How to connect your Roku® streaming device to an A/V receiver

Getting started

Stereo

  • The Roku player by default will provide stereo signal, through both composite or HDMI

Surround Sound

  • 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.

Common home theater setups

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Roku Streaming Players

Roku Streaming Sticks (HDMI or Roku Ready Versions)  

 

Roku player and a standard definition TV only

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".

 

Roku player and a high definition TV (HDTV) only

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".

 

Roku player with an HDMI AVR and HDTV

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.

 

Roku Player with a HDTV and HDMI ARC AVR

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.

 

Roku Player with a HDTV and non-HDMI AVR

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".

 

Roku Streaming Stick with a HDTV and non-HDMI AVR

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.

 

Roku Streaming Stick with a HDTV and HDMI AVR

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.

 

Help for common audio questions

I don't see any picture on the TV

  1. Make sure your video cable is firmly connected to the back of your Roku player and to the back of your TV and/or receiver.
  2. Make sure you Streaming Stick is connected firmly into the HDMI® input of your TV or receiver.
  3. Make sure that your TV or receiver is tuned to the correct input. (It's usually a button on your TV remote labeled "Source", "Input", "Video" or something similar.)
  4. Make sure your Roku AC adapter is plugged into a working power outlet and is firmly plugged into the Roku player.

I can't hear audio

  1. Make sure you have selected the correct input.
  2. Check TV and AVR master volume level
  3. Change Roku Audio mode to "Surround sound" or "Stereo" depending on your setup.

 

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