.
Tip: If your Samsung subwoofer has a power button, hold it for 15 seconds while the device is unplugged to discharge the hardware!

3. Move the Subwoofer/Soundbar Closer Together

move the subwoofer soundbar closer together

The technology of Samsung allows for the subwoofer to wirelessly connect with the soundbar and produce the bass output via WiFi.

When the devices are too far apart, the connection may become partially weak and could restrict the quality and volume strength of either device.

  • Place your subwoofer as close as possible to the soundbar and test it!
Tip: It’s preferred to have the subwoofer placed next to the soundbar for the best quality of output, where 5 meters is considered too much.

4. Change the Played Audio!

change the played audio

Perhaps, the fault is with the played audio that your Samsung soundbar is outputting. If you’ve played music or a video that has a weak volume, you will hear the audio coming out of your soundbar but would be quiet or distorted.

Note: Some streaming platforms have an in-built audio controller so make sure to turn it up!

Play Audio From Trusted Platforms!

To put your soundbar’s volume to the test, play media or music only from trusted platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Peacock, YouTube, HBO MAX, and Cable TV.

Note: You should avoid playing pre-recorded audio or songs uploaded to your TV manually, as their volume could have been weakened as a result. 

5. Connect the Soundbar to a Different Port

connect the soundbar to a different port

Assuming that you have the soundbar plugged into one of your TV’s HDMI ARC inputs, you should try connecting the audio device to a regular HDMI.

This way you could stabilize the sound, resolve any cuts in the audio and make the overall performance better.

  • There could be heavy distortions in the audio if the HDMI port is faulty!

How to Connect Soundbar to a Different Input:

  1. Unplug the part of the HDMI cable that goes into your TV.
  2. Locate an alternative HDMI port available on the back of your TV.
  3. Plug the HDMI of the soundbar into the new HDMI port.
  4. Head into your TV’s audio settings and tap “Default Output Device”.
  5. Select the new HDMI input you’ve connected the soundbar into.
Note: Once your TV has recognized the Samsung soundbar, play audio and determine if the strength of the volume is still weak.

6. Adjust the TV’s Audio Settings

adjust the tv's audio settings

It is possible that the fault is with the configuration of your TV’s audio settings. If there’s an in-built audio mixer, this allows advanced adjustment of the audio output.

This sometimes makes it hard to increase the soundbar’s volume, so it’s best to check the TV audio settings!

Best TV Audio Settings for Soundbar!
AUDIO MODESet to “Standard
BASSSet to “50” or at least “70
TREBLESet to “50” or decrease to “30
BALANCESet to “0” or accordingly to setup
SOUND PRESETSet to “Standard

How to Adjust TV’s Equalizer?

  • To check if your TV has an in-built equalizer, go to Settings > Audio > Equalizer

To make the volume coming out of your soundbar/subwoofer as crispy and audible as possible, set all functions of the equalizer to “50%”. This is the best way to test if your soundbar/subwoofer’s volume has been mixed through the TV equalizer.

If adjusting the audio settings didn’t work either, let’s try something else!

7. Change the Output Audio Setting

change the output audio setting

Not using “PCM” in your Digital Audio Format may lead to a decreased soundbar/subwoofer volume and restrictions in the clarity of the output.

To resolve this problem, you must change the default output audio format to “PCM” and check if your soundbar’s volume will improve.

  • Using your TV remote, go to Settings > Audio > Audio Format > “PCM”
Note: In the settings of the audio format, you will be able to choose from formats such as Dolby and PCM. 

Selecting Dolby may lead to decreased audio coming out of your soundbar.

8. Factory Reset the Soundbar

factory reset the soundbar

The only way left to fight against this problem is factory reset your Samsung soundbar. It’s a proven resolution to any functionality/software issue with the soundbar; resetting the device could also resolve issues with the volume!

  • Resetting your soundbar will disconnect the device from the Samsung app!

Here’s how to factory reset your soundbar:

  1. Turn on the soundbar and wait for the unit to start.
  2. Find and press the power button on the soundbar.
  3. Keep holding the button for 5 up to 10 seconds.
  4. Release the button and press it again.
  5. Wait for the soundbar to show “INIT OK”.
  6. Release the power button and wait.
Note: The “INIT OK” message means your Samsung soundbar has started the factory reset and is currently ongoing. 

Do not interact with the device while it still displaying “INIT OK”.

Quick Recap:

Now that we’ve learned why Samsung soundbar subwoofer quiet, we know that the solution involves power circulation and increasing the volume above 50%.

In case the subwoofer is still quiet, adjust the TV audio settings and perform a factory restoration. Follow us for more!

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