So, I bought an Energy Power Bar Elite yesterday for the downstairs TV, brought it home, set it up, and it sounds great. It will never replace a nice surround setup, but considering its a soundbar, it sounds stellar.
Setup was a snap and I hooked it up to the TV via optical cable. Here's the rub: just like the OP, after a few minutes playing, the sound becomes horribly distorted. Everything sounds like like a guitar played through a distortion pedal with a healthy dose of reverb.
I swapped the cable for alternates from my cable collection 3 times. The results were the same. Analog audio (RCAs) through the soundbar's second input work fine.
The store I bought the soundbar from called today for a follow up to see how the soundbar is working and if am happy with the shopping experience at their store. I told them about the problem and they said I can return or exchange the soundbar. The thing is I really like the sound and would prefer not to exchange the soundbar since other people obviously have problems as well and I concerned a replacement may have the same problem. I don't want to keep the soundbar if the optical input doesn't work properly.
Anybody have a solution?