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What Is the Audio Return Channel (ARC) Feature?

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The Audio Return Channel (ARC) connects your TV and audio system with a single High Speed HDMI® cable and eliminates the need for an additional composite audio cable or optical cable.

Connecting an ARC-compatible audio system to an ARC-compatible TV allows the following:

  • Send audio from the TV to the audio system.
  • View and listen to movies and other content sent from the audio system and viewed on the TV.

To connect an ARC-compatible audio system to an ARC-compatible TV:

HDMI ARC compatible

An additional optical or analog audio cable is required to send sound to the audio system if either the TV or audio system isn't ARC-compatible:

Connection when either the TV or audio system isn't ARC-compatible

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