Hello, a home theater newbie here. Question for you all if you don't mind: I am looking to buy a very inexpensive set of speakers to use with my new Samsung UN46D8000 TV we just bought, since the TV speakers are pretty bad. As I understand it, I need to connect whatever speakers I buy to either an amplifier or a receiver, and then connect that to the TV. However, I need to ensure that whatever home theater setup I buy will display an on-screen volume display on the TV itself. Question is, how do I ensure that whatever home theater setup I buy will do this?
For example, I'm looking into the Samsung HT-D550 home theater system (very inexpensive, I know), and from what I'm guessing, if I connect it to the HDMI-ARC port on my TV, then it will display an on-screen volume display when I change the volume, no matter what HDMI port is currently outputting video to the TV, is that correct? Doing this, however, makes me feel like I have to buy a Samsung brand home theater system only, or else I won't get an on-screen volume control display shown, since a Samsung system uses their "Anynet+" for their HDMI-CEC control.
I know I might not being entirely articulate, but any help you could all provide would be most appreciated. I just want to make sure I get an on-screen volume display, no matter what system I buy. Thanks!