Just got this soundbar. The $199 Amazon sale made me bite. Unfortunately I think I jumped in too soon. I feel entirely lost when it comes to home theater audio, and definitely have some questions.
This is how I have the 5.1 system set up right now. HDMI from PS4/cable box/etc going into Panasonic TC-P50U50 plasma, toslink out of plasma into soundbar. Before I got the unit I thought this would work great and I would get true 5.1... unfortunately now I know that my TV downmixes 5.1 to stereo. There is a drastic difference from watching a bluray with toslink directly from PS4, and from watching it with toslink from TV.
This leads me to my main question, what is the easiest way for me to get true 5.1 audio out of my devices? I did some digging around and found this monoprice HDMI switch (Monoprice Product #: 5557. Can't post links... too new). It looks like it can do the job (stripping the 5.1 signal out of HDMI and then running toslink from the switch to the soundbar), but I honestly have no idea.
What are your thoughts? Am I on to something here, or am I entirely off base? Any help that you guys can provide is tremendously appreciated. Thanks!