I have read a lot of posts on this forum, but nothing seemed to relate directly to the questions I have about my first home theater setup. I have the following equipment: Sony STRDA1ES A/V receiver Polk Audio RM6200 5.1 speaker set with PSW-250 subwoofer Sony DVP-NS315 DVD player Sony 35" Trinitron TV (not certain of model number, about 3-4 years old at most. Came with the house I live in - long story Motorola Digital cable box (I subscribe to Insight Digital Cable if that makes any difference) My questions pertain to how to cable / hook-up these components: 1) Is the optical cable or digital coax cable from the DVD to the receiver recommended? 2) I believe that both the cable box and the TV have S-video capability/connectors. Do you recommend that I use this type of cable instead of the RCA 3-plug cables? Would it be redundant to use both or will S-video not send audio signals? 3) How should I connect these components together? I think the DVD must be connected to the receiver so I can get the 5.1 surround modes. Should I connect the video out from the receiver directly to the TV and connect the outputs for sound/video from the cable box into the receiver? 4) I'm not sure that I want to know this, but any comments on the equipment I've chosen for my low budget setup? I am sure that I will have other questions, but these are in the forefront of my mind now. Thanks in advance for your answers/recommendations.