Originally Posted by dhodson
i can understand your disappointment although i dont believe the point of the device is actually to avoid a receiver. its really for people who dont want to run cables all over the place for better sound but arent satisfied with the sound from the tv. i personally didnt consider ipod capability when researching a soundbar although i have an iphone and an ipod touch. i believe most soundbars in this range will have similar issues. if you go up another 100 bucks or two then some of those models might have what u are looking for but it likely isnt native ipod support but aux input. wishing u the best with your decisions.
Ok, so what if we add a receiver to the equation.
The beauty of the Panny HTB500 is that it turns on and off with the TV, works with the TV remote, looks good with a Panny TV, wireless sub, simple, etc. It can be used seemlessly every time you turn the TV on.
If you were to add a receiver that has ipod connectivity, say a Pioneer VSX-820-k for discussion, it would be able to play the ipod through the Panny soundbar and sub (and any other speakers hooked up to the receiver?). I assume this could be hooked up by a optical audio cable.....
But, what if you wanted to have more of a surrond sound effect for watching movies and say added two rear satellite speakers in addition to the Panny HTB500. How would you hook this up to make sure the Panny HTB500 was still the only thing turning on/off and playing during normal TV (when you don't want the rear surrounds) but all speakers played while watching a blu-ray?
I'm thinking HDMI from the blu-ray player to the receiver, HDMI from the receiver to the soundbar, HDMI from the soundbar to the TV. I think in this case you would have to turn the receiver on when watching a blu-ray to get the rear speakers to work but if you wanted to watch a movie with just the Panny HTB500 playing you could leave the receiver off as long as it had "passthrough"??? When turned on, would the receiver remote then only control the volume of the rear satellites or the Panny soundbar as well?
Sorry for all the questions and I really appreciate the help. There have got to be others in the same position as me: those who want the simplicity of the Pannasonic HTB500 for everyday TV viewing, but the ability to play an ipod or add a little more surround effect with additional rear satellites when watching movies.