Lurvely...... First impressions on opening the box were good, nice n heavy feel to the beast, seems well put together and the buttons reasonably 'clunky' in a VW type manner. Stupidly I didn't realise that cables/interconnects are not included so it meant a couple of trips into town to get the correct cables. On my first trip I bought a co axial lead and managed to connect the coax output of my DVD player to the amp cd input. Much scratching of head later I realisied my mistake and duly trundled into Tunbridge Wells to buy an optical input, some cables for the 5.1 audio output and a lead to connect my Nokia Mediamaster thing. Not sure if I needed them all but what the heck, I can always find a use for them later. Now heres my first question.... If I have connected my Sony DVD to the amp via both an optical connection and via the 5.1 audio out will the amp automatically work out which is the best to use? Or should I just use one or t'other? So I finally get my two pairs of speakers connected and was all ready for a life defining moment....hmm, it wasn't to be I'm afraid. It maybe because the speakers I am using are, ahem...a bit crap, but I still thought it would be a bit better. I am using a pair of speakers from my sisters old stereo. Don't ask what they are I just know they are old! I'm using these are the two main front speakers, and I'm using the speakers that came with the TV as my two rears. I haven't got a centre speaker or a rear centre speaker so I accept that it's not the best set up. Still I expected there to be a greater sense of surround sound? I played Taxi and I found the whole thing pretty flat with no sense of space? It maybe that Taxi's audio recording doesn't give this on other systems but I'm not sure. Gladiator was pretty cool in DTS mode tho...which leads on to my next question. Sould the amp automatically detect that a DVD is DTS encoded or so I have to choose DTS from the DVD options ever time? Does any with the same amp have any suggestions for settings ... the darn thing seems to clever for its own good and I spend hours fiddling with it and not actually be too sure what I'm doing Also - whats the best setting to listen to music?.... Now if only I had some decent speakers to connect it too!