How to Connect All kind of External Speakers and Soundbars to Projector

An excellent visual experience is incomplete without a proper audio output, and most of the inbuilt speakers of projectors come with low quality or low volume output. Well, you won’t love to experience movies in silent mode either.

So getting a speaker or soundbar connected to the projector is the best option as it will not only give you the cinematic experience you want but will also deliver high volume audio.

But now you must be wondering how to connect speakers/soundbar to a projector?  We have figured it out for you and created a detailed guide that will assist you in getting sound out of the speaker while you are enjoying a movie or watching a football match.

Whether you want to connect stereo speakers, soundbar, AV receivers, or Bluetooth speakers, we have created separate guides for each and every speaker system.

However, you should remember that not all projector comes with Bluetooth connectivity, so check the compatibility before buying; otherwise, you might have to buy a Bluetooth dongle separately.

Here are all the processes that will guide you to connect external speakers to the projector and experience an excellent audio output.

Connect A Speaker to Projector

Step by Step Process of Connecting Stereo Speaker, Soundbar, AV Receiver, Home Theater Sound System, and Bluetooth Speaker to Your Projector

The process of connecting an audio device to your projector might seem like a tricky technical task, but it is quite simple if you go through the following processes.

You will agree with the fact that inbuilt speakers give a lot of flexibility, but it certainly can’t match the audio quality offered by external speakers.

So based on your audio requirement and the type of audio device you are going to purchase or have already purchased, we have stated different ways.

So let’s start with the most standard speaker system;

How to Connect  Stereo Speaker To The Projector

Well, making a connection between your projector and the stereo speaker is a straightforward process, and it would take a few minutes to complete the setup.

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Most of the modern stereo system comes with interconnected speakers while some models come with separate right and left jacks.

  1. To connect such a speaker system with separate jacks, you need a coaxial cable or audio jack to create a single jack.
  2. All the modern speakers generally come with a single 3.5mm cable, and you just have to put it in the audio-out port of the speaker to complete the connection.
  3. Besides the 3.5mm cable, some speakers might also come with TOSLINK or component/composite audio cable, so you should connect it to the projector accordingly.
  4. The projector will automatically detect the speaker and will play the sound coming from the media device.

However, if you don’t hear any sound coming out from the speaker, then check the connection or go to the setting to check whether the audio source has been set to the audio port.

If you use Amazon TV Firestick or any portable media box instead of HDTV or laptop to play the content, then you definitely need a stereo speaker.

If you find any compatibility issues, then you can also use the media device audio port to get the projector’s audio to the external speaker.

The process is simple.  You just have to plug the intended audio cable into the media device’s audio-out port.

Remember, the audio device will play the video only if you connected the media device to the projector through HDMI. See connecting stereo speakers to a projector is that easy!

How to Connect Soundbar To The Projector

Instead of using a stereo speaker, if you want to utilize the portability of a soundbar, then connecting a soundbar to the projector won’t be a problem.

Soundbars come in different forms, and they are widely used as soundbar amps or basic amplifiers to enhance the sound coming from the inbuilt audio.

The process of establishing an audio connection from the soundbar to the projector is quite the same as stereo speakers.

A soundbar comes with different compatibility ports like

  • 5mm
  • USB
  • RCA
  • HDMI, and many more

and depending upon the port availability, you should complete the connection. While connecting the ports, make sure the cable is correctly inserted in the port; otherwise, you will get a low output quality or fuzzy audio disturbance.

However, it would be best to check the port compatibility of your projector before buying the soundbar.

Some modern soundbars with specialized connection options might face difficulty with an old projector, so it’s best to avoid them.

If you still want to use a soundbar with your old projector, then you can use an adapter or converter to play the audio.

If you are planning for the soundbar, then we will suggest you get it over stereo speakers as they are portable and offer better value for money.

Plus, the audio quality delivered by most high-quality soundbar amps is outstanding and ensures a terrific cinematic experience.

Unlike stereo speakers, soundbars don’t mute the inbuilt speaker of your projector to act as a standalone audio device.

Instead, it utilizes both the audio system by keeping both the devices switched on to enhance the audio quality.

How to Connect  AV Receiver To The Projector

Want to connect a BenQ or Epson projector to the external speaker? You can use an AV or A/V receiver to set up your projector with a powerful loudspeaker.

connect av receiver to the projector - step by step process of connecting external audio sources for projector

An AV receiver is basically an audio and electronic video component, and its main job is to receive both audio and video signals from different sources.

AV comes with a powerful processing system where it amplifies the audio signal to play audio out of the speaker at an optimum quality without causing any downgrade.

  1. First, you need to turn off all the devices, including the projector
  2. then connect the audio cable to the audio-out port of your projector
  3. Once you have connected the audio cable to the projector, then connect the other end to the Aux-In port located at the back of the AV receiver.
  4. After completing the connection, then switch on the projector as well as AVR
  5. Then locate the Source button on AVR and hold it until the display panel of the control shows the Aux option

The AVR will automatically detect the cable and will show an alert or produce sound. Once the connection is made, then play a video on the projector, and you will hear the sound of it.

Tips: Use a short cable rather than a long one as it often causes signal loss. Most importantly, use high-quality cables instead of cheap ones available in the market as they tend to ruin the whole sound quality.

How to Connect Home Theater Sound System To The Projector

Home theater sound systems serve as the best audio device if you want to enjoy a cinematic experience at home.

However, it is slightly trickier to connect home theater sound systems than a regular stereo speaker or soundbar, which requires the only cable to complete the setup.

Using the AV receiver serves as the most popular choice for setting up the home theater system with the projector.

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You can also utilize varied types of matrix switches or splitters to set up the connection with the sound system and projector so that the video and audio are adequately channelized.

An AVR is a good option for connecting your home theater system to a projector as it can act as an audio matrix switch to split the video and audio signal.

Importantly, you can also utilize it along with a matrix switcher to easily play audio through the speaker. However, if you don’t want to invest in an AVR, then splitter, switch, and matrix switch would be ideal for you.

If you are connecting through HDMI, using a splitter, you can channelize the audio signal to audio signal and video signal to the projector.

On the other hand, a switch allows you to increase the number of media source devices you can hook to the projector.

A matrix switch will come in handy if you are using a large home theater system that comes with numerous small units and an intricate connection.

How to Connect Bluetooth Speaker To The Projector

Going wireless connectivity with a Bluetooth speaker is the smartest choice you can make to enjoy excellent audio while watching a movie.

However, before diving into the process of finalizing the Epson, Optomar, or BenQ projectors connection to an external speaker, you will have to check whether your projector supports Bluetooth or not.

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If your projector doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity, then you can either use a Bluetooth dongle or connect the speaker to a PC or laptop with Bluetooth.

The process of connecting your Bluetooth speaker to the projector doesn’t require much effort, and it won’t take more than a few minutes to establish the connection.

  1. In the beginning, you will have to turn on the Bluetooth of both speaker and projector.
  2. You also need to make sure that no other Bluetooth device is turned on at that time.
  3. While connecting, put the speaker in discoverable mode, and the projector will automatically detect the speaker.
  4. Then click on the speaker’s name on the Bluetooth list, and it will get paired.

If the projector fails to detect the Bluetooth, then reset the connection and try again. Once connected, the speaker will automatically play all the sound from the videos played by the projector.

Final Thoughts on Connecting Speakers to Projectors

We can conclude this guide by saying that always check the compatibility of your projector and speaker before trying to connect them.

Having an external speaker not only elevates the audio quality but also takes your visual experience to the next level.

Through this guide, we have tried to provide all the details needed to connect different types of speakers to your projector.

Apart from Bluetooth, we haven’t covered any wireless connectivity as only a few projectors and speakers come with Wi-Fi compatibility.


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