Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Orange County California
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Yes, an AVR will work for the optical 5.1 if that's what the Sky box puts out. The TV itself is stereo, and if it works like the ones here do it will have an optical out that is run to the AVR for the off air tuner that receives 5.1 and passes it through. Your friend is in need of a home theater in a box, that is a AVR and speakers in one package. Spend as little or as much as he/she likes.