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Soundbar basics


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Looking for a cheap soundbar, for use with Sky HD and Sony BDP-S370 Bluray player.

The two I am leaning towards are the Yamaha YAS-101 and Panasonic SC-HTB520.

My question is; how important is connectivity? The Yamaha has no HDMI connections, the Panasonic one. Is HDMI the be-all-and-end-all or is optical just as good?

Thanks in advance.

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