How to Set Up a VIZIO SB4531-D5 Soundbar

Introduction

This guide will walk you the basic setup of your VIZIO SB4531-D5 soundbar.
Vizio soundbar.

1 Initial Setup

Your VIZIO soundbar comes with a soundbar speaker, a subwoofer, and a box of accessories that includes power cords and audio cables.Vizio soundbar.

Placement and Power

  1. Center the soundbar below your TV.
    Soundbar placed beneath a television.
  2. Plug the power cord into the soundbar.
    Power cable being connected to a soundbar being highlighted. Illustration.
  3. Place the subwoofer in a corner of the room.
    Soundbar subwoofer.
  4. Plug the power cord into the subwoofer and turn it on.
    Connecting the power cord to the subwoofer. Illustration.

Audio

Your soundbar can connect to your television in four different ways.

  • Digital Optical

    Optical audio works for most modern televisions, is of the highest quality, and the most recommended way to make the connection to your soundbar.
  • Digital Coaxial (Coax)

    Some televisions have a coaxial audio port, but this has become more uncommon.
  • RCA to Aux/Aux to RCA

    This is not a common output, but some televisions will require an RCA-to-minijack or minijack-to-RCA connection.

? What type of connection will you be using?

  1. Optical
  2. Coaxial
  3. Aux
  4. HDMI

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This guide will walk you the basic setup of your VIZIO SB4531-D5 soundbar.
Vizio soundbar.

Your VIZIO soundbar comes with a soundbar speaker, a subwoofer, and a box of accessories that includes power cords and audio cables.Vizio soundbar.

Placement and Power

  1. Center the soundbar below your TV.
    Soundbar placed beneath a television.
  2. Plug the power cord into the soundbar.
    Power cable being connected to a soundbar being highlighted. Illustration.
  3. Place the subwoofer in a corner of the room.
    Soundbar subwoofer.
  4. Plug the power cord into the subwoofer and turn it on.
    Connecting the power cord to the subwoofer. Illustration.

Audio

Your soundbar can connect to your television in four different ways.

  • Digital Optical

    Optical audio works for most modern televisions, is of the highest quality, and the most recommended way to make the connection to your soundbar.
  • Digital Coaxial (Coax)

    Some televisions have a coaxial audio port, but this has become more uncommon.
  • RCA to Aux/Aux to RCA

    This is not a common output, but some televisions will require an RCA-to-minijack or minijack-to-RCA connection.

Optical allows you to use a simple, single-wire connection from your television to your sound bar to enjoy all your media with your new soundbar automatically.

  1. Plug the optical cable into your soundbar.
    Vizio soundbar's optical audio connection.
  2. Plug the optical cable into your television.
    Connecting an optical audio cable to the rear of a television. Illustration.

  3. Turn your television on and the soundbar will automatically begin searching for an active input.

LED Indicators

Press the Menu button and use the Up/Down Arrow buttons on the remote to access the different functions and acoustic settings of the sound bar. Each function and setting will be displayed on the remote control’s LCD display. The LED Indicators will behave differently with each function.
LED light location on the soundbar. Illustration.

  • Bluetooth Pairing
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Enter button on the remote. The sound bar will be discoverable for 15 minutes. You can now search for the sound bar using your Bluetooth Device. The sound bar will power down if no device is found. Note: Set your Bluetooth device into pairing mode prior to the sound bar.

  • Bass Levels
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to increase/decrease the bass level. The LED indicators will move to the top with increasing levels and to the bottom with decreasing levels. Note: Decreasing the level to the minimum mutes the subwoofer.

  • Treble Levels
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to increase/decrease the treble level. The LED indicators will move to the top with increasing levels and to the bottom with decreasing levels.

  • Center Levels
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to increase/decrease the presence of dialog in the center channel. The LED indicators will move to the top when the dialog presence is increased and to the bottom when the dialog presence is decreased.

  • Slim Subwoofer Levels
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to increase/decrease the level of the subwoofer. The LED indicators will move to the top with increasing levels and to the bottom with decreasing levels. Note: Decreasing the level to the minimum turns off the sound bar.

  • Equalizer Mode
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to toggle between two preset equalizer settings, Music and Movie. Note: Movie mode is on by default.

  • DTS TruVolume On/Off
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to enable/disable TruVolume. When enabled (On), TruVolume provides a consistent and comfortable volume level for a more enjoyable listening experience. Note: Default is setting is Off.

  • Night Mode On/Off
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to enable/disable Night Mode. When enabled (On), the sound bar will lower bass frequency levels to provide a more quiet environment (ideal for apartment living and homes with sleeping children).

  • AV Delay
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to increase/decrease the amount of audio delay. The LED indicators will move to the top with increasing audio delay levels.

  • TV Remote
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
    Press the Next/Previous button to enable/disable VIZIO TV Remotes. When enabled (On), you can use a VIZIO TV remote control to turn on the sound bar (using the TV Volume Up button) and control volume.

  • Program Remote
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior None
    Press the Next/Previous and Play buttons to toggle and select and program your TV remote to control the Volume Down, Volume Up, and Mute functions on your sound bar. See the Program Remote section for more information.

Using the Remote
Remote control button assignments. Diagram.

  1. Display (this button displays soundbar settings)
  2. Power
  3. Input
  4. Previous
  5. Up/Down
  6. Mute
  7. Menu
  8. Enter/Play/Pause
  9. Next
  10. Volume +/-

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
    Swipe down
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon to enable it.
    Bluetooth Enabled
    Bluetooth Enabled
    Bluetooth Disabled
    Bluetooth Disabled
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play Store
  2. Type "Vizio Smartcast" in the search bar.
    Google play store search bar with vizio selected

    If you do not see the SmartCast app in the search results, check your search words and try again. If you can't still see it, it may not be compatible with your phone/tablet.

  3. Touch the magnifying glass on the on-screen keyboard to search.
    Google play store keyboard with search icon highlighted
  4. Select Vizio SmartCast in the search results.
  5. On the App's install page, touch INSTALL.
    Vizio smartcast app page with install highlighted
  6. Review the install prompt that pops up. Once done, touch ACCEPT.
    Vizio smartcast app page with accept highlighted
  7. Wait for the download to finish. Once done, touch OPEN to launch the App or go back to your apps to access the new App's icon.
    Android open button
  1. Press and Hold the Bluetooth button.
    Soundbar buttons highlighting the Bluetooth button.
  2. The Soundbar will enter Pairing mode.
  3. The LEDs will light from top to bottom and back again.
    Function Soundbar LCD readout.
    LED Behavior LED light behavior. Example.
  1. Open the SmartCast app.
    Vizio smartcast app icon.
  2. Tap the Menu
    Smartcast app highlighting the menu button.
  3. Tap Setup A New Device.
    Smartcast app menu highlighting the setup a new device option.
  4. Tap Get Started.
    Smartcast app highlighting the get started button.
  5. Select your Language.
    Smartcast app displaying language selection options.
  6. Hold your Smartphone next to the power LED on your soundbar and it should connect.
    Smartcast app displaying instructions for pairing your smartphone app with the speaker.
  1. Plug the HDMI cable into the back of your soundbar with the HDMI Out connector.

  2. Plug the other end into your television.
    Connecting the soundbar to a television using an HDMI cable. Illustration.

If you are changing to an HDMI connection after having completed initial setup, you can remove whatever connection cable was used to complete the initial setup at this time.

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth
  3. Ensure that the Bluetooth toggle is in the On position.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.
  1. Open App Store.
    App Store

  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap on Search.
    Search Button

  3. Type "Vizio Smartcast" in the search bar.
    Search Bar

  4. Tap Search to start the search.
    Search Button

  5. Select VIZIO SmartCast in the search results.
    VIZIO SmartCast

  6. Next, tap the GET button:
    Get Button
    • If you have previously downloaded the app in the past, you can re-download it by selecting the cloud download icon.
      Cloud Download

       

  7. Tap OPEN once the app is installed.
    Open

Coax allows you to use a simple, single-wire connection from your television to your sound bar to enjoy all your media with your new soundbar automatically.

  1. Plug the coaxial cable into your soundbar.
    Vizio soundbar's digital coaxial connection port.
  2. Plug the other end of your coaxial cable into your television.
  3. Turn your television on and the soundbar will automatically begin searching for an active input.

Aux allows you to connect your soundbar using RCA outputs from your television.

  1. Plug the mini-jack into your soundbar.
    Vizio soundbar's analog auxiliary audio port.
  2. Plug the RCA cables into your television. Match the white end with the white port, and the red end with the red port.
  3. Turn your television on and the soundbar will automatically begin searching for an active input.
HDMI cannot be used for first-time setup. If you do wish to use HDMI as a connection method, it can be switched to after the initial setup has been performed.
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