I've just looked at the forum for a couple of days and must admit that I'm somewhat overwhelmed. My first TV was given to us right after grad school in 1959--it had a round screen! I've been distinctly behind the curve ever since [ who needs color to watch Gunsmoke reruns?] Well, I thought I'd try better once. I've already ordered my gear befor I found the forum but there are piles of questions that arise on hookup and sources. I'll make every effort to hold it down but will apprciate help you can afford. My equipment so far: CambridgeSoundWorks MC300: LCR, 4xSurrounds, sub Onkyo 989 Sony KV-36XBR Toshiba 3755 el cheapo VCR [ I'll replace this if it'll help ] Some Q's: We have really poor cable available; I don't have digital but I understand that digital increases the number of channels but does not do much for quality. Is that correct? I just got DirecTV DSL. If I got their satallite TV service would it have significant HDTV? Are there other high quality input sources? What is TOSLINK? I did a search on hookup and found it daunting; perhaps in due course I'll ask for help in narrowing this down. I appreciate the help and your conduct policies.