As for the Home Theater, our home is basically stuck back in the year 2001 and we're just about to move up to 2004
Right now, we have a standard Sony DVD player hooked up to our 32" HDTV with Component Cables for video and to a Denon AVR with Signal ICs for audio.
Wanting the ability to play PAL DVDs as well as a stop/memory function (our current Sony 'forgets' where we've stopped a video causing us to recall from memory and fast-foward to where we left off), we just ordered the following (region free) DVD player from Amazon. Our TV is only 720ip (not 1080) but this DVD player does have HDMI upconversion unlike the Sony so maybe we'll see a modest improvement.
I also purchased an HDMI cable a while back when I thought we were going to get a Bluray player (obviously we've decided to put that off for the time being). My question is whether the HDMI cable transmits only Video or Video and Audio.
My TV has only one HDMI cable port; the Denon has several HDMI ports and the new DVD player will have one, I believe. Should I simply replace the video Component Cables with the HDMI cable (between the new DVD player and the TV) and leave the ICs running from the new DVD player to the reciever for sound, or should I be doing some other kind wiring configuration.