Hi. An extreme newbie to sound/audio/HD/HT etc…. Appreciate all the audio/videophiles that post comments in this great forum. I've never had to frequent such a forum until now. Just trying to read and get educated to make some informed decisions. Just purchased a Panny plasma with 2 HDMI inputs. I’ll used these for my 2 video sources HD set top box and DVD player. I was initially looking for a HTIB (I know, I know…) so just getting into the system builder mode. Budget-$1500. CDN which is equiv. to approx. 1350.00US. The problem is that your buddies north of the border can’t get the same deals as my friends south of the border. Receiver- surround sound definitely interests me. 5.1 min. with potential upgrade to 7.1 would be nice. THX would be nice. Any recommendations in the $300-$500 range ? Speakers- Sub woofer- After reading some forums posts here, this sounds like a pretty important speaker. Recommendations ? Main speakers, center channel, rear speakers. Should I but a complete set from 1 mfger. as a package or buy separate from several? I have no idea how to suitably match speakers with a receiver. Recommendations? I know some may say don’t go out on the cheap with speakers and spend as much as you could afford now and add additional speakers later. Problem is, I want it and I want it now and within budget give or take. Am I looking for trouble and will end up looking for an early upgrade? Is my budget too restrictive? My room is relatively small so I don't need a lot of power. Tks for your input. Much appreciated.