Here is a drawing, to the best of my abilities, of my living room. The entertainment center on the left actually has two piers on either side of the 55" TV, so the TV is framed. I'm really happy with the furniture and its placement in the room. We tried lots of different configurations, and this one works best for a whole host of reasons. When I have company over for movies, which is maybe 3 times a month, I swing my chair back so it's parallel with the other chair, and so there's a walkway beside it into the room. This means I watch the screen at more of an angle, but thankfully this TV has excellent off-angle viewing. We also swing the big easy chair (which you see in the upper left of the drawing) around so it faces the screen. When I'm alone, I keep my chair angled as you see it in the drawing, and I tilt the screen so that I can view it more-or-less head on. Here's my hardware: TV: Samsung LN55C650 55in 1080p 120hz IPTV 4HDMI HDTV DVD: JVC XV-BP1 Blu-Ray Cable company DVR (Scientific Atlanta brand HD box) I had a cheapo 5.1 system from WalMart that sufficed for a while, but now is dying. While I would love true surround sound, I am lousy at connections. I know that I cannot personally run the wire under the wall-to-wall carpeting, and am not willing to have someone else do it and possibly cause the carpeting to buckle; it has only recently been installed. I understand one can buy wireless rear speakers, but I understand they are unreliable and don't offer great sound quality. So I'm seriously considering a 2.1 or a 3.1 system. If I can find one that emulates surround sound, so much the better. I will need to be able to control the volume, or at least balance, of each speaker: when I am alone, I will want the right channel to be much more emphasized so that I, with my off-center placement, will hear things in balance; but when friends come over, I would like them (who mostly sit in the middle) to have a truly balanced sound, even if I don't. I watch a variety of movies. Some with special effects needing lots of booming bass, and some that are word-heavy. I like the thrill of booming speakers, but don't want to sacrifice clarity. I want ease of connection. The Samsung TV, while I love it in general, is a little disappointment in the way it addresses audio. According to the User Manual, if one connects the TV to an external audio system, one can hear 5.1 if the source is the TV, but 2 channels only if the source is a cable box or DVD player! They recommend connecting the cable box and the DVD player directly to the external audio system. I know nothing about the sound quality (especially the separation) of soundbars. I am willing to consider one if you all think I should. I am not an audiophile in the sense that I can detect fine differences among high-end systems, but I'm not a complete Philistine either. I appreciate great, rich sound. I would love it if you could recommend a sound system that is Under $600, preferably under $500 Easy to connect, without across-the-room wiring to worry about Has really good sound, preferably simulating surround sound Could satisfy the dual needs of a mostly single-watcher with occasional movie viewing parties where big booms and expansive sound are enjoyed When we get that done, I'll come back and ask your advice on connecting a PC to the system! Or maybe that's something to consider now, before the audio system is purchased. I'll leave that decision up to you all. Many, many thanks for taking the time to read this long and rambling request!