Does HDMI ARC support surround sound?

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Does HDMI ARC support surround sound?

The ARC standard was designed specifically to replace S/PDIF digital audio outputs (also called TOSLINK), and thus supports every audio format that would normally pass through S/PDIF: Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM audio. It can handle both the TV’s regular two-channel audio and 5.1 surround sound without any trouble.

Do receivers have HDMI ARC?

One of the best and yet least-understood HDMI features is ARC, or Audio Return Channel. It’s a feature that enables you to simplify your system and is compatible with most TVs, receivers and soundbars. In its most basic form, ARC uses an HDMI cable to send audio from a TV back to a receiver or soundbar.

Is HDMI ARC best for sound?

To begin with, HDMI ARC is the best choice if you want the absolute best audio quality possible. It supports all the latest audio formats, and lets you use the same remote for all devices. Moreover, it helps you eliminate tangled cables and clutter. On the other hand, optical cables still offer decent sound quality.

Does ARC support 5.1 audio?

ARC cannot carry 5.1 channels of uncompressed audio or anything more than that, nor can it handle high-resolution soundtracks encoded in immersive, object-based formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

How do I use HDMI ARC with receiver?

How to use the Audio Return Channel (ARC) or Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) feature

  1. On the receiver remote control, press the Menu or Home button. The menu should appear on the TV screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Select HDMI Control or CTR. HDMI.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Select ON or CTRL ON.
  7. Press Enter.

What if my receiver does not have HDMI ARC?

If your AVR is not ARC-enabled, you can get the same audio by connecting an optical (or coax, if available) digital audio output from the TV to the AVR, as Otto mentioned.

When should I use HDMI-ARC?

Sound devices and projectors all use this standard. For a better sound experience, you can use an HDMI cable to direct the sound from your Smart TV to sound device. ARC (Audio Return Channel) is a special function of HDMI high-speed certified cables via which the sound can also be sent back to the transmitter.

Does HDMI-ARC improve picture quality?

The main benefit of eARC is a big boost in bandwidth and speed. This allows you to send higher-quality audio from your TV to a soundbar or AV receiver.

Does HDMI-ARC control volume?

HDMI-ARC is also capable of passing high resolution audio which includes formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. Using HDMI-ARC, you can also control the volume of HDMI-ARC connected devices using your TV remote.

Can you use HDMI-ARC and optical audio at the same time?

In some cases, if your TV allows you to send two audio signals at the same time, one cable needs to transmit audio while the other will pass on the video signal. So, you can use the optical cable for the audio signal and then insert HDMI, which will transmit video.

How do I connect my smart TV to receiver without ARC?

Playing HDMI (without ARC) – Better choice

  1. Connect your TV with an HDMI connector to HDMI OUT (ARC) connector on your HEOS AVR using the included HDMI cable.
  2. Connect your TV to your HEOS AVR using either an included optical cable or a coaxial cable (not included).
  3. Select “TV” from the music tab.

Why do I need HDMI ARC?

HDMI ARC is designed to reduce the number of cables between your TV and an external Home Theatre System or Soundbar. The audio signal is capable of traveling both ways to and from the speakers, which will improve the sound quality and latency of the signal.

Can I get Dolby Atmos through ARC?

Most Dolby Atmos audio can be played through HDMI-ARC using the Dolby Digital Plus codec. HDMI-eARC is required to play lossless Dolby Atmos audio using the Dolby TrueHD codec.

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