I currently have a Pioneer DV 99 all in one home cinema kit, which I have been pretty happy with. However, Im about to take delivery of a Panny 42 PV500 on Friday. Given that my Pioneer Home Cinema player does not even have component, I figured it would be worth buying a high defintion dvd player and ystday I bought the Pana DVD S97, which is high def capable. It comes with an HDMI cable which I was planning on plugging straight into my High Def plasma screen. My concern is how to obtain 5.1 surround sound from the S97 player. Reason being, the manual for the S97 suggests that even if I use an optical cable from my S97 to my Pioneer Home Cinema kit, I won't be getting 5.1 sound. Instead I'll only be getting 2 channel. I spoke to Panasonic and they said this was a typo, but Im not convinced. I am now therefore wondering whether I need to fork out for a HDMI Amp e.g. Pana SAX R70. This will be frustrating, primarily because of the extra expense but also because I will then also need to buy a speaker kit for the SAX R70, and I know nothing about which speaker kits are good value for money. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks.