Tried it again this morning and discovered that with the TV off you can quite happily use the DVD player just as a CD player. Put the TV on and play a DVD instead and sound comes out of both TV and stereo. Looks like we'll just have to turn TV volume right down to zero in order to watch with just sound from the stereo though: if you press mute you end up with a great big mute icon in the middle of the picture all the time.
Thinking about retiring the CD player if the DVD player can do the job for it, but wondering if it will be able to play things which are supposedly copy protected to stop you using them on computers where you might rip them. Anyone have anything they know to be copy protected in this way that we can test with? If it just works then perhaps I can flog the CD player for a fiver or maybe even a tenner, which would be cool. Jan has tentatively offered to lend us her video player too, which would be cool. Very very very tempted to go out this afternoon and pop into Fopp and look at their DVD selection.