Then let's give the newbie some suggestions. My mother and I are complete newbies at this sort of thing. In the past, we haven't had a lot of money for anything but the essentials, in fact, we did not even own a cheap cassette player until about 8 years ago. But now my mother has graduated from school and we have much more disposable income now. We were in Best Buy today picking up a DVD player (Sony DVP-NS715P in case you're wondering, I figured a nice place to start), and we wandered over to the home theater section. Of course, the Bose Lifestyle 28 system is featured front and center, so that's where we went. I must admit, that was the best-sounding thing I've ever heard. My mother leaned in to me and said if we saved up, we should be able to get one in a few months, and then get a better TV. Now from reading this forum, I understand that many consider Bose to be of rather poor sound quality, and much too expensive. If I can save us some money and have a better sounding system, I'd be happy. But I have no idea where to start. I'm pretty sure what would be most convenient for us would be a subwoofer+speaker set, since obviously I don't know enough to mix and match these things. A DVD/CD player would be really nice, as well, but since we did just pick one up, perhaps not essential. I'd really like a list of systems to look at and listen to in the stores around here, as a starting point. I don't want to be completely clueless and end up getting something we will regret later. I would say that if my mother is willing to pay $2500 for the Bose, she will be willing to pay up to that amount for anything else, if it sounds good to her. Another thing I should mention is that we live in small town hours away from a city (nearest are St. Louis and Memphis) and therefore it may be a bit hard to find the more elite systems, but I think we may have a small home theater store around somewhere. I would very much appreciate your help. Thank you.