I have a 42pd7500 Hitachi, I'd like to know when DVD HDMI is input to the screen whether stereo audio is output from the monitor output? I know no video signal is as the manual says so. You maybe thinking why not use the Player's stereo outputs - sound is from a Panny S97 - which doesn't have marvellous sound from its internal DACS. They Hitachi's DACS maybe better, if only they could be output to a proper hi-fi - and not routed through weedy amp/speakers (12W) in the screen! DVD soundtracks can easily send the amp/speakers into distortion. I don't want to fork out for an AV amp+speakers, when I have 100W McIntosh amp+ Tannoy TD12s at my disposal. It's damn inflexible if you have to fork out for the full home cinema gear, just to get improved stereo when using HDMI!!!