Hi, hope I'm posting this in the right forum. I'm about to pull the trigger on a Monoprice HDMI-to-optical switch. (It's called the "4X1 HDMI 1.3b Certified Switcher with Toslink & Digital Coaxial port" -- sorry, I'm not allowed to post a link to it directly.)
However, in the item description, it indicates that if your TV only supports stereo output, then the optical output from the switch will only be in stereo/PCM, due to handshake/EDID issues.
So my question is, Does anyone know if the Sony Bravia KDL-V32XBR1 TV supports 5.1 output through the switch? I'd like to know before I buy, because if the switch is only going to give me stereo, it's not worth it for me. I've asked both Monoprice and Sony and got conflicting answers, so I'm hoping to hear from someone who's done this in the real world with a Sony Bravia 32". I've also searched the forums, but haven't seen any reviews of particular television models working or not.
Just FYI, my setup would be: An HDMI cable from my laptop to the switch. From the switch, I'd run an HDMI to the Sony TV, and an optical SPDIF line to my receiver (which doesn't have HDMI in). Anyone know if the Sony TV will allow 5.1 output from the switch to the receiver?