Hi there, I really really need help. Firstly I am a beginner at this and just want to get my system performing the best that it can be but I have lots of questions about the overall set up of my stuff. I have the following: Toshiba Regza 37 inch C Series LCD TV (this has 2 x HDMI inputs, 1 x Component Video input, 2 x scart sockets, 1 x standard Video and audio input, Digital audio out socket, DVB Common interface (?) and RGB/PC in socket). Phew. I also have : Sky HD Xbox 360 PS3 Ultimate Karaoke/multi region standard def machine. I am away from home right now but want to sort out the connections so I can get it all geared up for my return. I think I know the best way to set these items up for the picture but I want to get a surround sound system to go with all of this and dont know what to look for/how much to spend or what connections I will need to get the best out of the kit Ive got. I was going to set up everything as follows: Sky HD = HDMI lead straight to HDMI 1 on TV PS3 = HDMI lead straight to HDMI 2 on TV XBOX360 = Xbox HD lead straight to component video input on TV Karaoke machine in standard def straight to Scart 1 on TV Laptop to RGB/PC in on TV Then I want the sound to come out in the best quality in the new kit and I have noticed the digital optical out socket on my TV and Im thinking can I just hook that socket up to a speaker system so whatever is on screen comes out of the new surround system? If so then I think that would be fine because I wouldnt use more than one item at a time and therefore which system is best for that? Also I notice that the PS3 and Sky HD Digital Optical out sockets on them and so I presume I could attach these items directly to a surround sound set up would this make it better quality ? and if so what do you recommend that will do this job also? The xbox 360 does not have the digital optical out socket so is this just connected to the separate amp with the coloured cables? I am really stuck and need help I just dont understand also why you would plug a PS3 into an Onkyo (?) amp for example surely just the sound is for the amp I am also not at home but I have all the diagrams of my kit in front of me and am rady to buy something online for my arrival when I get home. My budget is around 300 quid 400 tops and just to complicate matters further I want it black with small speaker that are subtle ..Am I pi**ing in the wind? Should I give up now? I really need some help . Please help me with some nice simple advice .