Creating an immersive experience for the gaming industry has been a long-sought goal for many people around the world. For some, taking gaming or streaming with a PS5 to the next level is to venture into the world of audio and sound bar. For some, this may be the only thing missing and may be the solution they were looking for.
you can connect a ps5 to a sound bar if the sound bar has an hdmi input and an arc port/hdmi output. The best way is to connect the ps5 to the hdmi input of the tv and the soundbar to the hdmi arc/earc port of the tv. doing this will prevent the video from lagging and allow the ps5 to perform better.
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It’s still a good idea to use some modern audio features, like a sound bar, but make sure you use them correctly. As we mentioned, creating an immersive experience has been the goal for the producer and the consumer.
how to connect a ps5 to a soundbar (or your tv)
The first thing you’ll need to know is if your soundbar has both an HDMI input and an HDMI Output/HDMI ARC port. If the soundbar does not have both an HDMI input and HDMI output/ARC, you’ll have to connect your soundbar to the HDMI ARC port on your TV and the PS5 to any other HDMI input on the TV. This is the most common way to connect a soundbar, but there is another way as well.
If your sound bar has both an hdmi input and hdmi output/hdmi arc port, you can now connect your ps5 to the sound bar. First, you will need to connect the ps5 to the hdmi input on the soundbar, then connect the soundbar’s hdmi output to the hdmi arc port on your TV.
This method can be tricky if you have a newer 4k 120hz compatible TV. There aren’t many TVs out there that support 120hz yet, but the downside is that right now, no sound bars support 4k 120hz downscaling.
even a top tier soundbar like the klipsch cinema 1200 (on amazon) only supports 4k 60hz. So in this scenario, it is better to connect the soundbar to the hdmi arc port on the tv and the ps5 to any other hdmi input on the tv.
how to enable surround sound in ps5 audio settings
The next step in maximizing your experience is to make sure you’re using the proper settings to use surround sound. The steps are relatively easy to follow and will guide you to a seamless experience in your next game.
As soon as you have your ps5, sound bar and TV connected and turned on, you can follow the steps below:
- in your ps5 settings menu, select sound.
- you will want to select audio output → hdmi device type → sound bar.
- then you can adjust Position the speaker and create a layout to match your audio layout.
- Finally, scroll down to the bottom to select the audio format → dolby.
If you follow these quick and easy steps, you’ll be ready to maximize your gaming experience.
will a soundbar cause any input lag for ps5
the only time you will encounter input lag is when you have your ps5 connected directly to the soundbar and the soundbar connected to the tv. the reason you have this lag is because the sound bar can’t effectively pass through to the tv without delay. this can often be due to the quality of the soundbar or the age of the soundbar.
With a high quality soundbar, 4k 60hz is often supported and will offer a near seamless transition to the TV screen. Often any soundbar that has an HDMI input and an HDMI arch will have no problem handling video.