I'm looking to set up stereo audio to complement my new TV. I recently moved to an apartment and bought a small HDTV for the living room. This panny TC-L37E5 has marginal speakers built in so I want to give it some more range. I'm using a pair of old Wharfdale 70s as a tv stand and would like to drive them with a simple stereo amp. Problem is the tv only has optical audio out, PCM/Dolby Digital depending on the input. Right now I have the tv hooked up to the internet and rabbit ears for OTA TV and Netflix instant movies. I'll probably add a BluRay player soon.
Since it's an apartment, a good home theater sound system is out of the question. Headphones or the Wharfdales at a low volume are about it. So far the best I can see is an old stereo amp from Craigslist along with a toslink to RCA decoder. It appears a simple convertor won't cut it with this particular tv.
Is this the way to go for what I'm trying to do? Should I be looking for a used AV receiver that has optical in and stereo out? I'm concerned with the decoding and conversion when the tv puts out Dolby Digital. And what will happen when the BluRay player can send 9.1 4D Surround? Will the tv convert it to conventional Dolby Digital?