You can blame it on the quest to enforce copyright law, etc. It's a known limitation where the HDTV is unable to pass along DD5.1 (etc.) via the digital optical output. Analog connctions, if available (infrequent on newer HDTVs), usually still work- they just can't pass along anything except mono or stereo audio signals.
This is why it is imperative if your goal is to pass along surround sound/digital sound from various components such as blu ray, etc. that you utilize a real AV receiver. The price now is so low for an entry level system that's it's hard to pass up IMO.
Hello. I am trying to get the new Bose Solo soundbar to work on the Sharp Aquos LCD TV model LC40D78UN.
The Sharp LCD TV has an optical audio output that is supposed to work with audio devices like amplifiers or similar.
The audio signal is provided to the Sharp TV via HDMI input from either a Blu-Ray player or a satellite receiver.
I have reviewed all the settings on the Sharp TV. The digital signal is somehow not being processed through the tv from the HDMI input to the optical output.
The Bose Solo will work when connected to analog RCA output jacks on the Sharp TV.
Need help understanding why the soundbar will not work when connected directly to the optical output on the TV.