Kr4 is exactly right. Sometimes, I just want to turn on the news, or just watch a show at low volumes. Don't understand why that is so difficult for some to accept? My plasma is in the livingroom, unfortunatly I don't have the luxury of a dedicated home theater, if I did, then it wouldn't be an issue. It's moot anyway. I came across a deal on a Krell Showcase 7.1 which I couldn't pass up. While it doesn't have hdmi, it does have a 7.1 analog in, so when I return from Best Buy tonight with a new Panasonic BD80K, I'll have my lossless w/o the need for hdmi switching.