Hello! I am a newcomer to the home theater world, and I have a few questions I thought I would throw out there for you more knowledgable guys. First of all, I am in the process of building my first HT. I recently purchased a Toshiba 52hm95 and really like it so far. I have a Philips DVP642/37 DVD player outputting 480p through component cables directly into my TV. I just got a HD box from Adelphia (which was absolutely nothing like the lady promised me- thanks Adelphia) and, as the HD channels are not working as of this evening (thanks again), I have no idea what a good HD picture really looks like (aside from the browsing I've done in every electronics store in east Tennessee), so I'm not going to be able to really evaluate the picture quality with any sort of deep knowledge. I was originally looking for an HTIB, but as this really doesn't seem to add any value to the system (not to mention being utter anathema to the HT crowd) I am now looking for a low-cost component system. Ideally, I would like to have at the very least a DVD player with 'very good' to 'excellent' video upscaling (my Toshiba's native resolution is 720p, but accepts 1080i and p) and a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound system, preferably with wireless rear speakers. (Video is, at least at the moment, a more pressing concern for me than audio). I was initally deadset on HDMI technology. However, having read through a bunch of threads here (most notably the HDMI vs DVI debate involving the Outlaw eschewing of HDMI technology), I have become considerably more cautious about using this type of technology. I have already posted a more detailed question about HDMI on that thread, so I'll just eagerly await the responses there. I have a few more general questions here: 1). Does anyone have any ideas on how to build a system somewhat close to what is specified above (or better) and keep within about a $600 budget? I'm definitely open to ideas! 2). As my TV has a native resolution of 720p, is there really a distinct advantage to having something like the HD-A1 over a good SD upconverting DVD player? And how close is component video to HDMI? 3). I would really like to have everything up and running as soon as possible. But would I be better off to just do without and buy one component at a time, waiting until I could afford the nicer stuff? (BTW, my definition of 'nicer stuff' probably resembles most of your definitions of 'decent to pretty good stuff.') 4). Is anyone else having trouble with Adelphia? The customer service rep on the phone told me I would have 16 HD channels, 60 more normal channels, and a HDMI port on the back of my device. As far as I can tell, all of this is absolute hogwash. Not only that, but after racing home to meet the Adelphia techs (who were pretty nice guys, in their defense) to make sure everything got set up, I now find that I am not 'authorized' to watch the HD channels I'm paying for. What is the best way to deal with these people? 4). I am currently reading "Home Theater for Dummies" along with a vigorous regimen of HTF and other online sources. Does anyone have any reccommendations (especially books) of resources for really delving into HT? I'm something of a gadget freak (I have a BlackBerry 7130e and an LG vx9800) and I would really like to be able to hit the ground running and get up to speed quickly. The 'Dummies' book has been just wonderful so far, but I'm looking to supplement that info with more good stuff. 5). This one is related my earlier ramblings: what's a really good buy on a DVD player with good to great upscaling and a HDMI out? (And if it happens to be a PVR as well- more power to it!) And are there any reasonably-priced A/V recievers with HDMI passthrough? I saw a Sony online (sorry, model number escapes me) but I believe I read somewhere on HTF that Sony is not a good brand for that sort of thing. Any thoughts? Whew. Sorry to be so long-winded. I'm just new to all this and very excited by the prospect of figuring the whole HT thing out. I am open to any advice and reccommendations anyone may have. Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and special thanks to anybody who has any help for a hopelessly addicted newbie! I look forward to hearing from you!