eARC on your Samsung TV

If you’re searching for a way to get the best sound possible on your Samsung TV, you can use the eARC audio format. "Enhanced Audio Return Channel," or eARC for short, is the next-generation of sound. It allows you to send your TV’s audio to a soundbar or AV device through a single HDMI cable. eARC can even be used when you’re streaming content to your TV, like movies or shows.

Differences between HDMI ARC and eARC

Note: The eARC feature has been implemented in the latest HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs.

Most TVs will compress audio signals in advance before transmitting them through HDMI cables. eARC, however, transmits and reproduces the sound in its original resolution through an HDMI cable. The improved quality, bandwidth, and speed makes it superior to the regular ARC format. eARC is compatible with DTS Master, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Atmos audio formats as well.

The following models support eARC:

  • TVs: UHD TU7000 and above models

  • Soundbars: Q70T and above models

Difference between ARC and eARC

Set up eARC

Note: By default, the HDMI eARC Mode is turned off. Make sure you are using an eARC-compatible HDMI cable, such as an HEAC or HEC cable.

Before you start using the eARC format, you’ll need to activate Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) in your TV’s settings. Then, you can enable HDMI eARC Mode.

  1. Press the Home button on your remote control, and then select Settings.

  2. Navigate to General, and then select External Device Manager.

  3. Select Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).

  4. Navigate back to Settings, and select HDMI eARC Mode.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) switched on with a Samsung TV

If you are not getting sound when using eARC, check out our troubleshooting guide.

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