Been lurking for a couple of weeks, and reading a lot. I just purchased my first HT set-up and still have a couple of questions. I recently purchased a modest home theatre set-up for our small rental house: 30" Philips CRT 16x9 HDTV and the Onkyo HTS-780 HTIB. I put LOTR ROTK in first and was promptly grinning from ear to ear. I've been really impressed with the quality of the Onkyo, all of the great things I have read here helped me in that decision. The television, on the other hand is giving me some headaches. I have Digital Cable through Brighthouse networks and am experiencing some audible humming or buzzing from the television speakers which I think I have narrowed down to a ground loop. I don't hear this when I send sound to my onkyo though, which is hooked to the cable box via digital coax. does this raise any flags to any of you? I am going to be upgrading a HD reciever through my cable provider this weekend, so I will see if that solves anything. If not, I plan on getting a filter like the Jensen Isomax. In addition, I've got some minor video problems when watching cable tv, such as pin cushioning, snowy picture, and occasional bright vertical lines on the edges of the picture (along the black bars when the t.v. is in 4:3 mode). Some channels are worse than others. Of course, this being a philips tv, there is no adjustment for pin-cushioning. To add one more possible variable to the list, the house we rent is probably 50-60 years old and has very sketchy electricity. For example, if I run the toaster and the microwave at the same time, I throw a breaker. I suppose this could be adding to the problem. I've currently got it all plugged into a cheap 5 dollar surge protector, so I may try getting a nicer one soon. I don't experience any video problem when watching DVD's at 16x9. I currently am using an old panasonic DVD player with no progressive scan. I am torn between getting the 200 dollar oppo upconverting player or just getting a cheap 50 dollar progressive scan player... Given my display, what do you guys think? Quite honestly, I am quite impressed with my old panasonic on this display, it's just that if I've got an HD capable display, I might as well try to take advantage of it. If you've made it this far through the post, thanks for reading. And thanks to the community for all the info thus far.