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How to Connect Your Gaming Console and External Audio to Your BenQ Projector

BenQ
2021/07/07
How to Connect Your Gaming Console and External Audio to Your BenQ Projector

Any true gamer will tell you that creating a truly immersive gaming experience involves taking advantage of the next level visuals and audio that your gaming console can deliver. For users of BenQ gaming projectors, the visual side of the equation is already covered; but what about the audio side? With an array of options available on the market which you can choose from to complete your gaming setup, from soundbars to traditional speakers to AV receivers (AVR), figuring out how to connect each type of sound system to your projector and gaming console, whether it’s a Sony PS5/PS4, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox Series, will be a key part to your decision-making process.

To help make the available options clear and concise, this article will detail how to connect the main components in various audio setups so that you can further enhance the sound from your gaming console. The scenarios described below include:

NOTE: The level of support for the connections described below may vary depending on the model used. Before making the connections please check the product specifications for your particular model and ensure that the features mentioned below are present and/or supported.

No External Audio

If you don’t have any external speakers to connect, you can simply connect the HDMI output port of your gaming console to the projector’s HDMI input port and use its internal speakers to broadcast the game’s audio.

No External Audio

In such a scenario only 2-channel audio will be supported.

Connecting a Soundbar with HDMI ARC

To connect a gaming console to a soundbar that supports HDMI ARC, connect the HDMI output port on the console to the HDMI input port on the projector to broadcast the video, and then connect the HDMI ARC output port on the projector to the HDMI ARC port on the soundbar.

Connecting a Soundbar with HDMI ARC

The level of support for multi-channel audio will depend on both the specifications of both the projector and soundbar.

Connecting a Soundbar or AVR with Both HDMI Input and Output Ports

If you have a soundbar or AVR setup that features both HDMI input and output ports, connect the HDMI output port on the gaming console to the HDMI input port on the soundbar/AVR, and then connect the HDMI output port on the soundbar/AVR to the HDMI ARC port on the projector.

Connecting a Soundbar or AVR with Both HDMI Input and Output Ports

The level of support for multi-channel audio in this scenario will depend on if the soundbar/AVR supports ARC.

Connecting a Soundbar, AVR, or Speakers without HDMI Ports

If your soundbar, AVR setup, or speakers do not feature HDMI ports, connect the HDMI output port on the gaming console to the HDMI input port on the projector, and then connect the audio output (either SPDIF or 3.5mm jack) to the corresponding input jack on the soundbar/AVR/speakers.

Connecting a Soundbar, AVR, or Speakers without HDMI Ports

The level of support for multi-channel audio in this scenario will depend on the specifications of the soundbar/AVR/speakers and the projector.

Connecting a Soundbar, AVR, or Speakers without HDMI Ports and a Projector Without Audio Output options

If your soundbar, AVR setup, or speakers do not feature HDMI ports and your projector does not feature any audio out options, you will need to utilize an additional audio extractor. With such an accessory you would connect the HDMI output port on the gaming console to the HDMI input port on the audio extractor, then connect the HDMI output port on the extractor to the HDMI input port on the projector while connecting the respective audio output jack on the extractor (e.g. SPDIF, 3.5mm, or Coaxial) to the corresponding audio input jack on the soundbar/AVR/speakers.

Connecting a Soundbar, AVR, or Speakers without HDMI Ports and a Projector Without Audio Output options

In this scenario the level of support for multi-channel audio will depend on the soundbar/AVR/speakers.

Greater Versatility with BenQ Projectors

As can be seen above, there are many avenues for top-notch audio which your next-gen gaming console allows for, and with BenQ projectors, there is a diversity of connectivity options to complement this, including multiple ports that bring you more versatility with your gaming setup. With the most up-to-date versions of HDMI to connect to your console and the availability of HDMI ARC for your soundbar, the choices are there for you.

HDMI Version HDMI 1.4 HDMI 2.0 HDMI 2.0b HDMI 2.1
HDMI Version
Optimal
Gaming
Resolution
HDMI 1.4
1080p*
HDMI 2.0
4K
HDMI 2.0b
4K
HDMI 2.1
8K
HDMI Version
Transmission
Bandwidth
HDMI 1.4
10.2Gbps
HDMI 2.0
18Gbps
HDMI 2.0b
18Gbps
HDMI 2.1
48Gbps
HDMI Version
Audiovisual
Enhancement
HDMI 1.4
Audio Return Channel
(ARC) added that
eliminated the need for a
separate audio cable
HDMI 2.0
Allowed the
transmission of
up to 32 audio
channels
HDMI 2.0b
Added support for
HDR
HDMI 2.1
Dynamic HDR
and Enhanced
Audio Return
Channel (eARC)

* HDCP 2.2 not supported

Note: eARC supports the latest high-bitrate audio formats such as DTS-HD Master Audio™, DTS:X®, Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby Atmos®. Please check that your speaker, receiver, soundbar, disc or other essentials are all supportive as well.

Furthermore, once you have figured out the best way to optimize the audio, BenQ projector TK700STi not only specially-designed its HDMI 2.0 port to support eARC, but its gaming projectors also give you specially-tuned gaming modes to ensure that the visuals are on par with the enhanced audio. Thereby, completing your gaming experience once and for all.

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