Hi everybody, First I'd just like to say what a great, informative forum you have going here...(cue dramatic forum brotherhood music). Also, please forgive me if you've heard this question a 1000 times before, but I’d just like a nudge in the right direction. Of course I’m prepared to do most of the legwork myself and enjoy doing so. Here's the deal: - My budget is around $2000 for a receiver and speakers but possibly more if it means a BIG difference (lets just say I'm not going to miss an extra 400 bucks if it means I will be sitting on the living room floor weeping at the beautiful sound). I was thinking no more than $1200 for the receiver. - I'm living in a small apartment right now so the sound stage will be in close quarters for the moment--Approx:13X13. We intend to get a bigger place in the next couple of years however, so I'd like the system to fit a larger room later. - Our listening/viewing habits are about 50/50 between music and movies. I have to say I’m a big fan of feeling the floor rumble from the cannons when I watch “Master and Commander” but I really enjoy being able to hear the dialogue clearly as well. That being said, I love nothing more than to pour myself a good drink, kick back, and listen to Paul Chambers pluck at his bass while John Coltrane breathes into his sax on "Kind of Blue". Sometimes you'll even catch me floating away to good choir music like Arvo Pärt’s: Kanon Pokajanen. There’s really nothing quite like hearing those angelic voices ringing through your living room. Don’t get me wrong though, I like to rock out too, so I'll often throw on some Tragically Hip and groove to "Grace Too" or "Poets". I suppose the ratio of importance would be something like 70% music to 30% movies. - The equipment I have right now is really not worth mentioning, but let’s say I auditioned a Bryston-Axiom combo once (way out of my budget) and never quite forgot the experience (some day they will be mine). - I live in Spain at the moment (another story) and I've been flirting with a Denon AVR 3802 (1200€ which seems a little steep actually) at the local electronics store. So any suggestions in this league would be greatly appreciated (most brands are available here so don't hold back). - Also, if anyone knows of any options I may have for buying in North America and having the equipment shipped to Europe I'd love to hear them. The Euro is quite high against the dollar right now so this could be a viable option. Thanks to anybody who replies. North.