Will digital optical cable pass 5.1 from TV to receiver? I think this has been answered--but along with the answers has been other information that makes it all confusing to me--so I'll apologize upfront--I'm hoping someone here can cut through the fog... Recently my second Yamaha receiver died (rx v373). Actually, since it clicks when I push the reset sequence I think maybe it's the protection circuit, but regardless it's just too much money right now to replace or have repaired. I've got a surge protector and we don't do anything weird with the receivers. When that was working I had the DVR and Blu-Ray HDMI's plugged into the receiver and that outputting HDMI to the LG 55LB5550 TV, and sound to a set of Klipsch 5.1 surround speakers. $300 or so for a new receiver isn't doable so I was looking at Craigslist and thinking about an older 5.1 capable receiver to use for the time being--but the ones I've seen for what I can afford and wouldn't be too much of a risk if it too failed, don't have HDMI, or have HDMI inputs but can't take the audio from it. So I'm thinking to plug the DVR and Blu-Ray HDMI's into the TV and use a digital optical cable from the TV to the used non-HDMI audio capable receiver. But from what I've been reading it appears that the digital optical cable can't carry the 5.1 surround information...or can it? The TV specs say it has a Dolby® Digital Decoder--what's the point of that if it only has weak stereo speakers and can't send out the information? Or is it a copy protection issue and the cable can pass the information but isn't allowed to do so? Would that setup work and give the 5.1 surround? If not, would it be 2 channel stereo that I could use the receiver controls to at least balance and fade? And would the subwoofer still be doing what it's supposed to? Would there likely be any other issues like a delay? Are there any other economically feasible solutions--like some kind of an HDMI splitter that would maintain the 5.1? I'm not trying to be cheap, we've just had some financial upsets recently and would still like to relax with a good movie. Thank you!