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lsantos13
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Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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I noticed that the Roku Streambar has an optical input in the rear

Does that mean I can plug a source into that optical input and use the Streambar as a speaker only?

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RokuDanny-R
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Re: Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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@lsantos13 @gfharders

Thanks for the inquiry.

The optical input on the Roku Streambar is for connecting the Streambar to the TV in the event that the TV does not have a HDMI ARC connection, in which case you would need both an optical cable and a HDMI cable to connect the device.

For more information about the Roku Streambar, visit our Support page here: Learn about Streambar


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Danny

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gfharders
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Re: Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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I would like hear about this too.  I already have the  Roku Ultra for streaming and am thinking about getting the Streambar for sound only.  Is this possible and, if so, do I only need to use the optical cable?  Thanks...

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RokuDanny-R
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Re: Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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@lsantos13 @gfharders

Thanks for the inquiry.

The optical input on the Roku Streambar is for connecting the Streambar to the TV in the event that the TV does not have a HDMI ARC connection, in which case you would need both an optical cable and a HDMI cable to connect the device.

For more information about the Roku Streambar, visit our Support page here: Learn about Streambar


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Danny

Danny R.
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gfharders
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Re: Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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Danny…Thanks for your reply,  

Just to verify,  I need to use an HDMI cable (either ARC or not) even though I plan to only use the Streambar’s audio capability and will not be using it for video streaming (I will use my Roku Ultra).  Is that correct?

Thanks…Grant 

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Tivoburkee
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Re: Roku Streambar as a standalone speaker

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I use roku streambar as my computer speakers. I have analog phonoplug 3.5mm out of my computer to analog to digital converter. Out of the converter is optical attached to my Roku streambar, works great. The computer is attached to monitor without audio. I also have the computer and streambar connected to 1 in 2 out hdmi switch, press a button and I can see the roku streambar home screen on the monitor. Don't which video on the monitor from the streambar, just use it for pandora and other audio channels. So yes it can be used as just a speaker but you will have to set the roku account and pair the remote for it to work. But you don't have to sign in to channels you aren't going to be using. 

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