Ok guys I bought this home theater setup back in May of 2008 and believe it or not I just took it out of the box and hooked it up a few wks ago. It was relugated to the man cave instead of the house and I want to hook this thing up as best as possible to maximize it's features. Just reading up on some things, it appears that I cannot run an HDMI cable from my laptop to the reciever and it output audio with just that cable. I was thinking it would but apparently not. I have the Onkyo HT-S5100 7.1 system and I'm going to have a ps3 or 4 out there and a dish network box. I will probably use my laptop to play music for now and it has an hdmi out on it. I need to get an adapter to use my samsung galaxy 3 to play through the stereo. It came with an ipod docking station but only my son's IPOD will play through it.Looking at my Toshiba c855d s5320 it doesn't appear to have an optical in or out so playing audio throught it might not be the best sound anyway. And won't that be the same case for my galaxy 3? I have the ps3 in the house hooked up to my 2001 Sony 5.1 theater system and the optical audio is awesome. I wish all of my components that I will have in here had optical outs. I will just have the dish box and the ps3 or 4 if i get a ps4 since my son pretty much debo'ed my ps3 lol. Help me with the best options as far as getting the best out of my components with what I have and what cables I need to get, ect.