Got a new Panasonic 50" G-15 plasma for the family room. Wife is excited to mount it to the wall, and have a single wire (i.e. HDMI) run through the wall to it so that everything looks nice. So far, so good! Right now we have the following: Inputs: DISH HD DVR (HDMI, component); Panasonic Blue-Ray player (HDMI, component); Toshiba VCR (composite, S, component); Wii (composite, surprisingly); might add a CD player and lose the VCR. Have a Pioneer Elite VSX-50 (stored the DVD that came paired with it when we got the Blu-Ray) which handles the current setup OK but has no HDMI; it has optical and digital coax(?) handling the audio inputs. Also I have a killer VSX-72TXV in the basement not doing much of anything but I don't think I'd move it upstairs as it isn't HDMI 1.3. We're willing to invest in an Onkyo 607 or similar to get HDMI 1.3 ins/outs/switching. (Can even the Wii can be run through that receiver via HDMI to the TV?) But should we? The most commonly used configuration now is receiver "off" and watching CNN or cartoons or Jeopardy with just the the TV speakers. A configuration that requires the receiver "on" all the time will be unpopular. Does the HDMI signal pass to the TV even with the receiver turned off? And sometimes I like to turn on a football game but pop in a CD to listen to. Does HDMI run thru the receiver prevent me from doing that? Seems like it would. Should we run optical digital from the TV back to the receiver for surround sound? In short after setting up the system, we want to be able to: 1) Watch HDTV/Blue-ray movies in glorious surround sound (5.1); 2) Just turn on the TV to watch the news without powering up the receiver at all; 3) Listen to music from CD or radio while a ballgame or CNBC shows on the TV screen. Does wanting to run only one HDMI wire to the TV Help us to not make a mistake, and get a setup everyone will be happy with. Thanks!