Rich has an old HDTV that is losing its ability to play audio until it warms up. It works better on analog, but not on HDMI. Leo suspects that the TV's digital to analog converter is going bad on it. One way to test this is to plug in some headphones and see if the problem persists. If it does, then he'll know it's the converter.
Will a soundbar bypass the problem? Leo says probably not since it would have the same issue. Another option is to use the ChannelMaster DVR and take the audio from that. Then his old TV just becomes a monitor.