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Do I Need a Receiver/AVR for Roku Soundbar to support 5.1?

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I just bought a Roku soundbar + subwoofer and I'm planning on getting the two wireless rear speakers as well. I've tried to research my question but can't find a hard yes or no answer.

So I've seen a lot of people online asking about having the whole home theater set (Soundbar, Sub, Rear Speakers) and discussing 5.1 support but all of them seemed to have a receiver with their set. I don't have a receiver, I just have a TCL 6 Series, the soundbar, and the sub so far.

But my question is, do I absolutely need a receiver in order for the sound to be considered "real" 5.1? If I just get the wireless rears, will the 5.1 automatically be set up within the soundbar? 

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Re: Do I Need a Receiver/AVR for Roku Soundbar to support 5.1?

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@cablfc 

Thanks for the inquiry.

If you have the Roku Smart Soundbar, the Roku Subwoofer, and purchase the Roku TV Wireless speakers, then you will be able to have a 5.1 sound system without the use of an external AVR/receiver.

For more information about the setup for your surround sound using the Roku devices, visit our Support page here: What is the best placement for my Roku® wireless speakers?


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Danny

Danny R.
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Re: Do I Need a Receiver/AVR for Roku Soundbar to support 5.1?

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@cablfc 

Thanks for the inquiry.

If you have the Roku Smart Soundbar, the Roku Subwoofer, and purchase the Roku TV Wireless speakers, then you will be able to have a 5.1 sound system without the use of an external AVR/receiver.

For more information about the setup for your surround sound using the Roku devices, visit our Support page here: What is the best placement for my Roku® wireless speakers?


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Danny

Danny R.
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