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How to Connect 5.1 Speakers to a PS3

Updated July 20, 2017

Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console can function as an all-in-one media hub, with its ability to play video games, Blu-ray movies, audio and video files. In addition to its support for high definition video, the PS3 also contains support for 5.1 surround sound. Users can connect the PS3 to a speaker system to more fully immerse themselves in a game or watch a movie with a true home theatre experience. The PS3 can output audio with either an HDMI or optical digital cable, and requires only minor set-up to do so.

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  1. Set up your speakers according to the instruction manual that came with your sound system. Make sure to follow the manual carefully to ensure that your speakers are installed properly.

  2. Connect your PS3 to your audio receiver with an audio cable. If your receiver has an HDMI input, use an HDMI cable to connect PS3 to the receiver. Otherwise, use an optical digital audio cable. These cables do not come with the PS3 and must be purchased separately.

  3. Turn the PS3 on and highlight the "Settings" section of the menu. Select "Sound Settings," and then select "Audio Output Settings."

  4. Select either the "HDMI" option or the "Digital Out (Optical)" option, depending on which audio cable you are using.

  5. Select the "Automatic" option if you are using an HDMI cable to automatically configure your connection. If you are using an optical digital cable, you must manually select all the audio output formats that are compatible with your sound system. Consult your sound system's manual if you are unsure of which formats to choose.

  6. Press the "X" button to confirm your settings.

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Things You'll Need

  • 5.1 speaker system
  • PS3 console
  • HDMI or optical digital audio cable

About the Author

Based in New Mexico, Carlos Soto has written video gaming and technology articles since 2005. His writing has appeared on popular websites such as GameFAQs and Destructoid. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from New York University.

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