I've been thinking about the Pioneer 47A for a couple of months. Appreciate all the comments and discussions about this machine, esp. from stalwarts like keithH, PhilA, JohnK, etc. My bottom line is that this is not alot of money to experiment with 2 formats. I got a Sony 9000ES 'bout the same time as KeithH. It is my main source for SACD and CD- always in the Direct mode going to an analog bypass in the B&K 307. I use Harmonic Tech cables from the 9000 to the 307. 1st question: Do I need 6 or 8 RCAs? I understand some DVDa's have a very high quality (24/192) stereo track as well as the 24/96 5.1 mix. Do I need to have separate cables from the 47A's stereo outputs to take advantage of these tracks? That is the case with the XA777ES; in my understanding the bridged DACs for extra high quallity 2 channel output only through the stereo outputs- not the 5.1 outputs. I know you can fool the player to output stereo only from the L and R fronts outputs of the 5.1 array, but those outputs do not support the bridged DACs. 2nd question: Given the quality of the 47A, how important are good cables? I'm not sure of the future of mch SACD- not many titkes yet though most recent releases are mch. Also, perhaps I'm not looking in the right places but I'm not seeing much new material in DVD-A. I admit some of the re-releases are attractive titles, but I've heard some criticism that the DVDA's are being mixed for less critical listening. Not trying to start a war here- as i said above for this kind of money it will be fun to play with mch to a greater extent than DVD-V DTS and DD 5.1 discs have allowed. BTW, the bass management issue is not a concern of mine.