Okay so here's what I want to do, I want to hook up my Cable box, Blu ray, xbox and computer up to a new tv (I haven't purchased yet, waiting to find out what this feature is called to look for it). I want there to be an output on the television (hdmi or toslink is fine) that I can plug into my receiver that will allow all the 5.1 signals from the a fore mentioned units to pass through to the receiver so their intended full surround sound will be available and not downgraded to 2.1. I know this can be done on some televisions but I don't know what this feature is called or how to look for it. Please do not tell me to hook up the components separately to the TV and the receiver, I don't want to, nor does my girlfriend comprehend the idea of turning on 3 separate devices and choosing 2 separate inputs just to watch a dvd or a TV show. I looked around and saw articles on what I am trying to do but none really told me what the feature is called or how to look for it. Thanks in advance!
If you do not have an external stereo 5.1 surround sound system, and it is going to be played within the speakers in the TV, you will be forced into 2.1 (or even 2.0). TV's do not usually hold the High End sound capabilities of separate audio systems.
Heres an example of what to look for when looking for your TV:Sony 46" KDL-46EX700
Audio Features5.1 Channel Audio Out Yes5.1ch Through Out (Handycam) YesAlternate Audio (Digital) yes
Audio Out Variable/Fixed
Auto Mute (on no signal) Yes
Auto SAP 20FM/10AM
Clear Voice Yes
Dolby® Dolby® DigitalInvisible Speaker (w/Sound Elevation) Yes
S-Master YesSony Original Surround Yes
Sound Enhancer Yes
Sound Mode Dynamic, Standard, Clear Voice, Custom
SteadySound® Automatic Volume Control Yes
Stereo System MTS
Surround Effect Cinema, Music, Live Sports, Game