Thanks Possumgirl! I assumed I was getting the right audio format to my soundbar. With your help, not Sony's, I found I was not. You may laugh a little when I say that, even at condo appropriate low volume levels, there is a nice difference with 5.1. The HT-CT150 "Night Mode" is a nice feature for condo dwellers that helps make the 5.1 a nice experience.
When I asked how to tell if I was getting 5.1 to the HT-CT150, you wrote:
Originally Posted by Possumgirl
Just press the Display button on the remote.
I tried that and the display showed "2.0 CH" and, in very tiny letters on the primary screen, you can see the Dolby logo followed by "PLII". In other words, it appeared 5.1 was not getting to the soundbar from the TV.
So I did some checking in the online Sony KDL-55HX800 TV i-Manual. It says:
-Select TV speakers or external audio system connected to the TV to output TV sound.
-To use multi-channel audio, select external audio system and connect optical out for equipment compatible with Dolby Digital.
-'Audio System' must be selected to listen to 5.1 multi-channel audio. "
Note that it does not say an HDMI connection works or not. It only says "optical out". I no longer have any HDMIs going to the soundbar so I can't test that mode. Others may try it, but results will probably vary by TV brand and model.
For the record, I have all the component HDMIs going to the TV and only a optical cable from the TV to the soundbar. All speakers were capable of responding to volume control from each remote.
When I switched to "Audio System" on the TV, I can no longer change the volume on the TV speakers. They are disabled. When I try, I get an error displayed on the screen. The headphones attached to the simple RCA "Audio Out" on the TV still work fine.
With "Audio System" selected on the TV, pressing "Display" on the soundbar remote provides the satisfying joy of seeing "5.1 CH" on the LED readout. Also, the tiny "PLII" changes to "0".
Now what I need is the code for the soundbar so I can try to program the DirecTV remote!
Thanks again possumgirl! I spent the money to improve the TV sound with a Sony soundbar to match my new Sony LED TV and I was getting a lot less than what I paid for.
Where do I send the "Hero of the Day" award?