How to Reset Sony Soundbar: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on: December 15, 2023

Ever been watching a great movie or listening to music, and suddenly your Sony soundbar stops working right? It’s annoying and can ruin your fun. You’re not the only one who gets confused about how to fix it. Good news: fixing your Sony soundbar is easier than you think.

In this article, I’ll show you, step by step, how to make your soundbar work well again. I’ve worked with home audio systems for a long time, so I know how to explain things in a simple way. By the end of this guide, you’ll not only know how to reset your Sony soundbar, but you’ll also learn some tips to make it work better and avoid problems in the future. Let’s get started and fix those soundbar issues!

When do you need to reset Sony Soundbar?

You’re likely to need a reset for your Sony soundbar when it starts acting up, much like getting scolded for throwing tantrums. Let’s delve into the specific reasons why a reset might be necessary.

  • Connectivity issue:When your Sony soundbar suddenly plays the rebel and refuses to connect with an audio source, that’s your cue. Despite its famed seamless Bluetooth connectivity, sometimes it just won’t play nice with your audio source or TV. The solution? Reset your Sony soundbar to tackle these connectivity woes head-on.
  • No sound: When your Sony soundbar gives you the silent treatment for no apparent reason, it’s time to take action. Even cranked up to full volume and perfectly connected, it might just decide to go mute. The fix? Give your Sony soundbar a reset and bring back the sound.
  • Firmware bug: The Sony soundbar needs to be updated regularly! Now, if your Sony soundbar has not been updated for a long time, it’s most likely to crack or have a bug that would hinder its performance. So, you may try resetting the soundbar to resolve this issue. 
  • Clear out settings: Want to wipe your Sony soundbar’s memory clean of all those custom settings? Just hit reset. It’s like giving your soundbar a fresh start, especially handy if you’ve snagged a pre-loved one. This move erases its past to begin anew.
  • Subwoofer not connecting: Subwoofer woes? If your Sony Soundbar is playing hard to get and won’t buddy up with the subwoofer, a reset might just be the peacekeeper you need. Hit that reset, and watch as they finally decide to play nice together.

How to Reset a Sony Soundbar

Got the why, now for the how of resetting your Sony Soundbar. It’s not rocket science, don’t worry!
Remember, the reset steps can differ based on your soundbar model. If in doubt, peek at the user manual for model-specific instructions.
Ready to dive into the reset steps? Let’s go!

Resetting the Soundbar with a Remote

Like a pro, you can easily reset your Sony Soundbar using the remote! Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Turn off your Sony soundbar and remove the plug from the power source.
  2. Turn it on again after 30 seconds, and choose the menu from the remote control.
  3. Choose Reset from the Menu by navigating through the up and down arrows.
  4. Click on the” All Reset” option and press Enter to restore the Soundbar to its factory setting.

You have completed the resetting process of your Sony soundbar through the remote control. This method is suitable for the HT-S40R soundbar model.

Method 2:

  1. On the remote control, press the MENU.
  2. Select Setup → Advanced Settings.
  3. Select Resetting.
  4. Select the menu item you want to reset.
  5. Select Start.

This method is suitable for the HT-A3000/HT-A5000/HT-A7000/HT-A9 model.
If you can’t perform the reset using the Home Menu:

  • HT-A9: Press and hold the power button on the control box for more than 10 seconds.
  • HT-A3000/HT-A5000/HT-A7000: Press and hold the  power button and volume down button on the bar speaker for more than five seconds.

Continue reading to learn how to reset the Sony soundbar without a remote.

How to Reset Sony Soundbar without a remote

There are different models of a Sony Soundbar, and resetting may require specific steps for each model. However, I’m enlisting some standard methods to reset your soundbar. Here you go.

Method 1:

  1. Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously for five seconds.
  2. Wait for a beep or message on the display screen of your Soundbar.
  3. Once you see the message or hear the beep, you’ve successfully reset your soundbar to the factory settings.

This method is suitable for HT-CT290/HT-CT800/HT-G700/HT-S2000/HT-S200F/HT-S350/HT-X8500/HT-X9000F/HT-Z9F models.

Method 2:

  1. Press and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Input buttons on the soundbar simultaneously for about ten seconds.
  2. Wait for the display light to start blinking or for the audio indicator to flash.
  3. Once you see one of the two signs from step 2, it’s a sign that your soundbar is reset to factory settings.

This method is suitable for the HT-S100F model.

Method 3:

  1. Press and hold INPUTVOL down and Power buttons simultaneously for more than 5 seconds.
  2. Disconnect the AC power cord, and then plug it back in.

This method is suitable for the HT-RT3 model.

Get, Set, Go!

Now that you’ve reached this far, you might have diagnosed the problem with your Sony Soundbar and would have understood the proper and most suitable steps to resolve this problem. Just know that the Old IT joke of Resetting any gadget to bring it back into the senses is helpful sometimes.
Now, don’t say that you’re still lost because you skipped some text. There’s no escaping from it! If you’ve done so, go back and know how to fix the mood of your cranky Sony soundbar, to enjoy the ultimate audio experience in your home theater.

I’m Shaun Conroy, an audiophile & founder of HiFi Audios. Holding a Bachelor’s in Sound Engineering, I bring deep expertise in audio devices and offer insights & recommendations to fellow enthusiasts.

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