Why you choose eARC over other ways of getting the sound out of your source device?
Although my use-case is probably not how eARC is intended to be used. I would most likely use eARC to output the audio to a digital output for use with my headset. It uses a dongle that connects to a digital/optical port. Here is a few pictures of how it used to connect with the PS4:
The PS5 unfortunately as no optical output:
Because of this I am unable to connect the headset like I would like to. For more information about my headset read here
After some research; I found a temporary solution. Where I could extract the audio from the HDMI to connect to a optical output (headset wireless dongle). I use an Amazon basics audio extractor. This does not have HDMI 2.1 which is why I previously said temporary.
As mentioned in my previous post this setup is pretty messy! Although if I had smaller hdmi cables this could tidy things up slightly. In the following pictures I have split the setup into pictures to showcase:
Back/front of extractor connected#2
Back/front of extractor connected#1
(I forgot to take this picture while taking “setup” pictures.)
Back of PS5.
Because of the ethernet cable, and the usb for the extracter plugged in. There is no way to plug the dongle into the back of the Playstation, because of the design of the dongle; the cable plugs into the side of the dongle which is obstructed by the other cables connected.
(Apologies for the lighting in the 1st picture.) Off topic edit: Wow that’s dusty
Edit: Incase unclear this is the design of the dongle. Taken from the guide:
Front of Playstation
Because of the issues with the port spacing on the Ps5, the dongle is connected to the front of the console, and connects to the audio extractor located to the rear.
Rear of Playstation excluding power cable
As you can see the mess is starting to show.
Front of setup including monitor
I chose to connect my headset, and controller to the desk dock. To show the usual amount of cables.
Rear of Monitor
Typical amount of wires behind a monitor.
Rear/side of Playstation
This is with everything connected. Although this setup is very untidy, it allows me to use the headset how it’s intended.
As previously mentioned the extractor device does not have HDMI 2.1, because of this I would not be able to get optimal performance out of the Spectrum, but if the Spectrum had eARC I believe a similar setup would be possible; without affecting performance.
I think a few smaller HDMI cables would tidy things up a bit, but this would still be a very untidy setup. Luckily from the front, my headset holder hides most of mess.
Devices/cables used in this setup:
- Amazon basics HDMI audio extractor
- Turtle Beach Stealth 700
- Turtle Beach Stealth 700 wireless dongle
- 1x Digital Optical Audio cable.
- Viewsonic VX2457-MHD (Budget monitor)
- 2x HDMI 2.1 cables.
- HP Elite X3 Deskdock
- 1x USB A to Type C cable. (Charges controller/phone)
- 1x USB to Micro USB (Charges headset)
Edit: I’ve just remembered the Spectrum doesn’t have speakers; so I will be using my old lame sound bar. When gaming without the headset. At some point I will be upgrading this to a sound system, or just a better sound bar. Having access to eARC would give me more options.