When I connect my HDMI components (DVD; Cable; CD), directly to my HDTV [SONY KDL46V5100], I can route the audio from the HDTV's audio-out (RCA-pair) to my receiver's [DENON AVR2113CI] analog-in (also RCA-pair - to DVD-in works fine), I can get 'decent' sound from the big speakers (or headphones), AND from the TV's own speaker bar simultaneously, although the sound is not digital from either.
[NOTE: For me, it's often more important that I have two independently-controllable analog sound sources than a single digital audio output.]
As said, it all works fine, although it's not digital audio. If I configure the system for optimum digital AV, all components now get connected instead to the DENON receiver's multi-HDMI inputs, and the Denon's single HDMI-out connection is wired into any open TV-HDMI connector. Digital sound is now out the big speakers and is great. EXCEPT that now the HDTV speaker bar is DEAD (interestingly, its mute and volume indicator both 'indicate' as if there were sound available, but no sound is forthcoming, and therefore no dual-ontrolled output as before.
I have scoured both units' Users' Manuals, and cannot find any reference to this problem in either. Anyone have ideas why this happens, or how to fix? I've already checked the DENON forum with little help, except the suggested redirection to this forum, which actually makes more sense. Thanks.