How Many HDMI Ports Do I Need?

We recommend getting a TV with at least three HDMI ports, but four is preferred , since it gives you more flexibility. You'll be thankful for those extra ports as soon as you set up the TV.

If you’re like most people, you probably assume that all HDMI ports are the same. After all, they all look the same, right? Well, the truth is that each port can be different depending on the device it’s on. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at HDMI ports and what they can and can’t do.

First of all, it’s important to understand that just because an HDMI cable can transmit audio and video, it doesn’t mean that your device can do both. Some devices are designed to only do audio or only do video. So, if you’re trying to connect two devices with HDMI cables and you’re not getting audio or video, it could be because one or both devices are limited in some way.

For example, let’s say you’re trying to connect a projector to a soundbar using an HDMI cable. If the projector can only do video and the soundbar can only do audio, then the cable won’t work for both. You’ll need to find another way to connect the two devices, such as using RCA type ports for audio.

It’s also important to know whether your device’s HDMI port is designed for input or output. For instance, the HDMI port on your laptop is usually used for output and not input. So, if you’re trying to hook up an external device to your laptop, you might run into issues if your laptop isn’t designed to receive input.

On the other hand, some devices can go in or out, depending on which port you use. The HDMI ARC port, for example, was designed to let sound come from the TV to the soundbar and vice versa. This means you can control the volume of the soundbar using your TV remote.

It’s also worth noting that some computer monitors have HDMI ports that are designed for video only. If you want to use audio, the monitor will need to have speakers built in. Similarly, the HDMI ports on your desktop computer are usually designed to transmit video out to a monitor or TV, but they may not transmit audio.

If you’re connecting a soundbar to your TV, it’s important to understand that the soundbar may only transmit audio. You can connect devices to the soundbar and have the audio feed to the TV, but the soundbar won’t transmit video.

To make things even more confusing, not all HDMI ports are marked as input or output. For example, the HDMI port on your laptop is always going to be audio and video output. In cases like this, you’ll need to do a bit of research to determine what the port is capable of.

In conclusion, HDMI ports can be tricky to navigate, especially if you’re not sure what your devices are capable of. It’s important to understand what your devices can and can’t do, and to do your research before connecting them with HDMI cables. With a little bit of knowledge, you’ll be able to connect your devices with ease.


How many HDMI ports should I have?
In most cases, you should look for an HDTV that has at least three HDMI inputs, but four is preferred for additional flexibility. No matter the setup, the number of HDMI inputs should equal the number of devices you have.
Do TVs have 2 HDMI ports?
Unfortunately, most televisions, even the latest models, only come with one or two HDMI ports. If you're like most people, you have more than two devices you want to connect.
Can I run 2 TVs off 1 HDMI port?
An HDMI splitter allows you to take one HDMI source and split it into multiple locations. For example, you can use one to distribute a live sports game source to several TVs in your bar or restaurant.
Why would you need 2 HDMI ports?
Conclusion: Most monitors have two HDMI ports because they offer high-quality audio and video signal transfer. This means you can connect your monitor to two different HDMI-compatible devices, like a Blu-ray player and a gaming console, and enjoy high-definition content on a single screen.