I just bought a Harmon Kardon SB16 and love it. The sound quality is very good. Far better than the Bose Cinemate I had tried earlier.
The problem: it doesn't accept digital signals (DTS or Dolby) directly from a blu-ray or DVD player. It works fine if I connect the player to the TV (new Samsung 6300 LED 46") by HDMI and then take the TV optical output to SB16. But if I connect directly (optical or coaxial) to the soundbar, it fails. However, if I play an old CD with just 2 channel output, it plays (direct digital connection).
I also tested it with a blu-ray player and 2 DVD players and several cables (opt/ coax) and multiple CDs (blu-ray, DVD, CD). The problem is consistent - any native digital output from any device directly connected to the SB digitally does not work. If anything is analog (audio output or analog cable) or routed through the TV, it works fine.
It's frustrating (for a $600 toy) not to be able to play digital audio output directly (I am hoping the sound quality will be even more awesome!) It's also a problem if I want to add another digital device later.
Any ideas? Has anyone set up this unit this way and any tips?
Thanks a lot!