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How do I setup audio for home theater?

Roku Support
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).
  • Surround sound requires a surround sound capable audio/video receiver (AVR) connected using optical or HDMI cables. Not supported using composite cables.
  • Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) requires an AVR capable of decoding DD+ signal.

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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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Roku Player and a standard definition TV onlybackscenariosbutton.jpg

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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 mode to "Auto".

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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 available 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 Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting.
    • On Roku Classic models, 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 the HDMI output of the AVR to an available HDMI input on the TV.
  • Note: For DD+ audio, AVR must be DD+ capable.
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound.
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo".
  • For Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting.
    • On Roku Classic models, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound".

Note: Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) requires an AVR capable of decoding DD+ signal.

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Roku Player with a HDTV and HDMI ARC 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 available HDMI input on the TV.
  • Make connection from HDMI on TV (ARC port) to the HDMI output of the receiver that supports ARC.
  • Note1: Receiver must be capable of ARC (audio return channel). Consult your AVR product documentation.
  • Note2: For DD+ audio, AVR must be DD+ capable.
(HDMI cable is not included)
Roku setting
  • Stereo and surround sound.
  • For stereo, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Stereo".
  • For Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting.
    • On Roku Classic models, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound".

Note: Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) requires an AVR capable of decoding DD+ signal.

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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 available 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 Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting. (Surround sound requires the use of an optical connection between the TV and AVR)
    • On Roku Classic models, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "Surround sound".

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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 Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting. (Surround sound requires the use of an optical connection between the TV and AVR)

 

Notes:

  • For Roku Streaming Stick (Roku Ready version) models 3400/3420, TV must be Roku Ready TV.  Click here for more information.
  • For Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) model 3500, Roku recommends power connection using the provided power supply, instead of any USB port.

 

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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 Surround sound, go to Settings and set Audio mode to "(Auto)".  The Roku player will detect the capability of the connected device and determine optimal surround setting. (Surround sound requires the use of an optical connection between the TV and AVR)

 

Notes:

  • For Roku Streaming Stick (Roku Ready version) models 3400/3420, AVR must be Roku Ready.  Click here for more information.
  • For Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) model 3500, Roku recommends power connection using the provided power supply, instead of any USB port.
  • Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) requires an AVR capable of decoding DD+ signal.

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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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