Just joined, hope you all can help me out with few hopefully basic questions. First of all, I want a good home theater experience, but will not be hyper critical. If I can hear things like bullets shooting over my head in a war movie I'll be really happy. I'll be buying a Zenith 42" plasma monitor. The picture looks as good as any to my eye, and it's a lot cheaper. Question 1) Can I hook this up directly to a cable box provided by a tv cable company, without using a receiver? I assume the receiver wouldn't be necessary if I'm hooked up to cable tv. But then, there must be good reasons why a receiver is necessary. Will the Zenith Plasma monitor be compatible with anything I might buy for my home-theater? 2) For around $500-$900 I need the entire home theater package. A dvd player, and surround sound with satellite type speakers. I like the idea of small speakers as I want to hear them but not see them. Any recommendations. I'm a little worried about how I'm going to hook all this stuff together, as I see ads for installation specialists, is it that hard? The 'home theater in a box' idea appeals to me, less decisions to make, and hopefully everything wire-wise to hook it all up. Any suggestions for the average guy. Or if I buy a make like PIONEER for about $800 will it have everything I need, or perhaps loads of functions I don't need. I've also heard rumors of no-wire systems, any thoughts? There is a hell of a lot of tech language out there in the ads. Means nothing to me. Is there certain things I really should make sure I have. As far as how many inputs/outputs for different things or phrases like - Dolby Digital, DTS-ES Discrete, and DTS NEO 6 technologies-DTS decoding-Twin-Wave Laser Pick-up and so on. Thanks a lot. Simon.