How To Connect Sonos Speakers to a Samsung TV FAQ

We have been getting questions asking how to Connect your Sonos Speakers to a Samsung TV. With TVs getting powerful audio and video, it makes sense that we can connect them with fantastic home entertainment speakers. Why can’t we do this with the Sonos speakers to the Samsung TV? We’re going to answer some of those questions here in this article. I did some research into this; however, please note that this information can change at any time (I mean, there is mention that one big other Streaming device is working on connecting straight to your Smart Speakers).


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How to connect a Samsung TV to your Speakers.

Here are a few things you need to know about the Sonos system: 

Sonos speakers either come as a Bluetooth-enabled speaker or a WiFi-enabled speaker. For example, the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf speaker is actually a Sonos Speaker. The SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker is only a WiFi speaker. Not a Bluetooth speaker. Not many streaming devices allow you to play audio from a TV directly to a smart speaker unless it’s a Bluetooth speaker and the TV has Bluetooth capability.

So far, there are three quick ways to connect your Samsung TV to your smart speakers:

  1. Bluetooth: You have to check to see if your TV, namely the Samsung TV, has Bluetooth capability. Many of the new Samsung TVs made in 2019 and 2020 can connect their audio outputs to a Bluetooth speaker. This means the TV must have Bluetooth, and the smart speaker you want to connect it to must be a Bluetooth speaker. For example, the Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker, a Sonos speaker, does not have Bluetooth capability. It is solely a WiFi speaker, and you will not be able to Connect the Samsung TV to the IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf speaker.
  2. Bluetooth Bridge: You can use a device like the Taotronics Bluetooth 5.0 transmitter. The Bluetooth Transmitter can either receive or transfer or send signals. This transmitter comes with a 3.5 mm adapter that can plug into the headphone jack into your TV. This doesn’t always work, but you can use it for things like your surround system, your car, or your gaming systems (Switch, Xbox) to transfer audio to a Bluetooth speaker. Again you must have a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, NOT a WiFi-enabled speaker. Otherwise, you will not be able to connect your TV to a WiFi Sonos Speaker.
  3. Sonos Beam: The Sonos Beam is a smart soundbar that connects directly to your TV. Once you connect a Sonos Beam to your TV, you can group the Sonos Beam to other Sonos speakers and create your own home entertainment system. So, far this is the only way that we know to connect Sonos WiFi speakers to a TV so that you can use Sonos speakers as a TV audio speaker. 
  4. Apple TV with AirPlay 2:  Sonos speakers work really well with Apple TV with AirPlay2. As soon as you connect your Sonos speaker to your Sonos app, you will be able to access those connected speakers whether it’s a group or not to the Apple TV. This means that if you link your Samsung TV to an Apple TV. You will be able to stream from the Apple TV to your Sonos speakers. But it only works if you have the Apple TV

Some will say that you can connect a speaker to your Samsung TV if it has AirPlay2. However, what they tell you is that your TV becomes an AirPlay2 enabled device that can connect with other Homekit media devices. This means that you can cast from your Apple HomeKit enabled devices to your Samsung TV, not the other way around. You can cast your photos and some of the streaming you have on your Apple Homekit device (like iPhone, Macbook, iPad, etc.) to your Samsung TV with AirPlay2.

Samsung TVs with AirPlay:

  • 2020 QLED 8K series: Q950TS, Q900TS, and Q800T
  • 2020 QLED 4K series: Q90T, Q80T, Q70T, and Q60T
  • 2020 Crystal UHD series: RU9000, TU8500, TU8000, and TU7000
  • 2020 Lifestyle series: The Frame (LS03T), The Sero (LS05T), The Serif ( LS01T), and The Terrace (LST7T)
  • 2019 QLED 8K Q900R and 2019 Serif TV
  • 2019 QLED 4K Q90R, Q80R, Q70R, Q7DR, Q60R, and Q6DR
  • 2019 & 2018 Frame TV LS03R/LS03N
  • 2019 4K UHD TV RU8000, RU800D, RU740D, RU7300, RU730D, RU7100, and RU710D
  • 2018 QLED 4K Q9FN, Q8FN, Q7CN, Q7FN, Q75FN, Q6FN, and Q65FN
  • 2018 4K UHD TV NU8500, NU8000, NU740D, NU7300, NU7200, NU7100, NU710D, NU6950, NU6900, NU6900B, NU6080, and NU6070
  • 2018 Smart Full HDTV N5300

If the Sonos speakers are Bluetooth enabled, you should be able to use the Bluetooth connection from your Samsung TV to project the TV’s sound to the speakers.

However, if your Sonos speakers are WiFi-only (like the IKEA SYMOFONISK Bookshelf Speaker), then the only way (that I know of ) is to use a Sonos Beam. The Sonos Beam is a soundbar. It connects directly to your TV. once you have a connection straight to your TV, you can group your speakers with the Sonos soundbar to create your home theatre system. As of now, this is the only other method that you can use to connect your Samsung TV to your Sonos speakers.


Connect Sonos Speaker to Samsung TV

There’s an assumption that as long as your TV (Samsung TV) has AirPlay2, that you’ll be able to connect to your Sonos speakers. Here is the response: AirPlay 2 on your Samsung TV does not equate to connecting to your Sonos speakers. It’s not a matter that your Samsung TV has AirPlay 2. The deciding factor here is whether or not your smart speakers are actually Bluetooth or WiFi, and if a bridge is required to connect your speakers to your TV. So, get a Bluetooth Transmitter, connect via Bluetooth, or get an Apple TV to connect your TV to Sonos speakers.



How To Connect Sonos Speakers to a Samsung TV FAQ

How do I connect my Sonos to my Samsung TV?

You have to have both either:
1. A Samsung TV with Bluetooth and Bluetooth speaker
2. Samsung TV connected to Sonos Beam – then group the Sonos WiFi speakers you want in the home entertainment center.
3. Use a Bluetooth Transmitter to bridge between Samsung TV and Bluetooth enabled speakers
4. If you have only WiFi enabled speakers, then you should use an AppleTV with AirPlay2.

Which Samsung TVs come with AirPlay

2020 QLED 8K series: Q950TS, Q900TS, and Q800T
2020 QLED 4K series: Q90T, Q80T, Q70T, and Q60T
2020 Crystal UHD series: RU9000, TU8500, TU8000, and TU7000
2020 Lifestyle series: The Frame (LS03T), The Sero (LS05T), The Serif ( LS01T), and The Terrace (LST7T)
2019 QLED 8K Q900R and 2019 Serif TV
2019 QLED 4K Q90R, Q80R, Q70R, Q7DR, Q60R, and Q6DR
2019 & 2018 Frame TV LS03R/LS03N
2019 4K UHD TV RU8000, RU800D, RU740D, RU7300, RU730D, RU7100, and RU710D
2018 QLED 4K Q9FN, Q8FN, Q7CN, Q7FN, Q75FN, Q6FN, and Q65FN
2018 4K UHD TV NU8500, NU8000, NU740D, NU7300, NU7200, NU7100, NU710D, NU6950, NU6900, NU6900B, NU6080, and NU6070
2018 Smart Full HDTV N5300

What does it mean when a Samsung TV comes with Airplay?

If a Samsung TV states it has AirPlay or AirPlay2, it means that a HomeKit-enabled devices (iPad, Macbook, iPhone) can cast its media to an AirPlay enabled Samsung TV. Not the other way around.

Can you connect a Samsung TV to a WiFi Sonos Speaker?

There is no direct way to connect a Samsung TV to a WiFi Sonos Speaker. You can use a Sonos Beam to connect directly to the Samsung TV, then group the Sonos Beam to other Sonos speakers to make a home entertainment center around your Samsung TV

Is the Sonos One designed for your TV?

No, the Sonos One is only ethernet and WiFi enabled. It does not have Bluetooth. It is not meant to connect to your TV as a wireless speaker. You could use an Apple TV with AirPlay2 (tvOS11.4 or higher).

Credit: Sonos, IKEA, Samsung, Apple