I am wondering if maybe my audio output of my Raspberry Pi 3 is defective. I have tried to get some kind of audio output without any success so far.

I have tried any comment / tutorial on how to enable and test audio output that I could find online to get audio output - either through the headphone jack or HDMI channel, but had no luck so far.

I first installed minibian and tried to get audio output with mpg321, aplay, speaker-test and some other music players, but nothing came out.

I installed the pulseaudio package and changed the raspi-config to force 3.5mm as well as HDMI audio output. I am now trying the same on Ubuntu Mate, but since I am getting nowhere, I wonder if anyone could tell how I could test if the audio unit works in a more or less bullet-proof way - to make sure it's not actually defective.


My headphones work well and the Raspberry Pi 3 just arrived, so it could very well never have worked.

  • Is there an HDMI device connected to a TV or monitor? – Steve Robillard Mar 23 '16 at 3:17
  • Yes, I have a monitor connected (after I started testing Ubuntu Mate). The monitor doesn't have speakers, but does have a headphone jack. – Chris Mar 23 '16 at 3:39
  • The default is to have audio output via HDMI. You can change it in /boot/config.txt. – Steve Robillard Mar 23 '16 at 3:58
  • are you referring to the HDMI ethernet channel ? I have never seen any reference to audio being output over ethernet for the RPi3. I did find some relevant settings in the boot config, but changing those from the defaults had no effect. – Chris Mar 23 '16 at 4:17
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    sorry over HDMI – Steve Robillard Mar 23 '16 at 4:25