I just bought a new 6.1 receiver: Yamaha HTR-5660 (same as RX-V640 I think). Unfortunately it doesn't sound much better than my old Aiwa 5.1 unit -- though it seems to be able to drive my crappy speakers better without distortion. Speaking of my speakers, that's what this thread is about. I guess the reason the Yammy hasn't blown me away is that my speakers are rather poor. I have some old Sony full towers (200w SS-U542AV) for mains, and a tiny little Sony SS-CN15 center along with Sony SS-SR15 surrounds. I really don't know much about the quality of the mains, and all I know about the center speaker is that it doesn't sound very good, and it must be terribly matched with the large mains. I think I probably need to replace all the speakers in order to fully enjoy my favorite DVDs. The new speakers must perform very well for HT duty, but need not be outstanding for music. I'm constrained by a budget of about $1,000-$1,500 at the moment. My question is, should I just buy a complete matched 6.1 set -- the best I can get in my current budget? Or should I start replacing the speakers one (or a few) at a time, carefully matching each new purchase with the existing speakers in the system? The latter approach potentially allows me to spend more money in the long run, and theoretically I'd end up with a better set of speakers overall. But I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy my Yammy and all my favorite DVDs until I've assembled the complete system...this could take 6 months or more. For those of you who think a very capable 6.1 can be had for $1,000-$1,500 (including sub), what do you recommend? I've been intrigued by the Aperion Intimus and Paradigm Cinema, but I'm open to any suggestions within my budget. For those of you who think I can get good HT sound by upgrading piecemeal, what speakers should come first? My mains are clearly the strongest of my current set, so would getting a new "3.1" system (like the Aperion Intimus 3.1 -- 2 surrounds, center, and 10" sub for ~ $1,000) be a good start? Then I could replace my mains with 2 matching speakers later, and finally add a rear center when I get around to it (not a huge priority for me). If I put the system together bit by bit, over several months, I'm comfortable spending about $2,000 on speakers. I know you all can only offer your opinions, but hopefully they will be opinions informed by expertise and experience in such matters. By the way, my room is about 16' long x 13' wide. Thanks for any suggestions!