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krby
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With only Roku content, is ARC or optical required for Soundbar and Streambar?

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Let's assume the Roku Streambar is my only source for my TV. I connect via a non-ARC HDMI port. For streaming content coming from the Roku, do I need a return path for the audio? If so, why? Couldn't the Roku just play the audio itself and send the video on to the TV via HDMI?

Part of this is just my curiosity, and part of it is practical. The practical part is that I have a TV with ARC supported on one HDMI port, but a higher refresh rate (no ARC) on another HDMI part. 

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Tivoburkee
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Re: With only Roku content, is ARC or optical required for Soundbar and Streambar?

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NO, you do not need a hdmi-arc or optical if you only source is the streambar itself. It will work fine. 

Edmund

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Tivoburkee
Level 21

Re: With only Roku content, is ARC or optical required for Soundbar and Streambar?

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NO, you do not need a hdmi-arc or optical if you only source is the streambar itself. It will work fine. 

Edmund

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