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Connections needed for Streambar

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I'm looking for clarification about the Streambar. Roku.com says both "Requires TV with HDMI ARC or Optical outputs" and "Roku® Streambar™ will work on any TV with an HDMI® port". Which is it?

I have an older TV which has HDMI ports, but neither HDMI ARC nor an optical output. Can I use the Streambar or no?

Please help. Thanks.

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Re: Connections needed for Streambar

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@MLH55 

Thanks for the inquiry.

For clarification, with the Roku Streambar for a one-cable setup, you’ll need a TV with an HDMI® ARC port. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI ARC port, you can connect with the HDMI and Optical input ports. 

The HDMI ARC is required to pass sound over to other inputs but the Roku Streambar will work with just a HDMI port for sound when using the built in Roku player.


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Danny

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Re: Connections needed for Streambar

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@MLH55 

Thanks for the inquiry.

For clarification, with the Roku Streambar for a one-cable setup, you’ll need a TV with an HDMI® ARC port. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI ARC port, you can connect with the HDMI and Optical input ports. 

The HDMI ARC is required to pass sound over to other inputs but the Roku Streambar will work with just a HDMI port for sound when using the built in Roku player.


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Danny

Danny R.
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Re: Connections needed for Streambar

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Hello, Danny: Thank you for your reply, but it does not fully answer my question.

First, as I said in my post, I have neither HDMI ARC nor optical input. Your reply implies I cannot use Streambar. Am I correct about this? This is my essential question.

Second, if regular HDMI is good enough for sound, why not video, too? After all, a regular Roku streaming stick plugs into HDMI without need of anything else. Why not Streambar? It's basically just a speaker with a streaming stick built-in, right?

Please let me know. Thanks.

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Re: Connections needed for Streambar

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@MLH55 

You will be able to use the Streambar if you simply have a HDMI cable.

However, without the HDMI ARC or optical cable, you will be unable to use the Streambar to get audio from your TV (and connected devices) to your Roku Smart Streambar.


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Danny

Danny R.
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Re: Connections needed for Streambar

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I have an older LG tv that has only HDMI ports and a coaxial digital sound output.  Is there an adapter I can get to join the optical cable to the coaxial output?

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