Hi, I recently bought a new TV (Philips 32PFL4505D/F7) and am having some trouble with it. This is the TV The sound quality on the TV is absolutely horrible, so I am thinking to get the VSB200. Right now, however, I have my blu-ray player connected to my tv directly via hdmi. My receiver doesn't support HDMI.
Part 1: Anyway, I have connected an orange coaxial digital out wire from my TV to my receiver. My 5.1 system, however, is too loud for my apartment, which is why im thinking to get a soundbar. I removed the coaxial cable from my receiver then, and tried connecting it to some PSP speakers I had sitting at home (Logitech PlayGear Amp). I used a FiiO D3, which should have converted the coaxial output into RCA. From the RCA, via auxillary wire, I connected it to the speakers. All I got was loud static noise. So then i connected an AV wire directly from my Tivo's video 1 output into these speakers via auxillary and then i got sound. Soon I will be getting directv + their box. Would I have to connect an optical out from the new box to the soundbar to get sound?
Part 2: In terms of my blu ray-player, its connected to my tv via hdmi. The coaxial out goes into the coaxial in on my receiver. However, my 5.1 sound system sounds like a fraction of what it did before. I played around with the settings on the receiver, and the only way it works is on DVD DIGITAL OPTICAL ON and SIM SURROUND. Would using an optical cable fix this, or do I have to buy a receiver with an HDMI connection to use the blu-ray player with the full 5.1 surround sound.
Part 3: I have heard the Vizio VSB200 has issues with the optical cable (cracking and popping). Has anyone else had these problems, or has Vizio fixed it. Is the Panasonic SC HTB10 better?
Thank you. Any Help would be greatly appreciated. Im really confused.