I'm new to Home Theater and this forum... I hope you can help.
We recently moved up from an old-style 28" CRT TV, to an LG 55LM4600
. I focused on the video specs and think we did good there ($800 for 55" 1080P 120 Hz 3D LED), but I didn't look at the audio side of it, and may be paying for it now... or not? ...
The TV has 3 HDMI connectors and RCA connectors, but the only I/O that specifically mentions audio out, is an "optical digital audio out". Its manual says almost nothing about audio except these cryptic asides:
- It is manufactured under license from Dolby Studios (and shows double-D Dolby Digital symbol here)
- When discussing HDMI connections to HD receivers or DVDs, it has the footnotes "Audio Supported Codec: MPEG, Dolby Digital" and "HDMI Audio Supported Format: Dolby Digital, PCM (Up to 192 kHz)" (p. 23 of Owner's Manual)
- Its specs say it has "Infinite Surround" but all this does is convert non-surround sound, to surround (I had to call them to get this explanation). Of course, I'm talking about "real" surround sound.
I don't otherwise see any mention of "surround" or THX or any other audio info.
If it matters, my A/V is coming from a Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S590
player as well as streaming through a Comcast HD DVR and NetFlix streaming (and Comcast Streampix).
So the question is, does my TV even have surround sound - should I bother to get some kind of 5.1 system?
If so, I will probably get Home Theater in a Box (I'm in the U.S., something in the $200 to 300 range). I imagine it would have to support the optical digital audio connection, eh?
Thanks if you can advise this newbie!!