im sure this has been a thread but i dont care. If you had $200,000 and started over, what would you do? $200,000 is just a figure, if you wanted a 7.1 system with MBL Radialstrahler's, then you might want to increase that budget just a bit. lets keep it simple and stick to a few categories DISPLAY: AMPS: DECODER/PREAMP/RECEIVER: MAIN SPEAKERS: SURROUND SPEAKERS: CENTER SPEAKER: SUBWOOFER: DVD/CD PLAYER: PS: if Ive missed categories, just make them up yourself. Im sure we could add, dvd collection, furniture, popcorn machine, and what-not.