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There are a couple of things you can do. Look on the back of your unit and look for audio in. There will be three different things you can look for. Digital coax in, RCA audio in, or optical in. Probably the best or the easiest for you is to use the digital coax OUT, or optical OUT from the HD-DVD PLAYER to appropriate INPUT on your Philips HTiB.
I just looked up your specs and it looks as though your unit offers a digital coax in so use that to make the audio connection.
As your TV is 32" you will see a difference between DVD and HD-DVD but it wont be as big a difference as say regular DVD and HD-DVD on a 100" screen. As far as an HD-DVD player you can usually get a Toshiba HD-A2/A3 for 40-80 bucks over on that famous auction site and there are usually many to choose from at this point.
To further clarify it appears there is not an HDMI in to your Philips so you would have to connect the HD-DVD player either with an HDMI or Component cables directly to the TV (to get HD material) and then run the audio to the Philips.
Good luck and I hope I have helped and what I explained makes sense.