Do you have a cable or sat box? Or are you only using the hdtv to tune in your channels?
With a cable or sat box, the proper audio connection is ideally dugital optical out to av receiver.
This way you aren't subject to limitations of some hdtvs with specific content.
If you need more clarification, feel free to ask. Budget permitting, I would go with a traditional AV receiver/5.1 speakers/sub 99% of the time and recommend others do the same.
I just bought a Panasonic VIERA 60 inch plasma (TC-P60ST60). The sound isn't great, which I expected from reading reviews. Consequently, I want to put in surround sound. I have had my A/V guy tell me to use an inexpensive Blu-ray player for two reasons: 1) it has all the apps and 2) the TV itself does not have the ability to materially amplify the sound enough through the separate speakers in the home theater surround sound system.
Since the Panasonic has all the apps I want and I like the interface AND it connected easily to my wireless network, I am not too excited about using the Blu-ray just because it has apps.
So, should I skip the Blu-ray and buy a receiver to power the speakers? What are the pros and cons? Is it mainly just a money issue? Will a receiver not work as well for Netflix? And, lastly, would I be better off just getting a simple sound bar and skipping the speaker system/Blu-ray/receiver dilemma all together? FYI - I do not anticipate ever using the Blu-ray player to play DVDs.
Any insight is appreciated as is any links to good articles on this (I have not been able to find much at all).