OK, after doing a full scale upgrade of my system, I have finally paid everything off on my credit card and I am ready for the next wave. Here was wave 1 and my current system, which is 5.1. Anthem AVM-20 Processor Anthem MCA-5 Amp Paradigm Reference 40's, 20's and CC Sony SCD-555ES SACD/CD player Mirage BPS-100 Subwoofer I have budgeted 5K for my next wave of improvements...to be phased in over the next 12 months or so but my next step would be about 2K worth of improvements. I could do one of two things now... 1) Get a great two channel amp and another pair of Ref 20's to make the move to 7.1 sound. This should improve movie enjoyment and provide better two channel sound if I get something by Aragon, Classe or Bryston instead of using the Anthem for this purpose or... 2) Get a new TV (presently have a 27" JVC 4x3). I would stick to a direct view for the amount of gaming I do and would look to get one of the 34" monitors by Toshiba, Panasonic or Sony for the 2K. I would go 16X9 for this of course. Would those of you who went from 5.1 to 7.1 say it was such an improvement that it would exceed that of which I might get from the new display? I would probably make the switch to directTV so I could view some high def stuff and I watch very little OTA programming (except sports). The TV would be used for 75% DVD viewing. Basically I'm curious if 7.1 is that big a deal or if I can wait and get the new TV now. All opinions are warranted, thanks.