If you are using a HD television, your best bet is to get a HD directv receiver before you start hooking up anything. (The directv hd receivers have multiple in/out for most all connections.) Use the highest quality connections for each piece of equip. If possible connect everything to the a/v receiver and you can go through the a/v receiver to access everything. If you go to an electronics store they usually have home theater setup pamphlets. (Monster Cable has one with a lot of choices) Until you get the hd receiver draw everthing out use different colors, it makes it alot easier.
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Not sure how my direct tv receiver (best jack is s video) should be connected to my television (HDMI,component jacks) or if I am supposed to connect everything (TV and DVD player(best jack is optical) to the audio/video receiver (component and optical jacks) and skip the direct tv receiver altogether! TV is a Panasonic HD monitor (HDMI,component jacks). As an aside, I see the direct tv HD receiver selling for $199. If I AM supposed to use the direct tv receiver in this setup, would this purchase be beneficial. Mucho Gracias, lost in Toledo