We have a 42-inch LG television that only has the fiber optic digital output for audio. That's the dumbest idea ever for a low end LCD system, but that is aside from the point.
Most of our media is controlled via our home theater PC, which sends audio through the HDMI cable to the monitor (television).
It appears that most people must be purchasing a receiver setup that the Optical Input from the television would go into to feed a speaker system connected to the receiver.
However, I do not wish to have to purchase a receiver, have another piece of equipment that I have to go through to control my volume and clutter up the media region, or have to power yet another stand alone device.
I have another (smaller) HTPC system set up in another area. It consists of a PC with a TV tuner, a 2.1 speaker system, and DVI output to the monitor. It sounds fabulous, but it goes to a much smaller LCD, and is not the living room setup.
The speakers that came with the LG 42-inch television are fine for TV broadcasts, but the audio is nearly impossible to hear on shows recorded with better audio quality (Dolby or something like that).
So, I have been trying to find a way to buy a speaker system, but the crutch is that it has to have an optical input and I have not found a way to search for speakers by their inputs.
To date, I have only managed to find one system that accepts Optical Inputs: The Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1
for just under $200.
Does anyone know of any other options? I'm sure we could ditch the TV and find something else, but that was a pretty significant purchase for us.