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5 Best HDMI Audio Extractor Options in 2021

A Comprehensive Guide

5 Best HDMI Audio Extractor Options in 2020

If you are planning to double your home theater room as a music room, you need the best HDMI audio extractor. You can make the most of a good-quality HDMI audio extractor to segment HDMI input signals into audio output and HDMI output. Also, you can use HDMI audio extractors to broadcast audio from HDMI-only devices to analog-only audio receivers. 

While most HDMI audio extractors on the market only deliver an analog stereo signal output with 3.5 mm and RCA connections, you can also find models that deliver analog 7.1 audio output. Therefore, if you are an audiophile who prefers listening to music from HDMI-only devices such as Apple TV, Roku, and other streaming devices, you need the best audiophile headphones and a good HDMI audio extractor. 

However, even if you are an audiophile, you may not be a pro in finding the best HDMI audio extractor. Therefore, to help you make an informed purchase, our audio experts tested over 30 HDMI audio extractor on the market. After thorough testing, they picked 5 HDMI audio extractors that deliver high-quality audio and great performance.

In this guide, we’ll review the top 5 HDMI audio extractors in detail, and list their pros and cons. We’ll also discuss more on HDMI audio extractors in the FAQ section. Keep reading to know more.

Types of HDMI Audio Extractors

You’ll find two types of HDMI audio extractors on the market:

  • HDMI audio extractors with audio outputs only (AUX, coaxial, optical, RCA)
  • HDMI audio extractors with audio and video (HDMI) outputs

In the case of HDMI audio extractors with audio outputs only, you can find extractors with analog stereo outs (AUX and RCA). If the audio extractors support surround-sound, you can find digital audio outputs too.

On the other hand, HDMI audio extractors with HDMI outputs comprise both analog and digital outputs. 

How to Find the Right HDMI Audio Extractor – Buying Guide

Finding the right HDMI audio extractor can be a daunting task. Even we took over 3 months to find the top HDMI audio extractors on the market. However, since our experts have already performed this exercise, they’ve put together a list of factors you should consider, to make an informed purchase:

  1. Type of Extractor: We’ve already discussed the topic in detail in the previous section. Therefore, ensure you pick the right type of HDMI audio extractor based on your requirement.
  2. Features and Specifications: Even though the primary function of all HDMI audio extractors is the same, you can look for additional features, such as Audio Return Channel (ARC) support and Consumer Electronics Control (CEC). Also, ensure you check features such as audio format supported, video formats supported, audio outputs, video outputs, surround-sound outputs and so on. Another feature you can consider is the Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) switch. It enables the source device and output device to connect with one another. The EDID feature typically informs the source device about the maximum capabilities of the source device such as display size, frame size, HDR support, and so on. 
  3. Output: Based on your setup requirement, choose an HDMI extractor with either analog, optical or both types of outputs. If you are not sure about which output you want, consider buying an HDMI audio extractor with both types of outputs.
  4. The number of ports: Features such as the number of ports play a critical role in buying an HDMI audio extractor. A higher number of ports means you can connect more devices to the HDMI audio extractor. 
  5. Compatibility: Ensure you pick the right HDMI audio extractor based on its compatibility with your device. To help you find the right HDMI audio extractor for your device, we’ve listed the top 5 HDMI audio extractors based on their compatibility with different devices, such as Roku, PS3/4/5/Pro, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV and so on. Always remember, the HDMI audio extractor should be compatible with both the HDMI source device and your output device.
  6. Ease of Use: Almost all the HDMI audio extractors on our list are plug-and-play models. They are convenient to use and can be installed quickly. Not only this but they are also compact and portable.

5 Best HDMI Audio Extractors on the Market

Before deep-diving into the detailed product reviews, let’s quickly look at the 5 HDMI audio extractors that really impressed us:

Let’s now look at the top 5 HDMI audio extractors picked by our experts.

1. J-Tech Digital 4K 60Hz HDMI Audio Extractor converter SPDIF + 3.5 mm Output

Best HDMI Audio Extractor 4K 60Hz

Best HDMI Audio Extractor 4K 60Hz
  • Works at 4K and 60 Hz
  • Can output analog and digital output at the same time
  • Supports CEC bypass
  • Comes with a user manual
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Can be used with a variety of devices, such as 4K Smart TVs, Xbox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, headphones, Sony BluRay player and so on
  • Does not support surround-sound on many devices
  • Does not work with production switchers

If you are looking for an HDMI audio extractor that supports the highest video resolution to 4K at 60 Hz, the J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor can be a good buy.

Firstly, using this HDMI audio extractor, you can extract HDMI signal from the HDMI input and convert it to multichannel audio (SPDIF) or 2-channel analog stereo audio output.

The HDMI audio extractor is easy to set up and use. The plug-and-play functionality allows you to use 3 different audio EDID settings: 2-channel (2CH) for 2 channels L/R audio, TV audio output and 5-channel (5CH) for digital audio, such as Dolby Digital, DTS, and LPCM. You can also use the detailed user manual provided with the HDMI audio extractor to learn how to use it.

We did not experience any issues while setting up the audio extractor though. However, ensure your HDMI cable meets the HDMI 2.0 specifications. If it does not, we recommend replacing your existing cable with one that supports HDMI 2.0.

We tested the J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor with a 4K Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox Series X. The overall experience was good.

Experience With 4K Samsung Smart TV

In the case of the 4K Samsung Smart TV, we were looking for a way to connect our Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones to the TV without using the RCA plugs. Therefore, we plugged the Roku’s HDMI output into the J-Tech HDMI audio extractor’s HDMI input, then connected another cable from the device’s HDMI output to the 4K Samsung Smart TV. 

Lastly, we then used the best headphones splitter to connect the base unit of the Sony WH-L600 Headphones to the audio out of the J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor. We know it doesn’t sound simple, but once you do it, you’ll understand what we are talking about. Also, the 4K quality of the TV’s video did not get affected.

Experience With Apple TV

In the case of the Apple TV, we used the  J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor to output HDMI to the Apple TV 4K 5th Gen and an optical audio receiver. The device functioned perfectly!

Experience With Xbox Series X

Similarly, in the case of the Xbox Series X, both the audio and video quality were excellent. You can use a gaming headset or 5.1 speaker setup with Xbox Series X using the J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor.

In conclusion, the J-Tech Digital 4K 60 Hz HDMI Audio Extractor is a good product. However, it may not work well in a production environment.

Best HDMI Audio Extractor PS5/PS4/PS4 Pro/PS3

Best HDMI Audio Extractor PS5/PS4/PS4 Pro/PS3
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good price
  • Compatible with a wide range of devices
  • Perfect for PS3/4 and PS4 Pro
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No signal loss; good picture quality
  • No data transmission issues
  • 3 audio settings: 2.1 CH, 5.1 CH and PASS model
  • Does not support Astro headphones
  • Works only with TVs that comprise the ARC function
  • Does not support CEC; you can adjust the volume using the speaker/soundbar/headphones

The Tendak 4K HDMI to HDMI Audio Splitter and Optical Toslink SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo HDMI ARC Adapter Converter Support can be a good buy for PlayStation users. In fact, it is one of the most widely used HDMI audio extractors on the market right now; thanks to its compatibility with multiple devices

Firstly, this HDMI audio extractor is compatible with PS4, PS4 Pro, PS3, PC/laptop, Xbox, BluRay, DVD player, HD camera, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Nintendo Switch, and so on. However, ensure you set the PS4 Pro to 2160P-YVU420 when using it with the TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor. To extract audio from the TV, you need to use the Audio Return Channel (ARC) function. 

The TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor comprises one HDMI input to one HDMI output, a 3.5 mm audio output and an optical output. Therefore, you can easily extract audio from an HDMI input source to your speaker or soundbar. 

This HDMI audio extractor also comprises 3 EDID audio settings: 2.1CH, 5.1CH and Pass model.

How to Extract Signal From TV 

To extract audio from a TV to your amplifier or speaker or soundbar, you need to use the ARC function. We connect our TV’s HDMI (ARC) port to TENDAK’s HDMI output using an HDMI cable. Then we used an optical cable to HDMI audio extractor to the amplifier. If you are not receiving any signal from the TV, check if the HDMI cable is inserted into the HDMI (ARC) port properly. 

Experience With PS4

We used the TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor to send audio to the Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset. Both the audio and video quality were excellent.

Experience With Nintendo Mini Classic (SNES) Console and Dell Monitor

We used the TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor to extract HDMI from the Nintendo SNES console, separate the audio and video, then send the audio to Creative Sound BlasterX G5  and the video to a Dell DVI monitor. The HDMI audio extractor did a phenomenal job. We did not experience any issue at all.

Experience With Logitech Z313 Speakers and Amazon Fire Stick

Instead of connecting the Amazon Fire Stick to the TV, we connected it directly to the TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor. Then we connected the Logitech Z313 Speaker to the other end of the audio extractor using the 3.5 mm output. We were able to access everything on the Amazon Fire Stick. 

Experience With Epson EB-X05 XGA Projector

We used the TENDAK HDMI Audio Extractor to send audio from the Epson EB-X05 Projector to a soundbar. The set up was easy and quick, and we did not experience any issues.

In conclusion, the Tendak 4K HDMI to HDMI Audio Splitter and Optical Toslink SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo HDMI ARC Adapter Converter Support is easy to set up and use. It works brilliantly with PS3/4 and PS4 Pro. Hopefully, it’ll work perfectly with the PS5 too (yet to test the HDMI audio extractor thoroughly with PS5, initial experience was good though). However, it does not support Astro headphones.

3. AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter

Best HDMI Audio Extractor for Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick

Best HDMI Audio Extractor for Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick
  • Delivers clear and precise audio
  • Supports up to 4K video resolution
  • Compact and durable
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Supports 2CH left-right or stereo output, and compressed and uncompressed audio
  • Does not come with a power source

The AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter is one of the simplest HDMI audio extractors on the market. It supports HDMI devices that do not comprise a dedicated audio output. 

Firstly, we tested the AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter with the Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PC/laptop, PS3/4, Xbox and other HDMI devices that do not have a dedicated audio output. It worked perfectly with most of the device; however, it worked best with the Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV.

Secondly, the audio output delivered by this HDMI audio extractor is clear, crisp, and precise. Moreover, the device supports 2CH left and right audio, stereo audio output, and compressed and uncompressed audio output. 

Great Performance With Amazon Fire Stick, Projector and Surround-Sound Speakers

We used the AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter to extract HDMI input from the Amazon Fire Stick and deliver the output to the Epson EB-X05 XGA Projector and Bose Soundbar 700 surround-sound setup. The device worked perfectly, without any hiccups. It is a simple plug-and-play device.

Experience With a Setup Comprising a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and 5.1 Speaker

We also tested the AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter with a Samsung Smart TV that does not support the ARC function. We have a Bose 5.1 speaker system and an Amazon Fire Stick. However, since the TV output is not Dolby, the Bose 5.1 speakers do not provide the 5.1-channel speaker experience. 

Therefore, we used the AmazonBasic HDMI Audio Extractor to connect the Amazon Fire Stick as HDMI input, the Samsung Smart TV as HDMI output, and the optical audio output to the Bose speakers. Now the speakers sound like a powerful 5.1-channel speaker system.

In conclusion, the AmazonBasics HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter is compact and simple. It does not comprise any buttons or controls, and works perfectly with both headphones and speakers. It is perfect for home entertainment setups, gaming setups and professional setups with multiple devices. The only thing we did not like is that it does not come with a USB adapter.

4. OREI Audio Converter Extractor + ARC Support + SPDIF + 3.5mm Output HDA-925

Best HDMI ARC Audio Extractor

  • Easy to set up and use
  • User-friendly design and interface
  • Delivers great audio and video quality
  • Works perfectly with 4K TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox and PS consoles
  • Solid build
  • Optical port delivers great 5.1 audio separation and HDMI port deliver Dolby Digital surround sound
  • Does not work with soundbars comprising an HDMI arc port

If you are looking for an HDMI Audio Extractor with ARC, we highly recommend the OREI Audio Converter Extractor + ARC Support + SPDIF + 3.5mm Output HD-925. 

Firstly, you can use this HDMI audio extractor to extract HDMI signals from all HDMI-compatible devices and convert them into digital optical or 2CH left-right audio output

We tested the OREI Audio converter Extractor with 3 to 4 different setups, and it worked well in every scenario.

The OREI Audio converter Extractor Works Great for Gaming

We used the OREI Audio converter Extractor with different gaming devices such as the PS5 and Xbox One, and the overall experience was great. This HDMI audio extractor allowed us to play games at 4K and 60 Hz with low latency and extract audio from different sound systems.  In fact, the OREI Audio Converter Extractor + ARC Support + SPDIF + 3.5mm Output is one of the best HDMI audio extractors for PS5. 

The OREI Audio converter Extractor Helps in Eliminating Audio Delay

We also used the OREI Audio converter Extractor to reduce audio-lag issues when using ARC with a Roku 65-inch TV. We fed the HDMI output from the hub into this HDMI audio extractor and used the 3.5 mm output to connect the 5.1 speaker system. The audio lag completely vanished. 

In conclusion, the OREI Audio Converter Extractor + ARC Support + SPDIF + 3.5mm Output HDA-925 is perfect for connecting a new 4K Smart TV with your old receiver to get excellent audio and video quality. However, you cannot connect this HDMI audio extractor to the HDMI ARC port on soundbars.

Best HDMI Audio Extractor for Roku

  • Uses a standard micro USB cable and draws little power
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Reliable
  • Supports CEC
  • Delivers great audio and video quality
  • Works perfectly with Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox and PS consoles
  • Solid build
  • Does not work with Astro headsets

Even though most of the HDMI audio extractors listed in this guide are compatible with Roku, the Tendak 4K x 2K HDMI to HDMI and Optical TOSLINK SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo Audio Extractor Converter works best with Roku.

Firstly, this HDMI audio extractor comprises an HDMI input to HDMI output, optical digital output, and 3.5 mm stereo-quality audio output. The optical audio output can support both 2CH audio or 5.1CH audio including Dolby Digital 5.1CH and DTS 5.1CH.

Secondly, this Tendak HDMI Audio Extractor is One of the Best Audio Extractors That Comes With a 3.5 mm Stereo Output. 

However, it is important to remember that this HDMI audio extractor does not work with Astro headsets. 

This extractor supports optical and L/R stereo audio, which provides you with the independence to connect it with your amplifier without connecting it to the TV.

We tested the Tendak 4K x 2K HDMI to HDMI and Optical TOSLINK SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo Audio Extractor Converter with a variety of devices (apart from Roku) such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, PS3/4/Pro, Xbox One, Apple TV, and so on. It worked well on almost all the devices.

In conclusion, the Tendak 4K x 2K HDMI to HDMI and Optical TOSLINK SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo Audio Extractor Converter does exactly what it is supposed to do. It is reliable and worked perfectly for us. It provides crystal-clear audio and video.

Frequently Asked Questions About HDMI Audio Extractors

What does an HDMI audio extractor do?

An HDMI audio extractors send audio from an HDMI device to a different audio device, without affecting the quality of the HDMI video. Therefore, you can play audio through different playback devices.

Do HDMI audio extractors work?

Yes, HDMI audio extractors work. In fact, the 5 top-rated HDMI audio extractors on our list deliver good performance and audio/video quality. They are easy to use and set up.

Can I split audio from my HDMI?

Yes, you can make the most of an HDMI audio extractor to split audio from your HDMI device.

What is SPDIF audio out?

SPDIF or Sony Philips Digital Interface is a standard for broadcasting high-quality digital audio without using an analog conversion process. You can implement the SPDIF interface in two different ways: Coaxial (with RCA connectors) and optical (with TOSLINK connectors).

What is HDMI ARC?

HDMI ARC or Audio Return Channel can be found on receivers, TVs and soundbars. This feature allows two-way communication between devices over one HDMI connection. In simpler words, the HDMI ARC port allows you to use HDMI as both input and audio output.

What is the best HDMI audio extractor?

Out of all the HDMI audio extractors we’ve reviewed in our guide, the J-Tech Digital 4K 60Hz HDMI Audio Extractor converter SPDIF + 3.5 mm Output: Best HDMI Audio Extractor 4K 60Hz is the best. It works with a wide range of devices and delivers excellent audio and video quality.

Final Words

So, the next time you are planning a movie night at your place or gaming night, and want to flaunt your new soundbar, you can use an HDMI audio extractor with your Smart TV or gaming console. We’ve provided you with the 5 top HDMI audio extractor options on the market.

If you ask us to pick one out of the list, we’ll select the J-Tech Digital 4K 60Hz HDMI Audio Extractor converter SPDIF + 3.5 mm Output: Best HDMI Audio Extractor 4K 60Hz is the best. It works with a wide range of devices and delivers excellent audio and video quality. However, your choice will entirely depend on your requirements.

We sincerely hope you found our guide on the 5 Best HDMI Audio Extractor Options in 2021 useful. If you have more suggestions that you’d like us to add to our list, please share them in the comment section below. We’ll be more than happy to hear from you.