man, after reading even your most basic stuff in the beginners area, I really feel like a pup. bought my 1st system, a HTiB. it's not the best by far, but we think it sounds great on the couple movies we've watched so far. anyway, here's the thing. have a fairly new 27" TV and VCR (~2-3 yrs. old). both work well. we have cable (also works well). TV only has the input for the cable, composite video, and the red-black audio connectors. so the only way I can figure to hook it up is: cable into VCR, out to TV audio cables in/out between VCR and DVD composite video from DVD to VCR so if I play a movie, all is peachy as long as I set TV menu to VCR/AUX. but if I'm just watching TV, I have to turn the channel on the tuned VCR to match the channel on the TV to get surround sound. I want to be able to flip channels and ALWAYS get surround sound without messing with the VCR. what is the solution to this? a new TV with more (correct) inputs? take the VCR out of the loop (that doesn't seem correct). Please help. Thanks.