[note: this was pre-cleared with the Forum owner] OK, I have some duplicate DVD's in my collection that people gave me as gifts. I was going to give them to someone I know, but instead, I decided I would give them to someone online as part of a contest. The prize will be 2 new DVD movies, a choice from 4 which I will list at the end of the post. But the prize is a token. The contest is for fun and to be informative. First of all, any member here can participate. I only ask that if you participate you also cast a vote. The concept is to take a limited budget and design the audio portion of an HT system. The budget will be $7,500. The budget is for loudspeakers, subwoofer(s), electronics, cables and interrconnects. Electronics includes receivers, amps, and prepros. Let's not make it any more complicated than that. Nothing else such as parametic EQ's or ancillary equipment like surge protecters or line conditioners should be included. Except speaker stands *should* be included where you feel it necessary. The budget is purposefully chosen because it presents interesting tradeoffs. For example, at $10,000 I would foresee most people going with some form of separates. At $7,500, some might choose a receiver. I want to see the relative values that people place on each component. Further rules: 1. All prices for equipment are to be recognized MSRP. No discount or sale prices will be considered. Unless there is a glaring inconsistency, people will be taken on their honor about pricing. 2. You do not have to "pay" for sales tax or shipping. 3. No DIY components will be considered. All components must be known commercial brands. 4. There is no limit to the number of amps, subwoofers or speakers you buy as long as you stay within the budget. 5. Your chosen system can be either 5.1 or 6.1. It's up to you. If a voter prefers one over the other, that voter can downgrade or upgrade accordingly. 6. The system is assumed to be for 60/40 HT/music. 7. The system will occupy an imaginery space that is a dedicated HT room and is 22' x 15' x 9' in dimension, with no openings except a single door. 8. You can estimate reasonably the lengths of cable and interconnects you will need, given the dimensions of the room and number of speakers you have. 9. You cannot exceed the budget by even $1. However, the extent to which you go under budget can be considered by voters. 10. When sufficient entries are in, I will ask for a vote. Do not vote until I say the entries are closed. Everyone will get 2 votes. One is automatically for themselves, and the other *must* be for someone else. Also, people who have not entered can vote as well, and will have 1 vote. The one with the most votes is the winner. 11. Edit: One further rule to avoid confusion. All prices are US prices. So no quoting Canadian prices for Paradigm, for example. This is for consistency. Also, all prices should be stated in US dollars. For those outside the US, convert at a current exchange rate. I will seek about 50 entries. Depending on the popularity of this and the rate of entries, it could be more or less. The DVD's I have available are: Traffic The Mummy The Matrix Titan A.E. Winner picks 2 and will receive them by Priority Mail.