I thinking about buying a new home theater sound system, I've been out of the surround sound loop for years, not up on the latest. I currently have a Sony Pro-Logic Receiver (STR D1090) without any special surround sound speakers. I happen to use two 13 year old Infinity speakers that were fairly decent in my old audiophile days, a Pinnicle center speaker, and an old huge Radio Shack sub-woofer for a make-do surround sound system. We only use it for watching DVD's on a 32 Inch TV, and the sound is quite good to the family's untrained ears. I used to have two rear speakers (two old Panasonic Thrusters !) but gave up on them because we rarely could detect any noticible rear effects and running the rear speaker wires to the back of the was a pain. Despite , being generally satisfied with this make shift system, I thought that maybe I should take advantage of the fact that we have a satellite dish sytem and a Digital Video Recorder and upgrade to a receiver that supports Dolby Digital/5:1 surround sound. My DVD player also supports this. So, I began thinking of buying a cheap surround sound receiver and a set of home theater surround sound speakers . My thought being that little speakers would be easier on the room and 5 of 'em would give us real effects rather than the L,R, Center, setup we mostly use. That's a long intro to my questions. Do these modern cheap $250-$300 home theatre systems with receiver and speakers sound okay? Would the small modern speakers perform as well as my old faithful Infinity stereo speakers? Additionally, our main watching location is on the couch against the wall. Rear speakers would thus not be behind us, at best parallel to the rear speakers. Do the modern system still expect some rear speakers or are these new fangled small speakers spaced out at the front of the viewing location? Sorry for the newbie questions, any advice is appreciated. Andy.