When I connect any device capable of outputting 5.1 Dolby surround sound to a HDMI input on my ST60, I either get no sound, or audio down mixed to PCM stereo (depending on whether the device is set to Dolby or Auto sound out) on my surround sound receiver. This is true regardless of the device tried: Blu-ray player, Roku box, Apple TV box,etc. Yet page 164 of the ST60 e-manual contains the following passage:
"When the sound has been recorded in Dolby digital, the output from the digital audio out terminal will be Dolby digital".
When these devices are connected directly to my surround sound receiver rather than the TV, they produce 5.1 Dolby sound. The digital audio out selection on the Panny is set to Auto rather than PCM; the receiver is set to NOT down mix to stereo. Digital broadcasts are output from the TV in 5.1 sound, but HDMI input is not!
What is going on here? How can it be rectified? Of course, Panasonic customer service had no solution. Why has no one commented on this major flaw is any review of this set?!