Ok, I think I have finally made a decision... I got some really good advice from my previous post http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=181178 and have come up with what I think I am going to go with. What I am after is a good, solid, starter HT set-up that can be expanded on at a later date when $$ is available. My goal right now is to spend $1000 or less on the HT Audio portion to go with my Hitachi 51S500 and Pioneer DVD player. After a lot of input from here, reading all the available info on the web, and listening in stores.... Here is the deal. Receiver ----- Onkyo 701 Center/Mains/Surround ----- JBL NSP1II SET + 1 N24 for rear center Sub -- Dayton 10" from partsexpress I can get all this at various on-line site for right at $1000 delivered. The only thing I am still debating is the 701 vs. 601 receiver. I could buy the 601 for $200 less and then maybe upgrade the sub to a HSU unit for the difference. I was just thinking for future expandability I might want the pre-amp outs. Plus the 100 watts of the 701 vs. 85 watts of the 601 might be needed to push the 86db sensitivity of the NSP1's until I can upgrade my speakers.... What do you (honestly) think about the 601 vs. the 701 and the sytem as a whole.... Will it sound acceptable?