I know it's been talked about before, but has it been confirmed that audio via the optical output is converted down to stereo (2.0)? I am looking for a soundbar to hopefully help with my audio woes, but I'd like the soundbar to do as much of the audio processing as possible. Unfortunately, so many of the soundbars on the market only support optical in.
Edit: I specifically mean audio from HDMI-connected devices. I have an Xbox 360 that I watch TV through--I want to make sure the full audio signal of this device makes it to my soundbar/sub.
Don't the 360's have a seperate optical output? I know they used to. My old one did.
From the manual:
A home theater system that has been connected to the TV using an HDMI cable and an optical
cable supports 2-channel audio only. However, the home theater is capable of supporting
5.1-channel audio from digital broadcasts.
To listen to 5.1-channel audio from an external device, connect the device to the TV via an HDMI
cable and the device's digital audio output connector directly to the home theater system.