As for hooking this system up, I did the following:
1) HDMI from Receiver to TV and Blue ray and from Cable box to TV
2) Optical cord from TV to Receiver
3) Receiver to 5 speakers being careful to connect red to red, black to black.
4) Don't have a Subwoofer with its own power supply yet, so no sub
I was concerned whether I had inadvertently crossed the HDMI cables and inserted into wrong slots somewhere. But if I understand this stuff correctly ( a stretch at this point) I would not get a picture if my HDMIs were incorrectly hooked up.
Another concern is that I do not understand so much of the terminology associated with these systems. Many years ago I bought an expensive component stereo system. I was able to connect the wires correctly at that time and so assumed I could do this also. Needless to say I am very disappointed in myself and my lack of skills. If anyone can see by the above wiring outline where I may have made a mistake, please tell me. If there is something unique, or common to the Yamaha receivers that may help me, please share that as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.