Dave, I have been shopping for home theater equipment for a few months to put in a new home I am having built. My primary focus has been on speakers. I have decided to go one of three ways. Since I like clear detailed audio a very high levels I have narrowed my choices to Klipsch RF-7, Paradigm Studio 100, or Axiom Audio M80ti. All three seem to do a great job of reproducing source material in a very forward and detailed manner. The Axioms are sold only on the net unless you live in Canada so there is not really much opportunity to test listen. But, Axiom does offer a free 30 day trial period and they pay shipping if you return them. They are getting killer reviews on www.hometheaterforum.com. The price is about half of the Klipsch or Paradigm package ($1100). I currently have a Yamaha RX-V1000 receiver that I will probably hang on to for a while. The Yamaha receivers are a little on the bright side as well and typicall do not match well with forward or bright speakers like the Klipsch or Axiom. But I like the sound and can eq the highs down a bit if it gets fatiguing. For an HDTV monitor I have decided on a Pioneer Elite Pro730HD rear projection TV. I wont go into the TV because you are not looking at rear projection units. If you change your mind, check out the features and pictures on the Pioneer Elite units before you purchase anything else. I was impressed. I am keeping my other equipment as is for now but will upgrade as I see fit. I currently have a Sony DVD, Sony CD changer, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, two Sony DSS systems, Sony VCR, and the remainder of my speakers are Klipsch Reference Series (RB-5 for surrounds and RC-3 for center) and SVS 25-31 PCi subwoofer (www.svsubwoofers.com). Good luck on your search. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of misinformation on the net. I have found it best that all three front speakers are timbre matched. That way you get seamless transitions from one side to the other. The best thing to do is go out and look/listen and buy what you like. For speakers, demand an in-home trial or look elsewhere. They WILL sound different in your home with your amp than they did at the audio shop. Check out www.audioreview.com for unbiased opinions of tv's, audio equipment, speakers, etc. It's a really good site. Also check out www.avsforum.com. I'm sure this was not much help but hopefully you can get some good data from the websites I listed. Enjoy.