Hi. I would really appreciate some help in figuring out the best way to connect up my home theatre system, having recently bought a new DVD player, Surround Sound Receiver and a Freeview STB, to augment my old TV/VCR system. Each of the instruction manuals has a slightly different suggested connection approach, and I am hoping that someone can help me make sense of it all. I used to think I was technically savvy, but am now just lost in confusion. My system consists of the following: 1. TV. Philips 29PT8282C. Old 28" 4:3 CRT. SCART 1. Recommended for STB. I think this is input only. SCART 2. Recommended for VCR. I think this is input and output. SCART3. Recommended for other peripherals. Again, I think this is input only. There is also a Audio L&R output via phono sockets There is no S-Video connector on the back, although there is an S-Video font panel connection along with Audio L&R phono sockets and a Video phono socket, all for Camcorder input. 2. VCR. JVC HR S-7000 S-VHS recorder. SCART 1. Normally connected to TV. This is both input and output. SCART 2. Recommended for STB. This is input only RF in, RF out. S-Video input and output Audio L&R input and output phono connectors 3. STB. Humax PVR-8000T SCART marked TV SCART marked Video Audio L&R and Video output phono connectors S/PDIF optical output 4. DVD player. Pioneer 575A Audio L&R stereo output phone connectors Audio 5.1 output phono connectors Video output phono connector Component video out (3 phono connectors) SCART (to receiver) 5. Receiver. Pioneer C502. Digital Audio inputs; 1 coaxial phono connector and 2 optical connectors (can be associated with different input devices) Surround L&R, Centre and Surround inputs (Front L&R carried by SCART) SCART 1. Video (for VCR) SCART 2. STV SCART 3. TV SCART4. DVD I would like to understand the best way to connect everything together. I have two separate (and possibly different connection) requirements: - I would like to know what the best quality connection configuration is. - I would ideally like be able to use the VCR and STB with the TV, without having to have the receiver switched on. I know that my VCR can only record analogue TV signals, not those from the STB. Much of my confusion is from not knowing what signals are carried in a fully cabled SCART, and whether they are better quality than those carried by the other connection types. One final question I have is to do with earthing. All my equipment runs off 2-core mains cables (no earth). I noticed that if I touch a neon mains tester screwdriver against exposed metal, it lights up briefly, but I know that the chassis are not 'live' as such. Should I try to earth each chassis to the mains earth? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!