OK...I didn't have a large budget to start with for my first HT system. With only $1,000 I set out to replace what we were using for surround and that was a Pioneer piece of junk that was about 15 years old. The TV was not in my thoughts as I started working on this project. I have a 32" Magnavox that works just fine. I was able to aquire a Yamaha RX-V450 from Ebay for only $200 including the shipping. This was a new old stock, in the box with all the goodies. Consumer Reports tested the Yamaha against the Denon and Onkyo of equal features and specs. Yamaha was a better buy. I was able to purchase Infinity Primus series speakers at a good price. 360's for the front, C-25 for the center and 160's for the rear surround. I was able to secure a somewhat descent sub for only $60. It's an Advent ASW-12 and sounds pretty good. Don't laugh too much. I was on a budget right before Christmas and this was to be a stand in until I could afford something better. The DVD is made by Proscan and was given as a present a few years back. It plays DVDs and CDs ok, but not CDRWs or SACDs. I only have a little less than $1,000 in the whole system less the TV. I'm looking for a little advice to upgrade a little at a time and not kill me with huge costs. I'm not afraid of spending a little money at a time and having the equipment sit on a shelf as I aquire the needed pieces until I have a quality set-up. I'd like to keep the budget to a number between $3,000 and $4,000 less the TV/Monitor. I'll wait for the LCD, HDTV, Plasma prices to settle down a little. I'm not afraid of spending money for quality. I have a nice little set-up for music in another room consisting of a pair of Mcintosh MC40's, Mcintosh C28 Preamp, Thorens Turntable, Martin Logan Speakers, Jolida Tube CD and a Velodyne sub. Any advice would be of great help as I build a system I can be proud to display and brag on in the future.