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How to configure audio settings on your Xbox One console

This page describes how to configure the audio settings for your Xbox One console.

Xbox One supports both HDMI and optical audio connections, and a variety of compressed, uncompressed, and surround-sound signal formats. These formats depend on your system and may differ from the formats shown here. Adjusting these settings is usually only necessary when using a surround-sound home theater.

Xbox One audio configuration

Connect your Xbox One console to a home theater or sound system

If you haven’t already, see Connect your Xbox One console to a sound system to find out which cables you’ll need. Then you can follow the instructions on this page to configure the audio settings for a home theater system.

Configure the console audio settings

If you’ve already connected your Xbox One to a home theater or sound system, it’s time to configure the audio settings on your Xbox One. Here’s how:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select Display & Sound.
  5. Select Audio output.
  6. Under DIGITAL AUDIO, select either HDMI audio or Optical audio, based on the type of cable you use to connect your console to the audio receiver or TV.
  7. Choose the option that applies to your system.

HDMI audio options

  • Off
  • Stereo uncompressed
  • 5.1 uncompressed
  • 7.1 uncompressed
  • Bitstream out

Optical audio options

  • Off
  • Stereo uncompressed
  • Bitstream out

Bitstream format

  • DTS Digital Surround
  • Dolby Digital

Notes

  • The options you see will depend on your system. You might not see all the options shown here.
  • Digital surround sound (such as Dolby 5.1) from your cable or satellite box is currently available as a beta only. To learn how to enable it, see the following section on this page.
  • In the HDMI audio and Optical audio menus, the Bitstream out option is used to indicate that output will use one of the supported digital audio formats.

Configure volume settings

Sound mixer allows you to adjust the blend of sound between visible apps. Chat mixer lets you adjust the blend of sound between your game and your chat communications.

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select Display & sound.
  5. Select Volume.
  6. Adjust the settings as desired:
    • Sound mixer. This setting allows you to adjust the balance between your snapped app and main app.
    • Chat mixer. This setting allows you to adjust the balance between chat and other sounds.
    • Setup TV & A/V control. These are settings related to your HDMI-in signal, such as cable box or antenna.
    • Change volume with voice by. This setting allows you to adjust how much the volume changes on your TV using the volume up or down command.

Configure digital surround sound for HDMI input

Support for digital surround sound from your cable or satellite box is currently available only as a beta. By default, only stereo sound will be received.

Follow these steps to enable digital surround sound:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select TV & OneGuide.
  5. Select Audio & video.
  6. Select Audio.
  7. Select the Surround Sound option.

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