I have the Panasonic TH42PWD7U/Y set and just recently bought the Sony de-697...uuugggghhhh!!!! I love the Panny, great PQ even though not a true HD. This TV rocks. My problem is this. Due to the very limited inputs on the Panny, I must run my cable tuner through a receiver, I picked up the Sony de 697 and was immediately disappointed with the confusing setup and general sound quality. But one thing it had going for it, and this was probably just a marketing ploy, was that it was billed as "HD compatible". Meaning that running HD through it would not degrade the signal. Do most receivers do this? Must I find another receiver advertised with this "HD compatible" tag or is this just total BS? I'm lookin for help and I think you guys are an infinitely better source of info than the local highschoolers working at BestBuy. I'm looking for a receiver for $500 bucks or less, plenty of in/outputs, plenty of "oompf" and solid surround sound. The HD part, I don't know about...any reccomendations would be most appreciated.