I just got this TV 3 weeks ago. I noticed the AUDIO issue too. Was ticked off and its such a hassle .
Every power up, HDMI change etc, I would have to go into the MENU/OPTION/ and toggle the PC IN/HDMI IN setting to get my Optical OUT AUDIO working.
DO NOT UPDATE TO THE NEW FIRMWARE. :(
Tonight I decided to do the Firmware Update on this AQUOS LC-60LE600U with hopes that my audio issues will be fixed.
WRONG... Now I have NO Digital Optical OUTput, and worse, the trick to Toggle (PC IN/HDMI IN) No longer works!!
So now I am **** out of luck and NO LONGER can use OPTICAL OUT for any of my Dish Network Satellite TV Viewing.
I called SHARP AQUOS Tech Support , firt Rep sucked , had nothing but stupid responses like , use RCA Audio OUT.
Or just plug your OPTICAL OUT from your Dish Network HopperDVR Directly to my A/V Home Theatre Receiver.
I may have to do that afterall!!!!!!! But this simply Bypasses the PROBLEM and doesnt resolve my TV Optical Out Problem.
Then I called , talked to a Very nice guy named Travis. He explained it.
I hope some of you can explain it to be better, but here is what he said.
HDMI has some kind of Digital Content Protection, LLC provides HDCP (which was developed by Intel) for HDMI.
apparently this is the JIST of this he said. Exoplaining some issue where Powers That Be, (BIG MOVIE CORP) or such
want to make it so Digital Audio cant pass from HDMI to OPTICAL as easy???????
I dont get it. So it was never supposed to ....... BUT.. The (PC AUDIO IN/HDMI IN) Toggle trick made it work.
Turns out the NEWER Firmware Fixed it so the Toggle Trick WONT WORK.
I cant imagine this is going on. How many Millons of TV Viewers experience this? There has to be more to it than this.
My HOPE..... is to find the OLD Default Firmware for this TV, cause even though a Hassle to TOGGLE on the AUDIO, better than NO AUDIO NOW ! ARGH!!!
Please, if anyone can email me ANY info or firnware files for our AQUOS LC-60LE600U I would be SO MUCH HAPPIER. Email email@example.com
Hope this helps everyone!
Dave in Iowa