Hello, I have never had a HT but recently got a HDTV (Panasonic CT 36 HX42) for my birthday. I therefore just bought a DVD with progressive scanning (Onkyo DV SP300) and plan to get an Onkyo hts 650 HT system, although I haven't actually bought it yet. I will also want to connect my Playstation 2 and my vcr. My questions are these : Is it right to connect the dvd to the tv with a component cable, and the dvd to the reciever with either coax cable or optical(both the reciever and the dvd have both options) so that I can get a progressive scaning image but Dolby digital or DTS sound? Please note BTW that I don't have the special HDTV reciever yet as I am waiting for those to come down in price but hope to have it in the future. The tv has inputs for 2 sets of component cable. The reciever from what I've read doesn't have component inputs/out puts but has a lot of s video cable and composit cable ins and outs. Can I then connect the TV to the receiver with the red and white RCA cable or S video cable ( and if there is a preference which one?) so that I can listen to regular tv stations on the speakers connected to the receiver? Should I connect the vcr to the receiver with s video and then connect another svideo from the receiver to the tv? Should I connect the PS2 (which has a cable with composit plugs on one end and a type of computer-like connector on the other end) to the front composit cable input of the tv and hope that the connection from the tv to the receiver alows me to play games on the ps2 and hear it through the speakers? or should I plug only the yellow plug of the PS2 into the tv and plug the red and white ones directly into the reciever? (BTW I'm not sure that last connection would reach but I suppose they sell longer PS2 cords). Lastly as far as speaker wire is concerned, (since I've read on this forum that I should not use the wire the Onkyo comes with) what do the terms "zip wire" and OFC mean in this context? Thanks in advance to any who reply. I am a novice as far as home theater is concerned, although I've had a long history of hooking up vcr's and such. Partially what is confusing is I've read you can't mix cable types.