I got to thinking about how everyone on this forum started somewhere, with a goal in mind, and despite all the different starting points, side journeys, life distractions, etc. we all wound up here. I was curious to hear other folk's stories, so I figured I'd start with mine: My home theater "journey" started in Atlanta, Georgia back in early 1996. I was just out of college and a buddy of mine had wowed me with his laserdisc-based surround sound system. "This is cool!", I thought. So I asked him to help me get started with a system of my own. We shopped around and I wound up with an Onkyo 828 Dolby ProLogic receiver (I added the outboard(!) 5.1 decoder a little bit later) and a set of 4 PSB Alpha speakers and an Alpha center. I didn't have a subwoofer, and at the time, was using this system to watch widescreen VHS movies on a 27" Sony TV. My buddy went on to work for Dolby Labs in San Francisco, and my work took me out (briefly) to Salt Lake City. I bought my first house with the intent of building out the basement into a dedicated front-projection theater room. While I was out there, my buddy offered me a chance to get a Paradigm Reference Servo 15 subwoofer using his corporate discount. I couldn't pass up the offer and to this day, I still have that subwoofer - the only one I've ever owned, and unless it dies, I don't see myself ever replacing it. My work situation changed, and I never got beyond framing the basement theater before packing up and moving back east, this time settling in Baltimore, Maryland. Replaced the 27" TV with a 55" Sony RPTV, and upgraded my front three speakers to PSB Image series speakers (kept the Alphas as surrounds). Here I met the woman who would become my wife (the best thing I ever did, was go HDTV before meeting her - she saw it and was hooked), and when we finally decided to buy a house, she let me indulge my one "must-have" house feature - a basement layout conducive to a home theater. We found the house, and had to do some work to the basement to get it set up just right, but I eventually traded in the 55" sony for a Mitsubishi 720p projector and a 96" Carada screen, upgraded my (side) surround speakers to PSB Image Bipoles (I still use a pair of the original Alphas as my rear surrounds) and made the leap to Blu-Ray. That was all finished in early 2007, I think. So, in all, it took me 11 years to go from zero to "oooooh, yeahhh!". We've got two boys now, they'll be 4 years old in July. They've already watched bits and pieces of Star Wars, Superman (the original), and a handful of Pixar films. I'm sure they'll have plenty of "movie" parties, and we have the occassional movie night ourselves, but even though we've had the setup for a while now, the novelty hasn't worn off. We still marvel at the picture, and I think back fondly to my buddy who inspired me to start this journey. Sadly, he was never able to see me complete my journey. Shortly after he visited me in Salt Lake City (to hear the awesome subwoofer in action) he and his 16 year old cousin were killed in a car accident. The drunk driver responsible was jailed, but even now, some 7 or 8 years after the fact, it's difficult to think about. I know he'd think the setup is pretty awesome - he helped build it.