Originally Posted by imws
Thanks for posting this, from the end user manual it seems that two channel audio via the optical out was the limit but I'm glad Sharp is saying that 5.1 or 7.1 can be sent. I suppose one will have to try it to confirm. I don't have a receiver with this TV so I can't say one way or the other. I have Netflix and the content seems nice in HD but I wouldn't say it is 1080P as it is not as detailed as blu-ray or vudu hdx.
Like you, the way I read the manual, I thought Optical Audio Out was very limited, which is why I called to ask. When I'm able to verify it passes 5.1 or 7.1 audio, I'll post it here.
From what I read in the Netflix thread, it appears the Netflix stream should tell whether it is HD or XHD (720 or 1080p). After I've gotten my net connection upgrade I'll resubscribe to Netflix and sign up for Vudu and report what I find.
Currently my reciever reports the signal it is recieving from my HTPC (broadcast TV), and Sony DGH250 (DVR - again broadcast TV) as Dolby Digital, 3/2/LFE, 48khz, 384kbps. The Sharp shows PCM, 48khz, dispite the fact that the Sharp says audio is "surround". Hopefully, the person I talked to is correct and when I try streaming Netflix or Vudu, it won't show PCM.Edit:
DSL upgrade has been completed. Results on Vudu/Speedtest: HTPC wired: 10363 kbps download / 726 upload; laptop wireless: 10297 down / 722 up; Sharp wireless >9000 kbps download. Still waiting on long ethernet cable I ordered, though, since speedtest on the Sharp doesn't show detailed speed the way the PC's do, probably won't know how much wired helps. Guess it is about time I sign up for Vudu.