I know this isn't the right forum for this, but there doesn't appear to be an appropriate forum. I put it here because it at least has "HT" in the forum title, and I frequent this and the movies section most often. Moderators are welcome to move it if they feel necessary. So, when did everyone first become interested in the A/V world. I know we all love film, but there are many people who love movies and don't feel the need for a 10 foot subwoofer. When and how did everyone become interested in the technical side of things. And how long have you been "building," so to speak? I'm only 22 now, and have been an active home theaterer for almost a decade. In my very early teens I remember reading about the upcoming DVD format. At this point the idea of resolutions never even entered my mind. I just thought that when I saw movies in a theater, or on tv, or pictures in a magazine they were accurate representations. After reading about these fancy new discs, I was watching Jurassic Park on VHS that night. The scene early in the film when one of the gas powered jeeps picks the group up from the helicopter after landing on the island came up. I watched the jeep drive across the screen and noticed the Jurassic park logo on the side of the door. It was all jagged because of the low res. I remember thinking "thats not a circle!" and I was disgusted. This was literally the birth of my home theater awareness. Soon after that I "created" my first surround sound system. My parents had an old boom box that happened to have an audio input to it. I wondered what to do with it and had an idea. I took some steel wire that my dad had in the garage and shoved one end into the input and the other into and output that my Sega CD had at the time. It worked surprisingly well and didn't cause a fire. I used it to watch "Coming Attractions" on the E! network. Awesome. About a month later I got a nice Dolby Pro logic setup for Christmas. Then my uncle gave me an old laser-disc player and a couple of movies. I had always starred at laser-discs in awe when I went to suncoast video as a child. I started reading DVDfile and the bits as soon as they were around. I managed to save up enough money to buy my fist DVD player in late '98 when I heard that Ghostbusters would be released on the format soon. I had to work hard to save up the money, but to entice me I went ahead and started purchasing DVDs so I would already have some when I got my first player. Since then, I've managed to put together a system with all the bells and whistles that I'm perfectly happy with, short of a dedicated room with stadium seating.