How To Connect Speakers To Your Projector

By Glen / February 19, 2019

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While televisions are usually very easy to set up – you simply plug the television into the wall and connect a Blu-Ray player or gaming consoles – many people find it somewhat more difficult to set up a projector system in order to create a more enjoyable experience when it comes to entertainment.

One particular department where people often run into troubles when using a projector system is connecting an external speaker to the projector. A lot of people find that once connected, visuals show correctly, but no sound is produced by the speakers.

Fortunately, with some guidance, getting your speakers to work with your projector system can actually be very easy. In this guide, we’ll tell you how to set up your projector system so that you can enjoy not only visuals but also great sound.


Connecting Speakers To Your Projector

In order to connect your speakers to a project that you wish to use for entertainment at home, you will first have to consider the speakers you wish to connect, as well as the connectivity options that are offered by the projector.

Some of the newer projectors offer convenient ways to connect to speaker systems – including wireless options, such as Bluetooth. If you’re looking for a wireless option, be sure to check out my list of the best speakers for projectors.

Using Bluetooth – The Best Option

If you have Bluetooth speakers but your projector doesn’t output Bluetooth then you can use a Bluetooth transmitter – find more about them here.

Just purchase one that can interface with your projector (likely just an AUX connection) and you should be able to output Bluetooth.

This is likely the easiest way to do things if you don’t want to run audio cables through your ceiling to your speakers.

The Old Fashion Way

Older models may require a physical connection between the projector and your speaker system.

If you’re also in the market for new speakers and want a few ideas you can check out my suggestions for wall-mounted speakers here.

This, however, shouldn’t pose any particular issue. In the majority of cases, you will simply connect a 3.5mm jack from your speaker system to the projector, and then select the appropriate sound settings on the projector system so that sound signals are sent through this particular jack.

In order for sound to be produced correctly, you will also have to ensure you connect the appropriate cables from the sound source to the projector. These may vary from one device to the next and may include either an HDMI connector or RCA connector.

HDMI is rather simple – simply plug the HDMI cable into your Blu-Ray player, gaming console, or another device that you will be using with the projector.

With RCA connections, you will have to ensure you use two cables if you wish to enjoy stereo or surround sound. These connectors are often colored white and red, but it depends on the type of cables that you will be using.

In most cases, the jacks where the cables need to be connected will feature the same colors as the cables – make sure you connect the RCA cables to both the source of the sound (such as a Blu-Ray player or a DVD player) and then to the appropriate jacks on the projector itself.

Conclusion

Watching a movie or playing a game would be considered a dreadful experience for most people.

With projectors becoming a new trend in home entertainment, people are often looking to use one of these devices to project images on a screen – and connecting a professional sound system to a projector can truly enhance the entertainment experience.

While you do need to follow an extra step or two with a projector, it is still relatively easy to connect your speaker system and to enjoy a more immersive experience.

About the author

Glen

My name is Glen Parry. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. This includes guitar, keyboard, ukulele, speakers, headphones and everything else that comes with it. I spend all my free time on music production and jamming with friends. I hope to use this site to share my experience and help anyone looking for solutions to audio related problems.