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Best way to connect a Roku to A/V receiver
« on: April 26, 2020, 12:59:14 PM »
So I’m now using Roku devices for all my TV viewing. No more cable boxes. The Roku I am using in my HT room only has HDMI out. Older Rokus had more connection options? So I think I only have two options and wondering which is best.

- an HDMI splitter
- optical out of my TV to receiver

The receiver I am using does not have ARC, so connecting Roku directly to receiver is not an option.

Thanks.
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Re: Best way to connect a Roku to A/V receiver
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2020, 12:39:41 PM »
So I’m now using Roku devices for all my TV viewing. No more cable boxes. The Roku I am using in my HT room only has HDMI out. Older Rokus had more connection options? So I think I only have two options and wondering which is best.

- an HDMI splitter
- optical out of my TV to receiver

The receiver I am using does not have ARC, so connecting Roku directly to receiver is not an option.

Thanks.

You may run into HDCP issues when using a splitter.  I'm not sure, as I haven't tried it myself.  The optical out might be your best bet, but you may have to go into your TV and adjust "lip sync" or some similarly-named audio delay compensation setting.

If and when you are ready to upgrade your receiver and take advantage of ARC, I have had fantastic performance from my Denon AVR-S710W.  It's a 7.1 channel home theater receiver, but I just use it with a stereo pair.  The Audessey room compensation is really slick. 

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My model is discontinued, but this one appears to be the closest.  Or, if you don't need the extra channels, this one looks like it would be just as good.  I wouldn't get the $199 model just because the speaker connections are spring terminals instead of binding posts.
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Re: Best way to connect a Roku to A/V receiver
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 07:52:16 AM »
Thanks Volt. For now I’m using the optical out from the Hitachi TV and it seems to work fine. I do see an upgrade in the future. I appreciate the links. My old Yamaha 661 is good but lacking ARC.
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Re: Best way to connect a Roku to A/V receiver
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2020, 06:57:29 AM »
Thanks Volt. For now I’m using the optical out from the Hitachi TV and it seems to work fine. I do see an upgrade in the future. I appreciate the links. My old Yamaha 661 is good but lacking ARC.

Glad the optical out works.  I always forget those ports are there on modern TVs!
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Re: Best way to connect a Roku to A/V receiver
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2020, 02:16:57 PM »
Buy a new receiver with ARC.  Roku works flawlessly with ARC. 

I have my Roku working with an Amazon Echo/Alexa.  I say, "Alexa, turn on Roku".  Then suddenly:  my tv, receiver (arc), and roku all turn at once.  The Roku goes directly into SlingTV.  And I never touched a remote. lol 

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