I'm trying to sort out a leaving present for someone. He said he'd like an all-in-one style system but for the money i think it'll be rubbish. I'm inclined to just get him a DVD player and he can get the rest. Basically i'm still a little confused as to what to get him. As i understand it, the usual way would be to run the optical/coaxial out of the DVD player to a digital receiver (i'm assuming that every dvd player will have some sort of digital audio output?) The digital receiver will have an optical/coaxial input and a 6 channel speaker output (and does the decoding onboard). Now on some ads (Richersounds) for DVD players it says "Digital Decoder" (Yes/No). Why would you need a decoder onboard the DVD player - presumably with no amplification so you'd still need to run it to the receiver (presumably it has 6 analogue outs?). I just need to know that whatever DVD player i get him, he'll be able to hook it up to a dolby digital system at some point in the future. Does him using a PS2 have any bearing on this - can he just hook the optical out of that straight upto any receiver he gets in the future? Finally - any hot picks for capable DVD players in the £70ish range. Simple and stylish - will probably just be used for DVD movies (though compat. with VCD/SVCD/DVD-R probably handy anyway, multi-region if poss.) Phew! Thanks for any help!