Ok. Got blu-ray and dvd player. Both go to LCD flat panel via veeeeeeeeeeery expensive HDMI cables. That's it - simple as. Now...throw in an amp and stereo speakers I just bought. Life turns to sh*t!. The guy gives me an optical cable and 2x digital sound cables telling me they go from each of the 2 players to the amp. and that's it. Simple (NOT) Despite the rats nest of pins and connectors on the back, which I worked out, and manage to get sound from (hooray)...I have to set the AMP on "CD" to hear anything from the players. Stupid! Question...the amp has HDMI connectors on it...two in, one out...So why can't I just run the original two HDMI cables that run to the tv, to the amp instead and then have an addition HDMI cable running to the tv from the HDMI out on the amp, since the HDMI carries the high quality sound anyway, right?...Am I missing some point somwhere. ie...how does it know to play the sound carried in the hdmi cables out through the speakers and not to the tv "only"? So why do I need all this other crap connected up - where do they come into it. Obviously I missed out on the electronics gene somewhere along the line, so I'm struggling with this, what to someone who knows, would be very simple. EURGH! Can one of you kind folk take me by the hand and walk me through it all theis connection crap with the amp, speaking in veeeery simple terms...(assume you are talking to an idiot). ) (no wisecracks) Ta, John.