I too am on the brink of choosing this unit, but the outstanding question of whether the 5.1 audio from an HDMI coming from a DVD player or cable box will be preserved when passed from the TV to a receiver thru the coaxial out has me spooked.
I love the specs on this TV, but I'm very worried about lip synch issues. One of the reasons I like this TV is because it has a superior internal speaker system (2 85 watt speakers) with a dedicated subwoofer, so most of my TV viewing would be with just those, but when it comes time to watch movies on DVD I would want full use of my surround sound.
I would prefer to take audio straight from the DVD player to the receiver, but if that opens me up to sync issues, I certainly would be willing to run the audio out of the TV to the receiver IF the digital 5.1 surround is preserved.
DarrellH, thanks for your help in getting this question addressed.