I appreciate anyone's thoughts. I've read several of the ongoing threads about 5.1, including the linked article in the most popular thread. My impression is that if it takes that many words to explain how to do 5.1 in iTunes and/or Apple TV, then it doesn't actually work for the average user. So, my two questions are simply these: (1) Assuming - as I think we can - that the Apple rolls out a new version of iTunes which is very, very friendly to 5.1, can the current Apple TV handle 5.1? Yes or no? (2) IF the answer to the first question is 'no,' then can the current Apple TV be fixed with a software/firmware (?) update to run 5.1, or will it take another generation Apple TV? (The current one has an optical out and I thought that could handle 5.1. I may be wrong.) My questions arise largely from what I just heard Alex Lindsay on Mac Break Weekly say: he is waiting for generation two of Apple TV because he believes it will be 5.1 friendly. Is he right, or can the current one be fixed with a simple software update? Thank you.