Looking for a soundbar for my parents TV.
50" Panasonic TC-P50UT50 plasma TV that sits on a stand inside a built-in that was basically made for a large rear project TV. Due to the built-in, the sound from the TV bounces around inside and doesn't project out very well.
Only thing hooked up to this TV is a cable STB via HDMI and a DVD/VCR combo via RCA cables. They also use Netflix streaming via the smart TV features. Doubt they will get a Blu-ray player.
I want to make this as simple as possible because turning on the cable box and the TV is sometimes already confusing to them. Currently it's setup so they use the cable remote to hit CBL + power, then TV + power. Occasionally one or the other won't turn on and they don't know what happened. I should probably look into setting it up so 1 button turns on everything.
Do most soundbars with HDMI pass-through enable the on screen volume display? While not a huge feature, I think this would be best for them since they are used to seeing this. Another thing I'm concerned about is if this will add another step of turning the soundbar or if I can just leave it on all the time.
For Netflix I'm guessing I can go optical out of the TV into the soundbar and that should take care of that correct? HDMI (if the soundbar has it) from the cable STB.