My current frankenstein-like setup has the TV using the VCR as its a/v source, and my (analog) cable TV line and Super Nintendo plugged into the VCR. Separately, I have a pair of speakers driven by a 2-channel power amp, to which my cd player and tape deck are connected. I'd like to hook the VCR's audio outs to the amp, so that I can hear movies (and other things I'm watching on TV) on my speaker system, not just the TV speakers. However, when I do this, I get a loud hum over the speakers. If I disconnect the cable TV connection from the vcr, the hum stops (but then I can't watch TV, only movies). I have all of these components plugged into a single power strip, but I'm not convinced that's a problem since things sound fine with the cable TV cable unplugged. I don't have a cable box, the cable just comes in from the wall. How do I stop this humming? Do I need to get a power conditioner, or can I buy/build a simple circuit that will take care of things, or what? Is there some obvious thing I'm missing?