I'm a newb to all this, and this is my first surround sound setup I've saved up for. I went to my local Circuit City, and the guys were pretty cool to me. I told them I was looking to spend under 1200.00. They were very excited about the: Infinity HTS20 package of speakers (I think that's four mid speakers, a center, and a subwoofer) that dropped in price from $799 to $569.99. They compared it to the smaller Bose set of speakers and the Infinity's did sound better. The receiver they praised was the Onkyo TXSR600 for $469.99. They said it was very simple to work with lots of options and good quality sound. Thank you for any input.