Help me get into my FIL's good graces - or at least help keep me there as a dutiful SIL. Heh. My FIL is basically starting from scratch and set a limit of $600 right now. He currently has an aging Pioneer stereo receiver & a set of mains (possibly from an old rack system, so not great). He's not a huge techno guy or audiophile although he really does love his movies. Strategy 1: Get the best HTiB his money can buy - I saw the recommendations on another thread. Strategy 2: Buy a decent receiver & new fronts, use an adequate Technics center that I'll give him for free, and use the aging Pioneers as rears, with the intention of upgrading the center to match the fronts in the future. Variant: Buy a decent receiver and some budget 5-set speakers (Fluance, Onkyo, JBL NSPs, etc). If we go with Strategy 2, I'm thinking around $300 or less for a receiver (Denon, H/K or Onkyo), $300 or less for fronts (Ascends, Axioms, Athenas, Polks, Paradigm Atoms?), and then maybe the 10" Dayton sub from Parts Express. Are the refurb'ed Denons from JandR worth getting or would he be better off getting something brand new? Or any other receiver recommendations would be appreciated. What do y'all think? Which option would you choose? Thanks for whatever feedback you can give me.