I decided to get into the hobby not too long ago for some more understanding in this area. I ended up droping by Walmart and picked up a Philips 3051 BV. I did not want to spend TOO MUCH as I'm bound to do some bad decisions somewhere. Come to think of it, my first lesson learned already is check the specs more on the HTS. I was surprised to find out that I had no optical port. I would have thought this had to be some sort of standard today, but instead I had to go and order an optical to coaxial converter. (still waiting for it to arrive). I'm curious for those who know this system well, or similar ones from Philips what you think? Here are the stats for anyone interested. http://www.philips.ca/c/home-theater-systems/hts3051bv_f7/prd/en/;jsessionid=13948D295D49916549D6AED08957A5F7.app102-drp4 Bit by bit (when I have time) I try to do a little more experimentation, and studying up on HTS books from the local libraries around here.