First, my heartfelt thanks to all the experienced HT owners for sharing their knowledge so rookies such as myself don't totally mess things up!! I made the mistake of an impulse purchase 4 years ago of a package Sony HT system. It was an improvement over just the TV speakers, but MAN did it get outdated FAST!! As did the SHARP 36" TV (model 36K-S400) I hope I can get $200 for it but doubt it!! ANYWAY, I just picked up (after listening to LOTS of stuff as was advised by many..) a Yamaha HTR-5560 receiver, JBL SC150S1 speaker set, and Samsung DVD-P421 player, for $999 Best Buy. Also got 100 ft. 12ga. Monster cable, Home Depot @ .34 p ft. Then went ahead and grabbed a Samsung HDTV model HCM-4215W for another 1,600 bucks. The reason of choice being the relatively narrow body of the unit (a full 4" thinner than all the rest in that size range and pic was quite delightful even in the store) MY QUESTION AT LAST, thanks for bearing with me I am REALLY excited... Is it OK to just hook up the speaker wires raw to the binding posts or do I really need the banana plugs....also what component cables are the best for this set-up, not wanting to buy high priced Monster if unnecc. OH,YES...is the AVIA disc as good as the SOUND AND VISION disc?? THANKS SO MUCH!!