Using your PS3


Audio output on PS3

Optimise your listening experience by connecting audio devices that support digital audio playback.

You can connect audio devices that support digital audio playback to your PlayStation 3, such as an AV receiver for home entertainment use.

Audio output on the PS3 system

The supported channels may vary depending on the output connector to be used.

AV MULTI OUT connector: 2 channels

DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) connector: 2 and 5.1 channels

HDMI OUT connector: 2, 5.1 and 7.1 channels


  • When connecting a digital audio device to the system, go to Settings > [Sound Settings] > [Audio Output Settings], and then adjust the settings as necessary for the audio device.
  • For simultaneous audio output from multiple connectors, go to Settings > [Sound Settings] > [Audio Multi-Output], and set the option to [On].
  • The system can output both audio and video through an HDMI cable. If both the TV and the audio device have HDMI connectors, you can output the TV picture to the TV through a connected audio device.
  • If a device is connected to the PS3 system via an HDMI cable, do not turn off the device while the system is turned on (power indicator is lit solid green), as doing so may cause sound distortion or produce abnormal sounds.

Examples when connecting an audio device

An HDMI cable or optical digital cable can be used to connect an audio device to the PS3 system.

HDMI cable

1. HDMI cable (sold separately)

2. Digital audio device

3. HDMI cable (sold separately)

4. TV

Optical digital cable

1. Optical digital cable for audio (sold separately)

2. Digital audio device

You will also need to connect your PS3 to a TV using the correct video output cable for the TV in use.


  • Images may vary depending on the model or the software version in use.

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