Okay, after over a month of reading & researching numerous products in our price range I think we have a short list. I think. Trying to understand the different product features and what WE need now AND what we may need in the future has been hard to judge ....# of component video inputs, S-video outputs, digital in/outputs, watts, etc.... Keep in mind, this is a budget system by most of your standards (but gosh, seems a lot to me since I had other house projects!) and will be used for a home theatre room set up with a new Mistubishi 48"HDTV widescreen. Aaannd that this is all a whole new level of exp. for us. Here goes: A/V Reciever - Sony STR-DE685 -Price ranges $230-$299 (*we seriously looked at the Sony 885 but don't think we need all the x-tra digital outputs etc.- Also on short list was the Pioneer VSX-D711). Speakers- Onkyo SKSKT500-5 speakers & Subwoof $269@ CC. (*my husband loved the sound and they got great reviews but I do wish they were smaller.) DVD Player -JVC Multiformat Progressive Scan XV-S500BK-$159 (nixed the 5disc player idea after advice to cut down on moving parts and just to get another DVD player for music upstairs where we entertain...sounded logical to me.) Comments or opinions? Anything I need to worry about...compatibility issues....something else to consider...?