I have tried reading in other threads about the various audio stream options, but haven't figured out what's best for my setup.
I have the HDMI from my 5500 going to my TV. The TV is used for audio probably 90% of the time, since my wife and kids don't care about 5.1 sound, and it annoys my wife if when you adjust the volume, you don't see feedback indicated on the TV screen. The TV is a Vizio SV420XVT.
I have the optical output from the 5500 going to my ancient Yamaha RX-V540 receiver, it handles DTS and that's about it.
From the chart in the manual, it looks like the only way I can get 5.1 using the optical output to my receiver is if I set the 5500 to Bitstream(re-encode). Is there any disadvantage to doing this, in terms of what is going to the TV when watching it without the AV receiver? I don't see anything in the TV manual about decoding DTS, though I get sound from the TV speakers.
Ideally I'd upgrade my AVR to something more modern with HDMI and run everything thru it. Would be sweet if using HDMI passthru would display the volume setting on the TV screen, are there any AVR's that do that?