Article ID : 00012944 / Last Modified : 11/09/2021

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 or optical cable.

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    ARC features

    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.
    • Control functions that allow features such as using one remote for multiple devices.

    To connect an ARC-compatible audio system to an ARC-compatible TV, a high-speed HDMI cable must be connected from the TV HDMI (ARC) IN port on the TV to the HDMI (ARC) OUT port on the A/V Receiver or Soundbar:

    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


    • A High Speed HDMI Cable is needed to enable the ARC function.

      High Speed HDMI Cable

    • Check your manual for model-specific information.