PlayStation 4, Swtich and Sky Q

  • 30 October 2020
  • 1 reply



Just asking before I get the Beam. 

Currently have a PS4, Switch and Sky Q going through a Sky Soundbox (huge disappointment). 

My setup is as follows;

Sky Q goes into Sky Soundbox via HDMI
Sky Soundbox goes into TV via HDMI and Optical. 
PS4 and Switch go into TV via HDMI

I have to switch the Soundbox to Optical to hear sound from the PS4 and Switch. 

Question is with the Beam, would Sky go into Beam via HDMI and then into the TV via Optical would sound still come from the PS4/Switch?


This topic has been closed for further comments. You can use the search bar to find a similar topic, or create a new one by clicking Create Topic at the top of the page.

1 reply

Userlevel 7
Badge +17

The Beam only has one connection: HDMI (de facto an “in”, there’s no “out”). You can connect optical to the Beam with the supplied adaptor, so still using the HDMI on the Beam. For HDMI the sound has to be provided by an HDMI-ARC connection that is absent on the Sky and the PS4.

The best way to connect the Beam is as follows:

  • Sky and PS4 to TV via HDMI;
  • TV HDMI-ARC to Beam.

All sound settings (PS4, Sky and TV) should be set to Dolby Digital (not DD+) if possible.

If your TV does not have HDMI-ARC, you can work with optical, again from the TV to the (adaptor to) the Beam. Both PS4 and Sky would be connected to the TV by HDMI.

In both cases (using HDMI-ARC or optical) it is totally dependent on your TV if you get any sound at all (some TV’s do not pass through sound from HDMI to optical) or if you would get surround - though if you only get the Beam the chance there would be no surround would not be of any consequence for you.

If the above route via optical does not work either you would have to work via optical switches.