You know, this is just weird as I am looking to use a sound bar in our motor coach.
The issue here, with this, from what I can tell, is you can not get true 5.1 out of the system with the way they show it connected. (Unless I am totally mistaken.)
By this I mean...If you pass though a TV and come optical out to the sound bar, you actually only get 2.0 out of the TV. Again, unless I am totally wrong, the HDMI standards do not allow for TV's to pass though anything but stereo.
So, if you care coming out of a Blu-ray via HDMI, into your TV, and then Optical out from your TV into the sound bar, the TV can only pass 2.0 out.
I ran into this, discovered this, when I was messing with XBMC on my HTPC. Setting the HTPC to send out 5.1 via HDMI to the connect TV, it can't play unless I set it in Analog 2.0 mode. Doing some research into this, I found that it is a HDMI standards issue in regards to passthrough.
The TV can pass 5.1 out ONLY if it is using it'd internal OTA tuner.
So...why it is nice for OTA TV, it seems you can not get 5.1 if hooked up to the TV as they show it should be hooked up.
Not just an issue with this bar, but anything. But this bar is the only one that I know is doing 5.1 and saying it can do 5.1. It can, but it surely seems to be misleading. As what you get via a passthrough is simulated surround at best. (Dolby ProLogic if you will.)