There is no better way to enjoy watching movies or TV Series with your whole family other than using projectors. Nowadays people prefer projectors over big-screen televisions for home entertainment as it supports better eye health. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a better sound experience from your projector with the help of speakers! In today’s article, we are going to educate you about the different ways to connect a Projector to your Speakers.
Every projector comes with its own unique set of outputs and inputs, which allows you to connect a projector to your speakers, either directly or indirectly, depending upon the equipment you’re using. If you are looking for a basic Projector Setup, then it involves the built-in speaker or connecting the speakers directly to the projector. Whereas a more complicated Home Theatre system consists of an A/V receiver that not only monitors the video but also passes the audio signal to the speakers.
Here are 4 different ways you can connect a Projector to your speaker in no time:
1.Standalone Stereo Speakers
This is the easiest option that uses a pair of stereo speakers (powered speakers).
A soundbar is basically just a set of powered speakers incorporated in a single unit.
3. Bluetooth Speakers
If your projector supports Bluetooth, then you can easily connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled speaker.
4. A/V Receiver
This method is a bit complicated. Your mode of content i.e your DVD or Blu-ray player or other media needs to be connected to the speakers which serve as a receiver and video is output from the Receiver to your projector. You can also involve other components like an amplifier.
Here are the types of connections you can use to connect Projector to your Speakers:
- RCA Connectors:
If your projector has the option to connect RCA Connector, then you can easily connect to stereo speakers. Each speaker needs one cable. Your projector might also have RCA video inputs, which can be used for either one for composite video or three for component video.
- Stereo Audio Jack
This is the oldest form of audio as it’s been here for decades. It is found in most phones and headphones and earbuds even now. You are going to need a 3.5 mm TRRS cable that can send a stereo signal to a set of standalone speakers or a soundbar.
You can make use of the soundbar for a better sound experience if your projector has optical or TOSLINK output. This option provides a better sound quality as compared to RCA or TRRS connection.
If you have a Bluetooth-enabled speaker and your projector supports Bluetooth, then you can easily connect both of them with no additional cables or components. The connection is wireless and requires no technical expertise. However, Bluetooth has one demerit and that is, audio over Bluetooth is slightly lower quality than the other options.
How to Connect a Projector to Stereo Speakers
If you want to connect your projector to your stereo speakers for a better sound experience, then you need to purchase powered speakers that are specially created for this purpose. We don’t need the speakers that connect to an A/V Receiver or amplifier as it won’t work. You have to carefully inspect the speakers in order to see what type of audio connection they use.
If the speakers are wired with each other, then you need a single 3.5 mm audio cable to connect with a projector. But nowadays most of these speakers require a separate left and right channel RCA connection.
If your projector only has a 3.5 mm audio output, and your speakers have the option of RCA inputs, then you need to buy a 3.5 mm to 2x RCA stereo audio splitter.
Here’s how you can connect a Projector to Stereo Speakers in 4 easy steps:
- Position the speakers where you want them to be and plug them into power or insert the batteries.
- Connect an audio cable to one of the audio output options located on your projector.
- Connect the other end of the cable to your speakers. Please note that each speaker might require a separate connector. So you need to connect an adaptor to the audio cable.
- Adjust the volume on your projector. Please note that some powered speakers have to be turned on and include a volume control. So kindly make sure that the speakers are turned on to enable sound.
How to Connect a Projector to a Soundbar
Connecting a projector to a soundbar is a lot similar to connecting to Stereo speakers. Many soundbars include an optical option like TOSLINK, in addition to a stereo audio jack and stereo RCA connectors. You should buy that kind of projector and soundbar that support an optical connection. The only exception is if your projector has an HDMI out and your soundbar has an HDMI in.
Here’s how you can connect a Projector to a Soundbar in 5 easy steps:
- Position the soundbar where you want it to be and plug it into power.
- Connect an audio cable to one of the output options on your projector. An optical connection would be advisable.
- Connect the other end of the cable to your soundbar.
- Turn the soundbar on.
- Now adjust the volume of the soundbar as per your liking. Please note that if your projector has a low-quality built-in speaker and you want a better sound experience, then you can mute it after you’ve connected the soundbar.
How to Connect a Projector with an A/V Receiver
There are many ways to connect a projector with an A/V receiver. It involves connecting all your audio and video inputs to the receiver, thereby connecting speakers to the A/V receiver and then playing the video in the projector via HDMI. In that case, the speakers connect to the A/V receiver and the projector is connected to the receiver. Please keep in mind that the speaker and projector can’t be connected directly.
Here’s how you can connect a Projector to an A/V Receiver in 5 easy steps:
- Connect all of your speakers to the receiver with the help of a speaker wire or coaxial cables.
- Connect the audio and video inputs to your A/V receiver, which includes laptops, gaming consoles, CD players, DVD players, Blu-ray players or anything else.
- Plug an HDMI cable into one of the video outputs of the A/V receiver.
- Plug the other end of the cable into the video input on your projector.
- Set the A/V receiver source to your desired input, and the video output to your projector. Please note that if your projector has built-in apps or you wish to connect your operating device directly to the projector, then you can connect an HDMI output on your projector to an HDMI input in your receiver. You can also connect the projector to your receiver with the help of an optical cable. In that case, you’ll need to set the A/V receiver’s source to the appropriate additional input to get sound from the projector to the receiver.
How to Connect a Projector to Bluetooth Speaker
If your projector has a Bluetooth option available, then you don’t need to worry about anything. This method needs no other interference of other electronic devices, instead, you get a wireless hassle-free experience. However, Bluetooth connection does affect the sound quality. Bluetooth gives a slightly lower sound quality than the other wired connections.
Here’s how you can connect a Projector with a Bluetooth Speaker in 3 easy steps:
- Turn on the Bluetooth Speaker and switch on the pairing mode.
- Change the setting menu on your projector to enable Bluetooth and search for the speaker.
- Accept the connection. Also, the paired devices will connect instantly if both of them are powered on in the future.
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