Originally Posted by Ticmxman
Also looking for suggestions on audio conections & menu set up with my basic setup with front & center speakers. Currently I have HDMI to my panny 46S1 and optical out of the tv to my Sony receiver that has optical and audio coax inputs but no HDMI...this way my HD Directv DVR can play thru the receiver also. With this setup the sound is OK but I wonder if I'm not missing out. I may add some rear speakers soon.
Panasonic TVs feed stereo PCM from their optical audio outputs. You only get DD 5.1 if you have an off-air TV antenna or a direct cable feed that uses the set's internal tuner. Audio from set top boxes and disc players is limited to stereo PCM.
So, yes, you are missing something. You need to run audio directly from your satellite box and your BD player to the receiver, not through the TV. So, you'll end up with HDMI to the TV from both devices for video and optical to the receiver from both devices for audio.
Switching sources is more complicated, of course. A good universal remote like a Harmony will take care of all switching issues.