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Full Guide: How to transfer sound from PC to TV using HDMI cables (and DisplayPort adapter)

You can easily transfer sound on your PC to your TV – all you need is a HDMI cable. If your card does not support HDMI, then there are a bunch of adapters you can use

You can easily transfer sound using HDMI – HDMI is capable of transferring both video and sound, so it’s the best solution out there if you want the highest quality

1 Get a HDMI cable – Tip: AmazonBasics

1. Step Make sure you have a HDMI cable. If you don’t have, buy a cheap one from Amazon. I usually choose the AmazonBasics brand, they are the cheapest and most reliable cables you can buy. Also make sure to double-check the length!! If you buy a short HDMI cable you might regret it later

Good choice:

Picture: Typical HDMI connector – very solid, high-quality cable:
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2 Does your TV have a HDMI port?

Make sure your TV has a HDMI port – else this won’t work. Read your TV manual

3 Does your graphic card have a HDMI port? If not, we need one more adapter!

A lot of new AMD cards use DisplayPort and/or DVI-D – both are very reliable, but unfortunately they are not able to transfer sound and can only transfer video. The solution? Buy an adapter that can convert HDMI signals to DisplayPort

I went with this one from HP and it works quite well for me. It does transfer sound quite nicely

4 Connect Your TV Using the HDMI Cable + Optional Adapter

After connecting everything, you should receive a question asking you to configure your sound devices, if not proceed below

0. Right-click on your Desktop and select Screen Resolution

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1. Step Select the TV (1) and verify the name as seen below (2)

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2. Step Next, from the dropdown select Extend desktop to this display

3. Step Ok, now click Apply!!

4. Step If everything went smoothly, Windows 7 or 8 will now show a popup “Audio Display Enabled” (You have enabled a display that support audio playback). If it doesn’t you might be in trouble and your TV might not support HDMI audio playback

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5. Step Click on Configure to see if your monitor is listed then follow step 6

6. Step If your PC does recognize your TV and it is properly connected (make sure the TV is turned on!) then it will list your TV as a playback device. Right-click on the Volume icon in your system tray and select Playback devices

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7. Step Alright, now you should see a TV e.g. LG TV or whatever brand you use and right-click on it – then select “Set as default device”

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8. Step Ok, we’re almost done. Go start a video and turn the volume up (on the tv!) and see if it works

9. Step If it does, congratz, well done! If not, post a question below

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Published: Friday, February 13th, 2015 Last Modified: February 13, 2015

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