Paul: If you already have the cable, I say, then use it, of course. The 3 year old Sony is progressive scan. Is it doing what the newer Panasonic s97s is doing? I have a 7UY Panasonic (rather, it is being shipping) and it does not have a HDMI connect as shipped. And, if a DVD is 480I, how much better can you make it? Again, it is my idea to keep everything simple and not try to run the video (and audio) signal thru so many connections, etc. But, I know, these days I am out voted on this idea. But, hey, being in the minority is not so bad. To me, I get very good video and the very best in audio.