Steam supports streaming stereo (2 channel) audio from all streaming host operating systems to all streaming clients (including the Steam Link). Steam Clients running on Windows can also stream quadraphonic (4 channel) and 5.1 surround sound (6 channel) audio to all streaming clients.
Steam will try to automatically detect how many speakers are connected to the streaming client's computer or TV. You can view how many speakers Steam detected and choose a different configuration by:
Steam currently only records 5.1 audio from processes launched through Steam on Windows. Other host system audio will be mixed with audio recorded from the game process as stereo audio.
Yes, however you will need to go into the In-Home Streaming settings and select your speaker configuration manually.
The Steam Client and Steam Link output 6 channel PCM audio when configured for 5.1 surround sound audio. When connected to a TV, the TV or audio receiver need to support 6 channel PCM. Please refer to your device's user manual to check if your device supports this format. It is usually required to use an HDMI cable to connect to your Steam Link, instead of an optical cable, to enable PCM support.
The Steam In-Home Streaming discussion forum contains many posts by community members that can be useful when debugging specific streaming issues and the forum can be used to ask specific questions about your streaming setup. You can also contact Steam Support.