Hello folks. Thanks in advance for your time. I'm in the process of rebuilding my home theatre system after a calamitous theft. Had a decent set-up circa 1999 which included a denon 1700, NHT's all around, 1.2's, front and center, with matched bookshelf for surround and NHT amp. Forget all the individual specs, lost all of the literature to theft. Also had an Panasonic DVD and 32" regaular tube TV with PnP, etc... So, no insurance, and am now on a tight budget. I was able to recover the receiver, so I can save some cash on that, but as for everything else, it's replacement time. Just an fyi, my main listening needs focused on a desire for crystal clear sound throughout the entire range, which I believed the NHT's did a phenomenal job of for the cost. I used it mainly for watching dvd's and regular TV viewing, but also enjoyed all ranges of music, including clasical, which again was a main reason I went NHT. ALways seemed they reproduced the light mid-range sounds so much better than their counterparts in the same price range, Paradigm, et al... which is truly the essence of a great soundsystem. Anyone can pump out the base, but hitting the highs and mids with clarity is where it's at for me. More background: This system was my first venture into a truely decent sound system, and I certainly made some mistakes. The Receiver, for instance, while it had all the clarity I desired, was certainly underpowered, though with the help of the NHT amp powering just the low end on the towers, the system managed to meet my needs for a small to medium size room, with a little to spare. Minus the amp, it was fearfully inadequate in powering the speakers. I am also not well read, especially in recent years, on the current HT tech, and never really was to begin with. I've actually had this forum bookmarked since '99, and used your advice back then for doing the best I could with my initial purchase, along with some decent advice from a high end audio store rep. So, after that long winded history, here is where I stand. I purchased a TV today, as the 19" I was temporarily using was driving me insane. I just got a very basic model, enough to meet some minimal needs for the next year or two, after which I can see where the market goes and prices drop, and move from there. So, I now have the denon 1700(Dolby digital 5.1, 70w mean per channel x6(sub)), along with a 27" Panasonic CT-27SL13, which has the basics I need, Component video input, S-video input, 3 (1 front, 2 rear) composite A/V inputs, 3-line digital comb filter... I have always driven a DVD, TiVo and VCR, and plan on doing the same, at least for now. SO, what's left for me is the DVD player and speakers. I'd be looking for the best I could get for $1000 and under. So, the questions come down to exactly the knowledge I don't have, how to best utilize my budget and receive the closest thing I can in way of performance, DVD movie watching that will pack a punch, as well as throwing in some jazz or classical, and hearing crystal clarity with full range and no humming or punchiness. I miss my piano laquer towers dearly, and upon perusing the NHT site, was absolutey appalled to see they are now painting them... pathetic, and disturbing. However, now that I'm a beggar and not a chooser, I guess I can live with bookshelfs if I have to so long as the performance is there. Hate even thinking about it... C'est le vie. Wrap-up: need speakers for 5.1, looking for full range and hopefully classy appearance(new TV is silver, so I can go in that direction if I have to, always enjoyed the black), along with DVD and wiring. Only have about 6-8' of my GBC helical cabling left. Not sure which direction to go, so maybe you folks can advise me as to where exactly I stand regarding my stated needs and current components( how badly off I am with my receiver for example) and maybe help me to establish some realistic expectations for my priceline.