Hello my great friends. I plan on buying a home theater system and would very much appreciate any recommendation or advice that could be given based on my numerous questions. I am a poor student so I plan to buy a HTiB system, even though I've heard many a nasty thing about most of them. I've never experienced digital surround sound anywhere but inside a theater, however, so I don't think I'll be too hard to please. I'm hoping to not spend more than $300, but based on my wanderings through this forum it appears that the Onkyo HTiB's (760, 660, 650) in the $400-500 range offer the largest amount of bang per dollar. I'd also have to buy speaker stands for these since they're too big to fit on my TV stand, so I'd end up paying almost 300 smackaroos more than I originally planned. The room I'm going to be using is of average size, however the actual area they will occupy will be pretty small, going across the width of the room. I imagine I'll be about four feet away from the front soundstage, and three feet away from the surrounds. Would a system with relatively (to the little speakers that come with most HTiB) large speakers like those of the Onkyo HTiBs over-power this small area, or is it just a matter of how I adjust the volume? I'd most like to know if anyone could recommend me a HTiB system around $300 with small, bookshelf speakers that don't sound like clock radios. I realize it has bigger speakers, but the Kenwood HTB 506 is $300, and that seemed to get good feedback in an earlier post. I have a DVD player ($75 Samsung S221 I bought a year ago) but I wouldn't mind getting another one since most of the HTiBs I've seen are packaged with them. I realize that even if I did buy the Onkyo, that system is very inexpensive compared to what else is out there. Based on this, would there be any noticeable difference between cheap and expensive (digital audio and subwoofer) cables? From what I've gathered, the differences between coaxial and toslink digital cables is negligible; would there be any value to buying and comparing them if I'm going to be buying at most a $500 system? I also hear the speaker wire that comes with systems is of dastardly poor quality, so in buying 16 gauge wire, should I get the cheapest stuff I can find? And, finally, I haveth but one more similar question. The TV I'm using is a 27" Sharp w/ an illustrious 3 line digital comb filter. Would an expensive component cable show a worthwhile difference in picture quality over a cheap component cable? Keep in mind when I say expensive I mean about $30-40 and cheap about $10-15. Any help on these questions would be great. Thanks.