My last receiver was purchased in 1993 so this is all new to me. The answers here are probably obvious to non-beginners but in reading the receiver manual it states that when connecting the receiver to the TV, hook up with either component, S-video or composite cables, but you must use the same type of cable to hook up your DVD as you do to hook up the TV. Now, I plan to run my DVD directly to my TV (Sony 36 xbr800) through component cables. I planned on hooking up the TV to the receiver with a simple video cable. For me, the only reason for hooking up the receiver to my TV is so that I can see the onscreen display of the reciever. Will hooking the TV up to the receiver with one video cable provide a problem if my DVD has no video connection with the receiver? I do not want to have to buy another component video cable for this purpose if I can avoid it. Moroever, even if I do both component connections, the manual states I would still need s-video or composite from the receiver to the TV to see the on-screen displays. I currently have my TV connected directly to my old Pioneer with regular red and white audio cables. Is this the audio connection that I should use to connect the TV to the receiver for audio purposes, so that I can watch TV through by speakers? Or would I be better off running it directly from the cable box to the receiver. Also, why do you need to hook up both digital optical AND analog cables from the receiver to the DVD as stated in the manual? Is that because the non-digital signals cannot go through the digital optical cable? Thanks for helping out a beginner.