Help with HDMI audio and soundbar on my Pi2


New member
May 7, 2014
Hi Guys,

I'm in the process of building a small home theatre , and am using my Pi2 with Isengard as the media player. The problem is, I need better sound but can't afford a 5.1 system (yet). So I'm looking at getting a 2.1 soundbar.

Question is, how do I set it up with a Pi?

-Does the Pi go to into the soundbar via HDMI and then the soundbar carries both picture and sound to TV via HDMI?
-Does the tv have to have 1 HDMI for the Pi visuals and 1x HDMI for the Soundbar audio?

Additional info:

The soundbar I'm looking at has:

AV input - HDMI x 1

AV output - HDMI x 1 (ARC)

The tv I am using only has 1 x HDMI

Many thanks