My name is Wayne. I live in Oakville, Ontario. I'm having my basement finished and I'm planning to put in a home theatre system. I have bought most of my components in stages. I have the receiver with all the speakers and I just purchased the plasma TV. I need to buy a dvd player to complete the system. My questions are: 1. I want a dvd/vcr combo unit. Do any manufacturers make them with HDMI upconversion technology and digital optical cable output? My Kenwood receiver is about 3 years old; (Model #VR-6070/KRF-X9060D) has two input jacks to support digital optical cable inputs. I did find a dvd/vcr combo from Samsung that does have HD upconversion technology (DVD-V9650) but it does not have optical cable outputs. 2. Is optical cable outputs the only way to truly enjoy digital cable sound? Or is this old technology? 3. If I can find a dvd/vcr combo with optical outputs, can I still plug in the dvd/vcr combo directly into Plasma tv with HDMI cables for the video and then plug in the optical cables into the receiver for digital sound? Will this work or will I have to hook it up some other way? Any advice greatly appreciated.