Well, my grandparents give me $500 every year for christmas so I decided that I would take this years present and get a stereo for my HDTV. The only problem is that I am unsure as to what might be the best possible solution for my situation and I was wondering if anyone here might be able to lend a hand. I suppose that it would be best to start with what I already have. As of right now I have: 36" RCA direct-view HDTV model #MM36110 Panasonic DVD-RV 220 (yeah... old school. It's not even progressive scan) Xbox with the HDTV pack A nicer monster power strip The room that I'm setting up in is roughly 12X14 with 9' ceilings. Also, it is the main living room so there is no wall along one of the 14' sides (e.g. the living room leads into the dining room). Now as I said before I have $500 but I can probably raise that if it isn't too much higher (< or =$100). I'm in grad school so I have limited funds at this particular time. A few of the things that I would like out of my system are: Since I play video games, I would like at least 5.1 sound (6.1 or greater would be nice too). It would be nice to have a receiver with at least 2 component ins and two digital audio ins so that a component DVD player/SACD player and my xbox will have digital sound. Actually thats all that I can think of now in terms of criteria. I really don't have an allegiance to any brand and I don't hate any brands, either. As far as cables go, I'm fine with Radio Shack cable since it seems to be almost as good as expensive cable and I'm on a limited budget. Also, I don't need a progressive DVD player included because my mom will get me one for under $200 this christmas if I want one (suggestions would be helpful though ) One last question. My friend recently told me that the signal is heavily degraded when using a receiver as a switch for component connections. I was always under the impression that a little degredation was in order, but it would be hardly noticiable. What do you guys think? I only have one component in on my TV so I need a solution and the reciever seems like the most cost effective solution. Anyways thanks for all your help and I'll check back as often as I can to see if you need any more info. Thanks again.