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Let's try a couple of things.
First, disconnect all HDMI connections from the set. Tune to a local station via antenna, or use component inputs with anything you have that has component outputs. We're taking the set's CRC functions out of the loop. Also, disconnect any audio output cabling.
With no HDMI connections, see if the speaker selection is still grayed out.
If the speaker selection comes back, you need to go into your menus and disable CRC. If it doesn't come back, you're likely looking at a firmware or motherboard issue.
From searching this board, I'm seeing a lot of similar HDMI issues all related to firmware. It's an old set and firmware updates may no longer be available. If the above tests don't work, list your firmware and/or search Samsung's support site to see if a new version is (still) available.
Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.