first off I have to say what a nice forum you guys have here. and second for my question, I have absolutely no clue when it comes to this stuff I just bought a DVD player that came with a 6 peice speaker set and it sounded real good but I didn't know how to hook it up to my TV so that I could have good TV sound. I have a cable that comes out of the wall and into my vcr, from the back of the vcr into the back of the TV then I have A/V cables (red yellow and white rca plugs) from the back of the DVD player to the TV then a red and white rca plugs from the vcr to the aux in the dvd player for sound but it only comes through two speakers and my TV has no outputs on it just RCA inputs and coax I think thats what it is (see I don't even know what to call all these cables) well I just got frustrated and took the thing back to the store so now I'm gonna start all over again and am hoping that my puny $500 budget can get me something that sounds halfway decent when I watch TV with regular cable, anyway to shorten things up a little is it better to buy speakers then a receiver and then a DVD player? what am I going to do? I live in an apartment so I guess I don't need a great big system, which is probably a good thing with only 500 bucks. If anyone can think of a good system please let me know. I am completely lost in this home theatre stuff!!