Getting connected properly
Hi. I've just re-entered the world of hi-fi and home cinema after some years in the BOSE wilderness. I have bought the following equipment after a modicum of research and auditioning and I am extremely happy with it all: Panasonic TH-37PX70B Plasma, Panasonic DMR-EX77EB HDD/DVD Recorder, SONY STR-DA1200ES AV Receiver, Mission M34i floor standing stereo speakers, Wharfdale Diamond 9.CC centre speaker, Pioneer iDK-01 ipod dock, I'm retaining some old SONY surround speakers for a later upgrade and forgoing a SUB for the time being as I'm very happy with the bass performance of the M34i's in Cinema and Stereo configuration. After all that, my question is how to best connect the different sources and receiver? I'm worried about missing an important secondary connection or else having too many links which might cause the equipment to auto select the lesser route. I want to be able to see the menus on-screen for the SONY 1200 and the Pioneer iDK-01. I also want to know is it best to route the HDMI from the DVD player/recorder through the 1200 or direct to the plasma? Do I need SCART at all in this set up? I'm a little confused and in need of guidance... Thanks in anticipation. Bob.