Possumgirl, thanks. I do want to keep my AVR for various reasons (I hope good ones): It's my central hub for DVD, cable, satellite, AppleTV, etc. As importantly, it is also my source for Pandora and other web music sources. So I want to channel the sound coming out of it SOMEWHERE. I don't want to clutter my space with speakers so I thought a sound bar and sub would be an acceptable alternative.
My TV has an optical 'OUT' and the proposed sound bar has an optical 'IN' (S/PDIF).
SO is the assumption correct that if I connect the AVR HDMI 'out' to the TV HDMI 'in' I can hear sound through the sound bar via the additional optical connection?
Again, thank you for your help in advance!