Hello all, the last time I touched my home theater was in 2001 when I hooked it up, so I am a bit behind the times. I have gotten (for free) a 51" Sony Wega rear projection TV (KP-51WS520) that needed some minor repair. I have repaited it and hooked it up in my living room and have noticed the following: 1- connected to my digital cable box (non-HD) via the coax, the picture is a bit grainy. Nothing horrendous, but not as good as my old tube was. Normal? Would using the component video output of the cable box improve things? 2- connected via composite video to my DVD player, a "wide screen" DVD still plays with bars at top/bottom, regardless of which wide mode I use. Is there a setting on the DVD or TV that would remedy this? Also the picture is just not that great - slightly better than cable via coax, but still not as good as my old tube. Now, I suspect that if I got a HD cable box and hooked it up via HDMI that I could watch HD programming and be more impressed, but for "regular" definition programming, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed in the picture quality. It is a BIGGER picture (previous TV was a 4:3 32" Toshiba tube, going dark after 5 years... GRRR! ) but not as good as I am used to. btw, we are sitting about 8 feet away from the screen. Anything I can do to improve my experience? Thanks in advance.