How exactly do you connect a PS5 to a tv and an AVR ??

dimmy32

Member
JUST got a new PS% and a new tv last night. I havent bought an AVR yet, but I want to set up a 5.1 surround sound system. Tv is a Sony X900H, so it has an HDMI 2.1 port.
Do I plug the PS5 into the tv or recevier ? or tv and PS5 into the AVR ? The tv has only one 2.1 HDMI ...so I'm pretty confused on what recveiver to buy, and where everything plugs into. I've looked online for this as well...everything seems kinda all over the place. Please dumb it down for me. :)
 

MarcoDB

Active Member
Congratulations on getting hold of a PS5!

In simple terms, yes you plug your PS5 into an HDMI input on your AVR and your TV into an HDMI output on your AVR.

The AVR will pass the video through to the TV and will play the 5.1 (or 7.1) surround sound itself.

Your TV should recognise that there is an AVR connected to it and use the AVR speakers for playing sound rather than its own speakers. The volume buttons on your TV remote control should control the AVR speaker volume so you don't need to use two remote controls

The AVR will have an input selector which you use to choose which HDMI input you want to listen to and watch on the TV. You can select inputs using the the AVR remote control. Depending on which AVR you get, it may automatically switch HDMI input to the one that the PS5 is connected to when you switch on the PS5.

Slightly more detailed information:

I have a Sony STR-DN1080 which has eight HDMI ports on the back.

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The six HDMI ports on the left are Inputs, which is what you you connect your PS5 to; there's a port labeled "GAME", 5th from the left, which I've highlighted in red.

The two HDMI ports on the right are Outputs (some AVRs may only have one HDMI output port), which is what you connect your TV to; it's labeled "TV" and is on the right hand side which I've highlighted in yellow.

[PS5] ===> [AVR Game In]-<>-[AVR TV Out]===>[TV]

Remember that you will need an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the AVR in addition to the HDMI cable that connects the PS5 to the AVR.

I have connected my PS5 exactly as described above and it "just worked" without me having to do anything. There are advanced settings that you can use to fine tune things, but you should be OK with the defaults to start with.
 

leamspaceman

Distinguished Member
If your AVR is HDMI 2.1 then PS5 to AVR via HDMI then AVR to TV's HDMI 2.1 via HDMI.

If your AVR is HDMI 2.0, then PS5 to TV's HDMI 2.1 and TV ARC to AVR via HDMI.
 

leamspaceman

Distinguished Member
Congratulations on getting hold of a PS5!

In simple terms, yes you plug your PS5 into an HDMI input on your AVR and your TV into an HDMI output on your AVR.

The AVR will pass the video through to the TV and will play the 5.1 (or 7.1) surround sound itself.

Your TV should recognise that there is an AVR connected to it and use the AVR speakers for playing sound rather than its own speakers. The volume buttons on your TV remote control should control the AVR speaker volume so you don't need to use two remote controls

The AVR will have an input selector which you use to choose which HDMI input you want to listen to and watch on the TV. You can select inputs using the the AVR remote control. Depending on which AVR you get, it may automatically switch HDMI input to the one that the PS5 is connected to when you switch on the PS5.

Slightly more detailed information:

I have a Sony STR-DN1080 which has eight HDMI ports on the back.

View attachment 1503421

The six HDMI ports on the left are Inputs, which is what you you connect your PS5 to; there's a port labeled "GAME", 5th from the left, which I've highlighted in red.

The two HDMI ports on the right are Outputs (some AVRs may only have one HDMI output port), which is what you connect your TV to; it's labeled "TV" and is on the right hand side which I've highlighted in yellow.

[PS5] ===> [AVR Game In]-<>-[AVR TV Out]===>[TV]

Remember that you will need an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the AVR in addition to the HDMI cable that connects the PS5 to the AVR.

I have connected my PS5 exactly as described above and it "just worked" without me having to do anything. There are advanced settings that you can use to fine tune things, but you should be OK with the defaults to start with.
I think the OP is wanting advice on how to connect in the most simplistic way whilst utilising HDMI 2.1 on the TV.

But... it will depend on the AVR and whether it is 2.0 or 2.1.
 

dimmy32

Member
I think the OP is wanting advice on how to connect in the most simplistic way whilst utilising HDMI 2.1 on the TV.

But... it will depend on the AVR and whether it is 2.0 or 2.1.
Congratulations on getting hold of a PS5!

In simple terms, yes you plug your PS5 into an HDMI input on your AVR and your TV into an HDMI output on your AVR.

The AVR will pass the video through to the TV and will play the 5.1 (or 7.1) surround sound itself.

Your TV should recognise that there is an AVR connected to it and use the AVR speakers for playing sound rather than its own speakers. The volume buttons on your TV remote control should control the AVR speaker volume so you don't need to use two remote controls

The AVR will have an input selector which you use to choose which HDMI input you want to listen to and watch on the TV. You can select inputs using the the AVR remote control. Depending on which AVR you get, it may automatically switch HDMI input to the one that the PS5 is connected to when you switch on the PS5.

Slightly more detailed information:

I have a Sony STR-DN1080 which has eight HDMI ports on the back.

View attachment 1503421

The six HDMI ports on the left are Inputs, which is what you you connect your PS5 to; there's a port labeled "GAME", 5th from the left, which I've highlighted in red.

The two HDMI ports on the right are Outputs (some AVRs may only have one HDMI output port), which is what you connect your TV to; it's labeled "TV" and is on the right hand side which I've highlighted in yellow.

[PS5] ===> [AVR Game In]-<>-[AVR TV Out]===>[TV]

Remember that you will need an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the AVR in addition to the HDMI cable that connects the PS5 to the AVR.

I have connected my PS5 exactly as described above and it "just worked" without me having to do anything. There are advanced settings that you can use to fine tune things, but you should be OK with the defaults to start with.
Thanks very much Marco, you've saved me alot of stress and headaches. This is exactly what I needed to know.... :)
 

MarcoDB

Active Member
If your AVR is HDMI 2.1 then PS5 to AVR via HDMI then AVR to TV's HDMI 2.1 via HDMI.

If your AVR is HDMI 2.0, then PS5 to TV's HDMI 2.1 and TV ARC to AVR via HDMI.

Agreed. Especially as the X900H supports 120Hz refresh rate which does require HDMI 2.1 :thumbsup:

I think the OP is wanting advice on how to connect in the most simplistic way whilst utilising HDMI 2.1 on the TV.

But... it will depend on the AVR and whether it is 2.0 or 2.1.

I read it that he was confused about how an AVR connects / operates and wanted a very simple explanation of how you connect it up, but yes HDMI 2.1 pass through (or lack of it) does complicate things

For an HDMI 2.0 AVR could use (e)ARC to route the audio from the TV back to the AVR and be able to use the HDMI 2.1 120Hz on the PS5.

If the OP is not bothered about 120Hz refresh rate gaming (yet to be enabled in PS5 firmware) and is happy with 60Hz then connecting the PS5 via an AVR shouldn't be an issue. Recent-ish HDMI 2.0 AVRs can pass through 4K 60Hz HDR reliably.

I believe that the X900H should automatically recognise the AVR and configure the audio output accordingly, although I've read comments on several forums saying that may be unreliable with certain AVRs or SoundBars.

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MarcoDB

Active Member
I plan on getting an AVR with HDMI 2.1. Not sure which one works with a PS5 tho...

Unfortunatly it's not clear which AVRs will properly / reliably support HDMI 2.1 and play nice with your TV and PS5.

Given previous history, I'd expect the likes of Sony, Denon, Yamaha, etc to release (or at least announce) a new range of HDMI 2.1 AVRs in the Autumn, so it might be an idea to hold fire on that upgrade for now.

Depending on your circumstances, another option could be to use a good pair of stereo headphones and enable the 3D Audio option on the PS5? You don't have to use the Sony PS5 3D Audio Headset.
 

dimmy32

Member
Agreed. Especially as the X900H supports 120Hz refresh rate which does require HDMI 2.1 :thumbsup:



I read it that he was confused about how an AVR connects / operates and wanted a very simple explanation of how you connect it up, but yes HDMI 2.1 pass through (or lack of it) does complicate things

For an HDMI 2.0 AVR could use (e)ARC to route the audio from the TV back to the AVR and be able to use the HDMI 2.1 120Hz on the PS5.

If the OP is not bothered about 120Hz refresh rate gaming (yet to be enabled in PS5 firmware) and is happy with 60Hz then connecting the PS5 via an AVR shouldn't be an issue. Recent-ish HDMI 2.0 AVRs can pass through 4K 60Hz HDR reliably.

I believe that the X900H should automatically recognise the AVR and configure the audio output accordingly, although I've read comments on several forums saying that may be unreliable with certain AVRs or SoundBars.

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This is awesome. Yes i will be taking advantage of the 120Hz HDMI 2.1 .....The PS5 seems to have its own version of "Surround Sound"however. I might buy the speakers now and just use a cheap-ass AVR until the next gen of 2.1 HDMI AVRs hit the market...so both of your scenerios are very useful !
 

MemX

Well-known Member
This is a useful thread, thanks chaps (and any chapesses) :)

With an old AVR (pre HDMI 2.0, even) I'm assuming the option remains the same - PS5 to TV In, then TV Out to AVR?

I'm hoping there would be no issues with lag times!


And to ask a really dumb question...

There are, of course, many snake oil cable sellers.

But HDMI cables are all the same??
 

MarcoDB

Active Member
With an old AVR (pre HDMI 2.0, even) I'm assuming the option remains the same - PS5 to TV In, then TV Out to AVR?

If your AVR supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) on its TV HDMI Out connection, then in theory yes.

Otherwise Your TV may have an Optical or Coax Digital Audio out that you could connect to your AVR; unlike the PS4 the PS5 does not have any digital audio outputs other than the HDMI port.

Another option is to use an HDMI splitter box (*) with a Digital Audio ouput (likely to be Optical, SP/DIF) if your AVR has an Optical Digital Input.

Note that you may be limited to Dolby 5.1 Surround or even Stereo (5.1 mixed down to Dolby ProLogic if you are lucky) depending on your TV, AVR and/or HDMI splitter box.

(*) It may be more cost effective (and simpler) to replace your AVR.

But HDMI cables are all the same??

Mostly.

Older cables may not be rated for 4K resulting in lack of sync (black screen) and/or a distorted picture or lack of sound.

Any budget (£5~£10) HDMI cable that you buy today should be rated for 4K and work perfectly fine, but check the specs; personally I've not had problems using Amazon Basics HDMI cables.
 

MemX

Well-known Member
Thanks very much for the reply!

I will do some investigation... :)
 

Ultrasonic

Well-known Member
But HDMI cables are all the same??

No, in that e.g. an HDMI 2.1 cable is higher bandwidth than HDMI 2.0. If your TV has an HDMI 2.1 input make sure you use the HDMI 2.1 cable that came with your PS5 to connect it to the TV.
 

dimmy32

Member
Congratulations on getting hold of a PS5!

In simple terms, yes you plug your PS5 into an HDMI input on your AVR and your TV into an HDMI output on your AVR.

The AVR will pass the video through to the TV and will play the 5.1 (or 7.1) surround sound itself.

Your TV should recognise that there is an AVR connected to it and use the AVR speakers for playing sound rather than its own speakers. The volume buttons on your TV remote control should control the AVR speaker volume so you don't need to use two remote controls

The AVR will have an input selector which you use to choose which HDMI input you want to listen to and watch on the TV. You can select inputs using the the AVR remote control. Depending on which AVR you get, it may automatically switch HDMI input to the one that the PS5 is connected to when you switch on the PS5.

Slightly more detailed information:

I have a Sony STR-DN1080 which has eight HDMI ports on the back.

View attachment 1503421

The six HDMI ports on the left are Inputs, which is what you you connect your PS5 to; there's a port labeled "GAME", 5th from the left, which I've highlighted in red.

The two HDMI ports on the right are Outputs (some AVRs may only have one HDMI output port), which is what you connect your TV to; it's labeled "TV" and is on the right hand side which I've highlighted in yellow.

[PS5] ===> [AVR Game In]-<>-[AVR TV Out]===>[TV]

Remember that you will need an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the AVR in addition to the HDMI cable that connects the PS5 to the AVR.

I have connected my PS5 exactly as described above and it "just worked" without me having to do anything. There are advanced settings that you can use to fine tune things, but you should be OK with the defaults to start with.
Hey Marco, I finally got a new AVR...guess what..check the video before Youtube figgers it violates some music rights or whatever.
 

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