The general rule is this – use a set of cable(s) that provides both video and audio signals to your TV.
- Best: A HDMI cable delivers both video and audio signals to your TV in one single cable. Supports up to 1080p playback, and up to 2160p (4K) playback for the Roku 4.
- Better than Better: A component cable for video (red/blue/green) and an optical cable for 5.1 surround sound. Supports up to 720p playback. (* see note below)
- Better: A component cable for video (red/blue/green) and composite RCA (just the red/white connectors) cable for stereo sound. Supports up to 720p playback. (* see note below)
- Good: A composite RCA cable set for video (yellow) and stereo sound (red/white). Supports standard definition (SD) playback. This cable set is included with every Roku player.
You can use any option above to connect your Roku player to your TV. Remember to tune your TV to the appropriate source/input depending on which one the Roku player is connected into.
* Note: Not all models of Roku players have component connectors. The Roku XDS has component connectors, but it requires a custom cable with a 3.5mm jack on one end and component connectors on the other. It is only available at our accessory store here. Click on Cables at the top. (This custom component cable is not generally available at any retailer. Standard component cables with red/blue/green connectors at both ends will not work with the Roku XDS)