Originally Posted by CitizenOfDreams
An amplifier without an analog input? I just realized I'm old.
Your pretty much only option is to buy a converter from analog audio to Toslink. That should cost you around 30-40 dollars, including the cables.
You aren't that old CoD, it's that this system doesn't have a real amplifier. This is a "you get what you pay for" type of situation. I understand the OP doesn't want to go broke on this, but when you take the cheaper way out, you sometimes have to sacrifice functionality. One of my co-workers bought a THIB where the Blu-ray player is also the receiver/amplifier. It only had 1 HDMI input on it, nothing else. He had issues trying to listen to music channels through his cable box, and was pretty frustrated with the overall experience.
OP: Do you HAVE to have a soundbar, or is it just a convenience thing? You could always set this system up as 3.1 (no rear speakers), and not have to worry about running speaker wire all over the room:
You'll have no issues connecting an iPod to this.