How to Use Chromecast and a Projector with Sound

Broadcasting to a projector with Chromecast is a lot of fun — unless you can’t hear the audio. Chromecast does not separate audio and video, so unless your projector has a built in audio out, you’ll need to split the HDMI signal and run the audio out to your speaker(s). This also doesn’t appear to be something that the newly announced Google Cast for Audio will provide.

Audio Setup and Hardware

We’re running our setup into a bluetooth speaker with 3.5mm jack and went with an extractor that also has digital audio out. Below is what we purchased — we’ll follow up if there are any issues with the hardware.

J-Tech HDMI audio splitter/extractor

This device adds a digital audio port for a few bucks more compared to similar extractors.

We wanted this to go to a 3.5mm jack (small headphone jack), so we needed a couple extras:

RCA male to 3.5mm female

Monoprice’s thin blue 3.5 mm cable

Chromecast to Projector

Tip: It’s also possible to use this Chromecast setup in a wireless networked audio system.





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