Thinking of buying an AV amp - maybe Onkyo TX-NR515 (as it's pretty cheap and will do all i need and probably much more). Will be using with Sky+ HD box, Panasonic TX-P50ST50B tv, and Panasonic Blu-ray (can't remember model number but has both HDMI and 5.1 analogue outputs), and a 5.1 speaker set. I understand the basic cabling of HDMI running from the Sky box and Blu-ray player into the Onkyo, then HDMI cable from the Onkyo to my tv, plus speakers connected to the Onkyo to get a surround sound set-up.
My question is, with the above setup, is it possible just to listen to sound from tv speakers instead of the 5.1 surround ones. May seem a strange idea to use your tv speakers when you can have surround, but i know my wife is more than happy with just tv speakers and wants life to be as easy as possible (i've only just convinced her to watch HD channels - she doesn't like the extra detail of actors faces showing their lines, spots etc !!!).
So, to listen to just tv speakers, is it a case of just turning down the volume on the AV and increasing tv volume, as the HDMI cable from the onkyo to the tv is still carrying an audio channel. Apologies for my stupidity, but if i'm spending the money then i need to convince the wife that i'm not making life more complicated for her.
Thanks for any advise.