OK - it's been a while since I've waded in the world of A/V, so bear with me (I did use to be cool, but life and family got in the way - when I was last 'into' A/V, my 50" RPTV and Component cables were all the rage).
I am considering a HTIB, and in reading the manual online, it seems that, in order to get audio to the speakers, I have to take HDMI out from the device (blu-ray, satellite, Roku are my three), to the receiver, HDMI to the monitor/TV, THEN (and this is the part that I am unclear on) go from the monitor/TV using optical Audio cables BACK to the receiver and then onto the speakers?
Do I have this right? Why would this be the case? Wouldn't it be easier to 'split' the audio in the receiver itself, send the audio to the speakers and pass the video to the monitor. Am I missing something here? It seems that the receiver is not just switching the video signal (as I understand some receivers do), but is in fact pushing the audio to the television (along with the video), then the television is pushing the audio back to the receiver...
The system I am looking at is the Sony 'about to go extinct' HT-IS100, as it is wife-friendly.