Tabletop TV Stand and Soundbar Assembly Steps for a flat-screen TV with photos. The TV is mounted to the stand with the soundbar brackets and soundbar. This project is continued from Universal Tabletop TV Stand Assembly Steps where the glass base, column and bracket were put together.
Tabletop TV Stand and Soundbar Assembly Steps
Install the TV Mounting Rails
The original Universal TV stand I used in the pictures below is no longer available, so please follow closely the instruction manual of the one I linked here. The vertical rails are fastened to the back of the TV. Identify and layout the two rails with the screws & spacer packets. The different size screws and standoff spacers are included to fit most TVs:
I’ll also be installing the Universal Soundbar Bracket with the TV stand rails. If you have a soundbar bracket unpack the box before proceeding.
The back of my VIZIO 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV has Video Electronic Standards Association (VESA) standard mounting holes which are common on flat screen TVs:
TV Rail Mounting Screws
It’s necessary to pick the right size and length screw for your TV. Both the metric M6x12 (12mm long) and M6x35 (35mm long) screws fit the mounting holes in my TV, however the longer M6x35 screw was the best fit because it threaded further into the back of the TV for a secure hold with room for the mounting rail and soundbar bracket. Here I’ve loosely threaded in 3 screws with the top right screw threaded all the way in to verify the standoff length:
TV Soundbar Mounting Brackets
I needed to choose the correct screws and spacers from both the Soundbar Bracket fastener bag and the TV stand. It’s a bit of trial and error picking the right parts such that mounting screws are threaded deep enough in the TV for a secure mount. The Soundbar bracket requires the thin plastic spacers – which are equal in thickness to the soundbar bracket – so the rail rests evenly against the back of the TV:
For my TV the right combination is the M6x35 screw, Sewell shorter spacer and Sewell thin spacer. The long spacer provided with the TV stand is not needed:
The vertical rails and soundbar bracket is fastened to the back of TV using the screws and spacers. There’s a lot of leeway with the rail mounting holes to fit nearly any TV. Note the thin Sewell spacers are installed behind the rail at the top two positions only so the rail is even with the back of the TV. The shorter Sewell spacers are installed on the front side of the bracket at all four screws as a standoff for the M6x35mm long screw:
Aside: You may need to install the optional Square Washers under the screw heads against the rail if your TV doesn’t require the standoff spacers.
Mount the TV on the Stand
Per the TV stand instructions, lift the TV, tilt top back slightly and hook the rails over the bracket. If the TV is sits too low to mount the soundbar or you prefer it higher, just lift it up to 2nd or 3rd row of rail hooks:
Insert and tighten the lock screw against the lower bracket, one screw per side. Don’t over tighten the lock screw because it will just bend the metal tab:
Mount the Soundbar
The VIZIO 2.1 Channel Sound Bar is set under the TV while I sorted through soundbar packet of screws to find the correct screws and washers. Numerous screws and plastic standoffs (spacers) are provided to fit most any TV and soundbar combination:
Mount the soundbar by:
- Loosen the lower screws on the vertical rails so the soundbar bracket positions can be adjusted.
- Mount the soundbar to the brackets using the screws and washers that fit your unit.
Don’t fully tighten the soundbar mounting screws yet.
- Raise the soundbar and level it with the TV, then tighten the rail and soundbar screws.
I initially installed the soundbar brackets in this hockey stick orientation, however it obstructed the power and sound connections:
I flipped the soundbar brackets over to solve the connector access problem. It’s not necessary to dismount the TV when removing the soundbar brackets because the rail top hooks carry the weight of the TV:
Vizio Soundbar Toslink Optical Audio Cable
The VIZIO soundbar includes the optical audio cable to connect the TV to the soundbar. The Vizio cable works fine but is too thin for my taste, the issue being the risk of kinking and breaking the small fiber optic strand inside. I purchased an audio optical cable which is much thicker and more resistant to sharp bends and kinks:
The Universal Tabletop TV Stand and Universal Soundbar Bracket work great! The stand is study and swivels 45 degrees side-to-side for perfect viewing anywhere in the room. Both the TV and Soundbar kits provide screws to fit nearly any TV and soundbar. I really like the sound of the VIZIO 2.1 soundbar – it’s has excellent volume, a simple remote control, and the Bluetooth subwoofer automatically connects to the soundbar and really kicks.
Thanks for reading,