Hello, just registered on this forum as I've just bought some new equipment and need advice on how to connect. Hope you can help. I have just installed a Pioneer 436 XDE with a sky+ feed and an AVR300 and DV79. I have just bought a QED HDMI cable to connect the DVD player into the media box. Questions....... 1. To connect the audio output from from the DVD player to the amp should I be using digital or analogue connections? What is the generally accepted view on what is best? Or should I connect up both, use analogue for music and digital for movies? 2. With my HDMI cable installed I guess I should switch the DVD to progressive scan. Are there any other sittings I should chnage? 3. If I buy a HD DVD (I know ther aren't many titles about) will I be able to play it back on my pioneer and feel the benefit of true HD or do I need a scaler? If so is there a scaler that works well with this arcam set up, or is arcam planning to provide a scaler as an upgrade option for the DVD79 soon? 4. I've heard that some people use their AV amps to act as a switch for their TV inputs. Is this recommeded? What benetits do I get? Would that mean that if I'm wacthing sky the sound will come out over the surround sound instead of the TV speakers?....hmmmmm, not sure if I want this? 5. I'm aware that AVR300 has seven output channels. As I'm only installing 5 surround speakers will that mean I can use the other two to power a pair of speakers in another room (zone 2) at the same time? Phew, I think that's all for now! If you can give any other advice on the optimal setup to an AV beginner I'd appreciate it. Thanks.