Hi folks, first time poster here. Have read through several posts buy couldn't find the answer I was looking for. So thanks in advance for any help!
Here's what I have:
Panasonic TC-P50S30 Plasma (plenty of HDMI in's/ 1 optical out)
Toshiba BDX1100 Blu-ray Player (hdmi out only, no optical)
Directv DVR (hdmi and optical)
I am not really sure the best way to hook my stuff up. Should I leave everything hooked up via HDMI to tv and then optical out from tv to the soundbar that I buy? I know that only produces stereo sound so that's obviously not optimal for the best audio. Or should I get a soundbar with plenty of HDMI inputs and run everything through it.
What I had hoped to do was have blu ray and DVR hooked up with HDMI to tv for video and then optical out from both to a soundbar so that I still had the option of using tv speakers or soundbar. But of course I just realized my blu ray doesnt have optical out. Arghhh
I would like to keep this setup simple for my wife and 2 kids. They can all operate the DVR and blu ray no problem as is so I would hate for them to have to switch inputs on the soundbar, etc to get sound.
Any suggestions on how to hook everything up and get good sound and keep things easy and not have to switch inputs or switch cables around, etc?