My HDTV which is a Panasonic has a lot of inputs but only 2 are component. Since my biggest concern is dvd pic and sound I plan to connect the progressive dvd player I just bought to one of the component inputs and run either a coaxial or optical cable to the receiver. I plan to buy (I don't have one yet and I have never had a HT receiver before) a receiver with at least a couple of component input/outputs for future expandability. I have a PS2 which I don't keep connected. I connect it to the front composit(NOT component) input that the tv has, because the tv is huge and it is hard to move to connect and disconnect from the back where the 2 component inputs are. Would it work to connect the composit connector that the PS2 came with, to the front composit input AND run a digital optical cable from the PS2 to the reciever? Also they sell monster cable "component" PS2 cable. But unlike the x-box I don't think the PS2 actually has progressive scan or something to make this necessary or even advantageous. Can someone clarify this? If somebody DOES connect a PS2 component cable, do you STILL have to add an optical cable going to the reciever? I'm guessing yes as the connection from the tv output to the reciever would be rca white/red cables at best. Lastly, I initially thought my vcr had s -video output but upon actually looking at it, it's best output is a composit. I currently have it directly connected to one of the tv's composit inputs. Can I do better than connecting the vcr ouput composit directly to the tv, and running rcs red/white to the receiver? I've read to get an s-video adaptor but if the source is only composit would that actually help? And if I did that would the best connection I could make from the reciever output to the tv input be s video? My priorities are thus: I want the progressive scan of the dvd HDTV and the receiver to give me the best dvd playback possible , the next most important thing is very good sound from my cd's played on the dvd player, after that I would be thrilled for the sound of my tv shows and vcr to come out of my speakers. I loved going from mono tv to stereo out of the tv speakers but now look forward to stepping up to HT. Thanks in advance to anybody who replies.