I'm posting this on behalf of a friend of mine who I saw recently. He asked me because of my interest in hi-fi and home cinema but I don't have all the answers, hence this post. Unhappy with the sound from TV speakers, he is looking to add something to his TV/DVD player setup to improve the sound. My friend and his wife told me they often put the subtitles on - specifically when watching DVDs - as they find the speech hard to follow. I have the same problem watching DVDs and blu-rays on my bedroom setup, where I'm relying on the TV speakers! As for my friend's setup, the TV is roughly 7 years old, full HD spec with HDMI and SCART connectors. I understand there is optical but my friend cannot recall how many (possibly only one). Television is watched using Freeview channels, no cable or satellite box. Films are watched on a DVD player, a Panasonic model of early 2000s vintage. I said to my friend that a low-cost way of improving the sound would be to add a soundbar. Beyond that, he'd have to invest in a home cinema setup with AVR, speakers etc. The latter option is not so appealing due to being able to keep equipment away from prying hands (two young children), as well as cost. At the moment I am waiting for my friend to confirm if the TV has a HDMI socket marked ARC (Audio Return Channel). My understanding is that if it has this, then only one HDMI cable would be needed to connect the TV to the soundbar....but if no ARC on the TV, then an optical cable is also required to connect the TV to the soundbar. Is this correct? The other question I have relates to the other devices connected to the TV. There is the aforementioned DVD player connected via SCART, and also a Nintendo games console connected via a cable with red, yellow & white RCA connectors. I think this is composite? So that leads to the question of sound processing of the DVD player and also games console used by the young children in the family. How will the audio for the DVD player be processed, given that its connection to the TV is via SCART? Can the soundbar even process it? Do they need to change to a different connection (i.e. optical) to the TV or soundbar directly? I don't know how many optical ports the TV has, or how many you usually get on a soundbar either! I am not familiar with soundbars at all, having a 5.1 setup myself. Or is this a futile exercise and they'd be better off investing in a blu-ray player? I have suggested they invest in a blu-ray player anyway, given that the cost of the players has come down so much and the discs are comparable to DVDs now in terms of price. Not only that, but the DVD player is SD and a blu-ray player will give them HD picture and sound (and at the very least upscale to near-HD quality when watching DVDs), which will mean they get more out their expensive (at the time) HD TV! And what about the games console? I don't know if it has a HDMI port or not (yet). I realise I don't yet have all the information I need but some advice/suggestions and answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated!