I hope you don't mind me asking some very basic questions - I'm wanting to buy my first AV amp & speakers and I'm having trouble figuring out what to look for. I have a reasonable mid-range DVD player (Tosh510) that supports DD5.1 and DTS (and DVD-A). The Richer Sounds amp guide suggests that since the DVD player can do the decoding, I only need a Dolby prologic amp with 6 channel input. Other threads and articles I've seen suggest it may be better to let the amp do the decoding, but I can't figure out whether that's true if you have a competent DVD player. Surely noise-wise you want as few components in the amp as possible? Until I saw the advice above, I had been thinking about a Denon, perhaps the 1602/1802. But now I'm wondering whether I would get better quality for my money if I went for just prologic at the same price. What do you experts think? If this is a good strategy, can you recommend models I should look at? I'm more interested in movies than music. If a decoder in the amp is better, is it better enough to be worth doing now or would I get more immediate value putting more money into the speakers and upgrading the amp later when I understand more about what I'm doing? This video-switching business seems a bit confusing to me too. I understand the argument that says with video-switching you can select a channel's video and audio in one go. Others have said this is not so important in the UK... but what is the workaround, or do you just switch video and audio over separately? My TV is only Nicam, so I assume I can't sensibly switch the audio sources through the TV..? It's a Loewe Vitros so has plenty of connection options (3 scarts and component). I'd be really interested to hear how other Vitros owners have connected their systems. Are there any amp gotchas that I should be looking out for? Can I assume any amp will be able to handle the outputs from my TV and VCR? A cable STB and possibly a Tivo are the only other bits of kit it would need to talk to. Am I doing the right thing choosing an amp first and then speakers? I'm thinking of the Mission FS2 system mostly because they seem less sensitive to being in just the right position - but that decision is still wide open. Thanks for all the support so far.