Why To Setup A Dolby Sound System For Your Roku Device Now!
Movie time is one of the best times that you can enjoy with friends and family. For a great streaming experience, you need impeccable video and audio. A Roku device makes sure you have the best streaming experience in terms of quality videos. However, you may need a separate Dolby Sound System to hear every minute detail. There are several channel partners on the Roku platform that provide content in surround sound. Therefore, you need a suitable external audio device to really enjoy all that Roku has to offer you.
Channel partners that support surround sound
To be honest, there are numerous channels across genres that support this feature. We will however restrict the list to movie channels here.
Netflix – the audio format in which the channel provides content is Dolby digital plus and stereo.
VUDU – the channel supports almost three different surround sound formats. They are Dolby digital, Dolby digital plus and Dolby Atmos.
Amazon and Hulu – again, these two channels provide content that vary in the audio formats. The surround sound format depends on the movie or TV show that you stream.
Setting up your Roku for surround sound
Make note that you require an AVR or a sound bar in case your TV is not surround sound compatible. If your TV does support surround sound, then you can directly connect the streaming player to your TV. Make use of a high speed HDMI cable to establish this connection for best results. Otherwise, make use of a HDMI cable or an optical connector to connect the Roku to the AVR/sound bar.
Method 1 – connecting the AVR/sound bar to your Roku
Technically you can connect the AVR to your TV or your Roku whichever is convenient for you. The output however will remain the same in both methods.
- You can use either a HDMI or an optical cable to establish the connection between the Roku and the AVR.
- Connect one end of the chosen cable to your streaming device and the other end to the AVR.
- In case of a streaming stick, you cannot use an optical cable.
- But instead, you will directly plug in the streaming stick in the HDMI port of your AVR.
- Similarly you can make a connection between the AVR and your TV using an HDMI or optical cable.
- It is however recommended to use cables uniformly. For example, do not use a HDMI between the Roku and the AVR and an optical cable between the AVR and your TV.
Turn on your TV and stream from a surround sound supported channel. Check if you are getting the output from your AVR/sound bar and not from your TV.
Method 2 – connecting the AVR/sound bar and Roku directly to your TV
If you do not want to disturb any existing connections for your Roku player, then use this technique.
- You can use either HDMI or optical cables to establish the connection between the devices.
- However, try to make uniform selections to get the best audio output.
- Assuming that the Roku is already connected, connect the AVR to another HDMI port on your TV.
- You can also use the optical cable connection for this purpose.
Stream a surround sound supporting channel such as Netflix or Vudu to verify the output.
All this said, you definitely need a Dolby sound system at home to complement your Roku streaming experience.