best HDMI audio extractor 2022 Edition

This is a beginner-friendly review on the Best HDMI audio extractor for 2022.

This is a beginner-friendly review on the Best HDMI audio extractor for 2022.

The best HDMI audio extractors come in handy when, for example, you have a monitor or a projector, that only has HDMI inputs, but does not have an audio source, and you want to connect some media device (e.g a gaming console) then you need to get an HDMI audio extractor.

A quality HDMI audio extractor should be compatible with multiple media devices, including but not limited to HD TV, Xbox, Satelite receiver, Apple TV, PC, and Blue-ray players, Amazon Firesticks, Playstations

I’ve been reviewing audio products for over a decade and can help you find the best product for your needs.

After testing multiple invisible earbuds, our view is that the HDMI Audio Extractor is the,

Editors Choice

Kanex Pro 4K HDMI Audio Extractor 

Analog audio supports PCM2.0

HDMI 2.0b (18Gbps), HDCP 2.2, and DVI 1.0 compliant.

Video resolutions up to [email protected]/60Hz (YUV444)

However, if you are on a tighter budget and prefer something that works here is another alternative.

Best Budget Option

Monoprice Blackbird 4K HDMI Audio Extractor

Mini design, comfortable to wear

Total 35 Hours of Playback

Random Use Single Earbud

One-key Control

If you would like to know more about additional HDMI audio extractors then keep reading.

As people have different tastes and preferences, I’ve included 6 reviews of HDMI audio extractors, including what makes each of them unique.

Below is a snapshot of the best over-ear headphones for working out.

Click under the product headings in the table to find out where to get one, and click under the review heading in the table for the full review below.

We have also prepared a buyer’s guide in addition to the invisible earbud reviews below so that you can know what to consider before you make your purchase.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at and review the types of HDMI Audio Extractor earbuds you can use.

6 Best HDMI Audio Extractors

HDMI Audio Extractor PS5

1 – OREI 4K Audio Extractor HDMI

Pros
  • Cool metal enclosure keeps the unit cool
  • 100-240 50/60 Hz auto-switching power supplies, can be used anywhere in the world
  • Lifetime OREI Tech Support
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Supports High Resolution
  • Supports multiple audio formats
Cons
  • I heard a small Buzz when there was no sound.
  • I had to switch the unit off when I was not using it.

Why We like It

The HDA-912 Audio Extractor extracts audio from any HDMI-compliant source and transforms it into Optical S/PDIF or High-quality stereo 3.5 mm audio output.

The compact size facilitates easy plug-and-play installation.

A heavy-duty cool metal enclosure protects the insides and keeps the unit cool by aiding in quick heat absorption and dissipation.

An Auto-Switching with 100-240 50/60 Hz auto-switching power supplies, can be used anywhere in the world.

HDA-912 Audio Extractor has a User Manual included.

Includes Lifetime OREI Tech Support & 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Input: 1x HDMI

Output: 1x HDMI/1x L/R Audio Out/1x Optical Out (S/PDIF)

Supports High Resolution

  • Video Pass-through Up to 4K @ 50/60Hz (YUV4:4:4)
  • 4K @ 30Hz
  • 1080P @ 120Hz and 1080P 3D @ 60Hz

Supports multiple audio formats

  • LPCM 2/5.1/7.1CH
  • Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1
  • Dolby Digital+
  • Dolby True HD
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Dolby Atmos
  • DTS:X

Supports high-quality devices

  •  HDMI High Bit Rate(HBR) audio pass-through
  •  CEC Bypass

Compatible With

  • HDMI 2.0b (18Gbps)
  • HDCP 2.2
  • DVI compliant

What Others Are Saying About It

Person 1

“This unit works perfectly even in my system with multiple splitters and a complex switching matrix.

I use it so I can get analog signals to some outdoor speakers driven by amps without digital inputs”.

Person 2

It’s very small, smaller than I expected. Used it with an old analog projection TV.

I Used an HDMI to DVI cable and an analog sound cable, and it was done!

I also used it when replacing the old ROKU version 2 box that worked with the same cables.

I plugged the streaming stick into this box with no problems.

Person 3

It works perfectly, this little box.

Running my ps4 through it to my monitor and then through the box my stereo.

Finally, my monitor can act as a television and I don’t have to run audio through the controller auxiliary.

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HDMI Audio Extractor PS5/HDMI Audio Extractor For Projector

2 – Rofavezco HDMI Splitter 1×1 Audio Extractor

Pros
  • Great for gaming consoles
  • 10 years OEM factory competency
  • Ideal for, Home Theater, Classrooms, Conference, Club gaming etc
  • Plug & Play
  • No driver is needed
  • CEC control
  • Supports multiple audio formats
Cons
  • Can take some time to recognise audio visuals that do not have the option to turn HDCP off.

Why We Like it

Supports Hi-fi Audio Quality

  • SPDIF Optical Digital (5.1CH) and 3.5mm L/R Stereo Audio (2.1CH)
  • Dolby Digital DTS 2.1/5.1CH Audio
  •  LPCM/ PCM 2.1/ 5.1CH Audio

SPDIF and L/R Stereo Audio can separate independently from the speaker amplifier without connecting the TV or monitor.

Audio EDID Settings

  • Pass
  • 2.1CH
  • 5.1CH

Supports

  • HDMI 2.0 [email protected] 4:4:4 18Gbps 8bit HDR Dolby Vision
  • [email protected] 4:2:2 18Gbps 10bit HDR10
  • HDR Dolby Vision
  • HDCP2.2
  • Smart EDID setting via 2ch/5.1ch/Pass-through
  • HDMI re-timing function
  • Ensures stable 4K UHD HDMI with CEC control
  • HDMI OUT supports Dolby Digital 7.1CH
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • DTS-HD Master
  • LPCM 2.1/ 5.1/ 7.1CH
  • HDMI Audio Converter with DE-embed SPDIF Optical 5.1CH out and 3.5mm Stereo Audio
  • There is no need for a TV connection.

Stereo Audio 3.5mm is higher prior to the previous SPDIF

Does not support SPDIF and 3.5mm audio port working together

When the 5.1CH SPDIF is on, the 2.1CH, 3.5mm must be out

High Compatibility

  • Plug & Play
  • No driver is needed
  • CEC control

4K HDMI Decoder

One input to one output.

Works perfectly with Nvidia Shield, Xfinity box, Elgato Game Capture, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, PS3/ PS4 Pro, X BoX series, Comcast, PC, etc.

Ideal for

  • Home Theater
  • Classrooms
  • Conference
  • Club
  • Gaming etc

Its compact design and small size make it great for portable, flexible, and easy installation.

EZCOO Warranty

  • 10 years OEM factory competency
  • Efficient technical support via (ezcoo at easycoolav com)
  • On-line after-sales service

What others are saying

I purchased this after buying my Xbox series x, which doesn’t have an optical out to be able to run 2 audio systems.

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HDMI Audio Extractor Dolby Atmos (Editors Choice)

3 – Kanex Pro 4K HDMI; Audio Extractor

Kanex Pro 4K HDMI; Audio Extractor 18Gbps 4K HDMI Audio Extractor with Dolby Atmos (HAECOAX3), Black

Pros
  • Embeds multi-channel optical (SPDIF) or Line analog audio to HDMI output
  • Optical audio supports LPCM 2CH, Dolby Digital 2/ 5.1CH, DTS 2/5.1CH
  • Analog audio supports PCM2.0
  • HDMI 2.0b (18Gbps), HDCP 2.2 and DVI 1.0 compliant
  • Video resolutions up to [email protected]/60Hz (YUV444)
  • Supports HDMI High Bit Rate (HBR) audio pass through
  • 10bits HDR (High Dynamic Range) pass through
  • Supports CEC bypass
Cons
  • Little Pricey

Why We like It

Embed or inserts audio signals coming from a digital optical or analog stereo source into an HDMI Display or Sink device.

HDMI input and outputs support video resolutions up to [email protected]/60Hz (YUV444)

The Embedder supports multiple audio formats

  • 10bits HDR (High Dynamic Range) pass through and HDMI high-resolution digital audio formats.
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • Dolby Atmos
  • DTS-HD Master Audio

Audio sampling rates up to 192 kHz are supported for the highest fidelity.

HDCP 2.2 and CEC bypass are also supported

3-year warranty

HDCP 2.2 authentication is present always on this matrix ensuring proper handshake of the protected content.

High Resolution Resolution Maintained

Ideal For

  • Voice over
  • Roadcasts
  • Streaming
  • Content creation

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HDMI audio extractor 4k/HDMI audio extractor 4k 120hz

4 – J-Tech Digital 4K 60HZ HDMI Audio Extractor

J-Tech Digital 4K 60HZ HDMI Audio Extractor Converter SPDIF + 3.5MM Output Supports HDMI 2.0, 18Gpbs Bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, Dolby Digital/DTS Passthrough CEC, HDR10 [JTD18G-H5CH]

Pros
  • Supports HDMI HIGH Bit Rate(HBR) audio pass-through
  • Audio sample rates up to 192kHZ
  • HDR pass-through
  • Supports CEC bypass
  • One-Year Manufacturer Warranty
Cons
  • DOES NOT SUPPORT ARC FUNCTION

Why We like It

Extracts the digital HDMI audio signal from the HDMI input, converting it to a 2 channel analog stereo output or multi-channel Audio (SPDIF) output.

Note that the unit only passes Dolby Digital / DTS audio formats, and does NOT decode these formats for the analog output.

If you do use the analog output, make sure your HDMI source is set to PCM audio.

Supports HDMI HIGH Bit Rate(HBR) audio pass-through

Audio sample rates up to 192kHZ

HDR pass-through

Supports CEC bypass

One-Year Manufacturer Warranty

Free lifetime technical support from the Customer Support Team

Supports

  • 4K Ultra HD with HDMI 2.0
  • 1080P 144Hz
  • 1080P 120Hz

Supported Resolutions

Supports

  • HDMI 2.0b (18Gbps)
  • HDCP 2.2
  • DVI compliant
  • HDR10

AUDIO EDID SETTINGS

  • 2CH for L/R or SPDIF stereo output
  • 5.1CH for SPDIF Output
  • Supports uncompressed audio such as LPCM
  • DTS Digital
  • Dolby Digital pass-through

What Others Are Saying

Person 1

The product worked exactly as documented to effectively get an optical out from my PS5 to my receiver for 5.1 surround.

HDMI pass-thru provides exact same 4K HDR picture I had when was a direct connection from PS5 to TV.

Person 2

We purchased a new ceiling-mounted projector and needed a way to put the HDMI audio signal into the ceiling-mounted speakers.

We purchased this device and it worked like a charm.

Very easy to install.

Only wish they included an electronic downloadable copy of the user manual online.

Had to write customer support to get a PDF for our records.

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Best Budget HDMI Audio Extractor

5 – Monoprice Blackbird 4K HDMI Audio Extractor

Monoprice Blackbird 4K HDMI Audio Extractor – 18Gbps, HDCP 2.2, 4K 60Hz, YCbCr 4:4:4, Supports Stereo Analog and Multichannel Digital Optical S/PDIF Audio, PS4/5 Xbox Apple TV Fire Stick Roku
Pros
  • Mini design, comfortable to wear
  • Total 35 Hours Playback
  • Random Use Single Earbud
  • One-key Control
  • Stable connection
  • Low latency
Cons
  • No noise cancelation and limited noise reduction
  • Charging case is not very strong

Why We like It

This Blackbird™ 4K HDMI® Audio Extractor extracts the audio signals from HDMI video streams.

It supports analog stereo audio, as well as high‑definition multichannel audio streams over the S/PDIF digital optical audio output.

It supports video resolutions up to [email protected] YCbCr 4:4:4, 10‑bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) passthrough, and audio sampling rates up to 192kHz.

It is fully compliant with the HDMI 2.0b and HDCP™ 2.2 standards and provides up to 18Gbps video bandwidth.

Extracts audio from an HDMI® video signal

Supports stereo analog and multichannel digital optical S/PDIF audio

Supports video resolutions up to [email protected] YCbCr 4:4:4

Supports 10‑bits High Dynamic Range (HDR) passthrough

Supports CEC bypass

Supports audio sampling rates up to 192kHz

Provides up to 18Gbps video bandwidth

What others are saying

Person 1

“The Monoprice Blackbird 4K HDMI Audio Extractor, 18Gbps, HDCP 2.2 is well built and performs as advertised.

I only wish that I had recognized its utility years ago.

One caution, I discovered the existing and working driver for my graphics card was out of date and would only do 2 channel output.

Fortunately, I stumbled on the updated driver to make the board output5 channels to the gizmo.”

Person 2

“Works as expected allowing me to continue using my old but good sounding surround receiver.

Got it paired up with an HDMI switch for added flexibility.

The unit is smaller than expected and feels solidly built.”

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6) – JAHH HDMI Splitter HDMI-Compatible Audio Extractor


JAHH HDMI Splitter HDMI-Compatible Audio Extractor Stereo Extractor Converter Optical 3.5mm Audio Splitter Adapter

Pros
  • Multi-functional HD audio extractor
  • Pass: HDMI-compatiblepass mode
  • Input Resolution: Up to 3840×[email protected];
  • 4096×[email protected]
  • LED clearly indicate the working state of the Extractor
Cons
  • Pricey
  • does not support Dolby Digital Plus


Why We like It

This is a high-performance, multi-functional HD audio extractor.

This extractor extracts the audio signal from the HDMI-compatible signal to the power amplifier system in order to obtain audio effects which TV speakers find difficult to achieve

Description

This HDMI-compatible audio extractor not only meets the ideal image of the HDTV but also meets the need for audio extraction from an HDMI-compatible source.

It can extract the digital audio signals embedded in an HDMI-compatible source and convert them through 3.5mm L/R analog output and SPDIF output at the same time.

The RCA L/R and SPDIF output can support both 2CH audio or 5.1CH audio including Dolby Digital 5.1CH and DTS 5.1CH(NOT support Dolby Digital Plus)

Three switching audio EDID settings

Pass: HDMI-compatible pass mode. The audio and video can be converted from the HDMI-compatible output. SPDIF and L/R will not output any sound.

2CH Mode: Extract the digital 2CH PCM stereo audio signal from the HDMI-compatible input and convert it to 2CH analog stereo output through its RCA style L/R analog output and SPDIF output at the same time.

5.1CH Mode: Extract Dolby Digital / DTS and output via SPDIF or RCA L/R. It does NOT support 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus.

Features

Convert 1 HDMI-compatibleInput to 1 HDMI-compatible+ 1 Audio (SPDIF) Output+ 3.5mm Analog Audio Output

Input Resolution: Up to 3840×[email protected]; 4096×[email protected]

HDMI-compatible to achieve the synchronization of audio signal separation.

PASS/ 2.0CH/ 5.1CH three kinds of audio mode options.

LED clearly indicate the working state of the Extractor.

Specifications:

HDCP Version:HDCP1.4

HDMI-compatibleVersion:HDMI-compatible1.4b

HDMI-compatibleresolution:[email protected]/[email protected]/60Hz/1080i/720p/1576i/480p/480i

Support Video Color Format:24bits/deep color 30bit,36bit

Audio Output:SPDIF+3.5mm Audio

Max Bandwidth:340MHz

Max Baud Rate:10.2Gbps

Input/ Output TMDS signal:0.5-1.5Volts p-p(TT

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Buyers’ guide for Best HDMI Audio Extractors

Types of HDMI Audio Extractors

An HDMI to Audio Extractor/converter is an electronic device that transfers the audio signal, including the stereo analog sound and digital audio (S/PDIF) signals, from your HDTV, Xbox, Amazon Firestick, Blu Ray player, PlayStation, or Chromecast so you can connect them to an amplifier/soundbar or speaker.

Suppose you wish to connect your game console to a stand-alone monitor which does not have sound.

You can use an HDMI audio extractor to connect a pair of external computer speakers and your game console to your monitor using an HDMI cable.

This results in you having video on the monitor and sound coming in from the speakers, without any lag.

Source: PACRAD/What is an HDMI to audio extractor

HDMI audio extractors fall into those with only audio outputs and HDMI (audio and video outputs)

An extractor with audio and video outputs allows you to connect for example a PS5 to a monitor (video) and your favorite set of speakers (audio).

Therefore an extractor with HDMI outputs vs audio-only is more versatile in my opinion.

DEVICE COMPATIBILITY

You need to ensure that your HDMI audio extractor is compatible with all of your devices as some of them only accommodate specific devices.

Shop around and confirm that your  HD TV, Xbox, Satelite receiver, Apple TV, PC, Blue-ray players, Amazon Firesticks, Playstations, and other devices can be accommodated and work with your HDMI audio extractor.

Resolution

An audio extractor can improve your TV monitor’s display and give you enhanced images and quality videos.

Depending on the type of HDMI audio extractor, you can get some pretty high resolutions.

For example, a type B connector (HDMI) can be used with very high-resolution displays such as WQUXGA (3840×2400)

Stereo and Multichannel Audio Support

Understand which audio formats the extractor supports.

The majority of systems tend to apply to Dolby/DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus, or both.

It may be more difficult to find units that support Dolby Atmos and higher resolution audio formats.

Output

If your setup requirements permit, it is advised to choose an HDMI extractor with analog, optical, or both types of outputs. To be on the safe side, I find it better to buy an audio extractor with both types of outputs.

LOOK FOR MULTIPLE PORTS

To avoid having to upgrade to a different extractor later on it is advisable that you get an audio extractor with multiple HDMI input and audio output ports.

This may come in handy when you decide to get an additional speaker later on for your home entertainment system.

HDMI audio extractors can have multiple outputs that cover a variety of standard output options.

If you want improved sound quality, use an HDMI audio extractor with multiple input and output ports, by running a cable via the extractor hub.

Frequently asked questions about the Best HDMI Audio Extractors

Are HDMI audio extractors any good?

Yes, HDMI audio extractors are great.

What I like most about them is that they do not have anything internally that manipulates video or audio streams.

Some extractors have switches that allow you to choose your audio formats such as 5.1 audio for optical/coaxial output or stereo.

What does an HDMI audio extractor do?

HDMI audio extractors connect HDMI ARC devices to systems that do not support HDMI. They help convert one input into multiple outputs.

Is an HDMI audio extractor the same as an audio splitter?

No, an HDMI audio extractor and an HDMI audio splitter are not the same.

An HDMI audio splitter takes the output from 1 media device and splits it into 2 monitors simultaneously.

So you can enjoy the content on one media device on 2 separate monitors.

Can you extract audio from HDMI?

Yes, you can extract audio, using an HDMI audio extractor. HDMI carries both audio and video signals.

Thus an HDMI audio extractor can be used to convert your home theatre to a sound system.

Do HDMI audio extractors cause lag?

No HDMI audio extractors do not cause lag. A higher-quality model can catch and transfer signals without a significant effect on audio and video timing.

What is an HDMI ARC audio Extractor?

An HDMI ARC audio extractor converts HDMI (ARC) audio to RCA on an amplifier.

Is the digital audio quality reduced with an HDMI audio extractor?

No, if you make use of a premium HDMI audio extractor optimized to reduce distortion between audio and video, then there will be no impact on digital audio quality.

What is ARC in HDMI?

ARC, which stands for Audio Return channel connects your TV and audio system with a single High-Speed HDMI cable and eliminates the need for additional composite audio or optical cable.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, you want to get an audio extractor to get audio out of a device that does not have audio. I personally use it for my X Box in order to connect my X Box to my monitors, which do not have sound, and my speakers.

The effect is that my X box will work through my monitor and the sound will come from my speakers.

If you want to learn more about the different types of HDMI Audio Extractors out there, read our detailed reviews above. If you are still unsure of which is best – This is our pick.