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How do I setup audio for home theater?

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posted this on September 24, 2013 10:11

This article is applicable to the following models:

 Models All Roku player models (US)

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Getting started

     Stereo     Surround Sound
  • The Roku player by default will provide stereo signal, through both composite or HDMI
  • The Roku player does not process surround sound signals (only passthrough via HDMI)
  • 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound requires a 5.1/7.1 capable audio/video receiver (AVR)
  • Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) requires a DD+ capable AVR

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Common home theater setups

Which scenario best describes your home theater components? (click on the best fit)

Roku Streaming Players

Roku Streaming Sticks (HDMI or Roku Ready Versions)  

 

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Connection
  • Connect the 3.5mm end to the back of the Roku player
  • Connect the composite end to the corresponding red/whilte/yellow connectors on the TV
Roku setting
  • Stereo only
  • In Settings, set Audio to "Stereo"

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Roku Player and a high definition TV (HDTV) onlybackscenariosbutton.jpg

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Connection
  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the back of the Roku player
  • Connect the other end to an avaialble HDMI connector on the TV
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo"
  • For 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound"

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Roku Player with a HDMI AVR and HDTVbackscenariosbutton.jpg

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Connection
  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the back of the Roku player
  • Connect the other end to an available HDMI input on the AVR
  • Make connection from HDMI out from AVR to an available HDMI imput on the TV
  • Note: Setup shown is for illustrative purpose only.  You can also connect the Roku player first to a TV, then to an AVR, both via HDMI cables.
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo"
  • For 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound"

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Roku Player with a HDTV and non-HDMI AVRbackscenariosbutton.jpg

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Connection
  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the back of the Roku player
  • Connect the other end to an avaialble HDMI connector on the TV
  • From your TV, connect one end of the composite audio cable to the audio output
  • Connect the other end into an available composite input on your AVR
  • Note: Depending on your TV, you may be able to use an optical connection between your TV and AVR
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo"
  • For 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound" (Surround sound requires the use of an optical connection between the TV and AVR)

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Roku Streaming Stick with a HDTV and non-HDMI AVRbackscenariosbutton.jpg

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Connection
  • Connect the Roku Streaming Stick into an available HDMI input on your TV (HDMI Version only)
  • Connect the Roku Streaming Stick into the MHL input of your TV (Roku Ready Version only, also requires a Roku Ready TV)
  • From your TV, connect one end of the composite audio cable to the audio output
  • Connect the other end into an available composite input on your AVR
Note: Depending on your TV, you may be able to use an optical connection between your TV and AVR

Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo"
  • For 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound" (Surround sound requires the use of an optical connection between the TV and AVR)

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Roku Streaming Stick with a HDTV and HDMI AVRbackscenariosbutton.jpg

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Connection
  • Connect the Roku Streaming Stick into an available HDMI input on the HDMI AVR (HDMI Version only)
  • Connect the Roku Streaming Stick into the MHL input of the AVR (Roku Ready Version only, also requires a Roku Ready AVR)
  • Connect one end of a HDMI cable into the HDMI output on the AVR
  • Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into an available HDMI input on your TV
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo"
  • For 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound"

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Help for common audio questions and solutions

Symptom

 

Possible causes

 

Try these!

 
I don't see any picture on the TV

 

TV is OFF

 

Ensure TV is ON (it's more common than you think)

 

 

Cables loose

 

Check all connectors are snugly in place

 

 

Roku is OFF

 

Check power adapter is snugly connected, and wall outlet is working

 

 

Wrong TV input

 

Select the correct TV input

         

I can't hear audio

 

Bad or corrupted content

 

Check another channel or asset

   

Content does not contain stereo audio track

 

Confirm by checking another channel or asset

Change Roku Audio mode to "Surround sound"

   

TV volume is set too low or OFF

 

Check TV master volume level

 

 

 
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