My original HT system was installed in 2006 so I know it's older technology. The equipment I have is as follows: TV - Pioneer Elite PRO-930HD Receiver - Pioneer Elite VSX-81TXV Sony Bluray/DVD player- BDP-S590 The TV is connected to the receiver with hi-def component video and optical digital cable (I'm assuming that is audio) - monster cables. Though the receiver does have hdmi out I am unable to use that connection to the tv because the tv is on the wall and all the equipment is in a closet. I don't have the funds to have an hdmi cable run through the walls (nor do I feel like patching and painting walls) to the equipment. The old dvd player had component video and digital optical audio cable that was used to connect to the receiver and I never even throught about the connection when I purchased the Sony DVD player. So I have a few questions: 1. is "optical digital cable" connection audio only or is it also video too? because in the sony dvd player instruction guide it gives two options for connecting the dvd player to a receiver with "digital cable": one-coaxial digital cable or two-optical digital cable. 2. The Sony DVD player does not have component video connections. I've seen some hdmi to component video converters...do they actually work? If they do work, I would love to have a recommendation as to which one I should purchase (preferrably a less expensive one). 3. I'm assuming a hdmi cable hookup from the receiver to the dvd player will not work since the tv is not connected to the receiver with hdmi cable as well...correct? Aside from the obvious of getting a blu-ray player with component video I value any other suggestions! Thank you!