Hi guys. I've been lurking here for a bit and would appreciate your help and guidance. I am jumping into HomeTheater and have decided to jump in with both feet. Right now I don't even have a DVD player beyond the one in my PC. However I am a big music fan, mainly jazz and classic rock and my needs will be still at least 50% (if not more) music listening, and the rest then movies and DVD music videos. My room dimensions: I have a New England Chalet cape style house and ones side is all open living with a cathedral ceiling and a open living room which will be the main area and a kitchen that is all one open space. 13.5 feet wide and 23.5 feet long. (with cathedral ceiling). I'm looking at spending about $3.0K on a complete set of speakers, a DVD player, a new receiver. (I'm willing my KLH Model 5s circa 1971 to my daughter) So, I am thinking about the Pioneer VSX 1014, $473 bucks at Best Buy. I have no idea what to buy for a DVD player? I am wide open on speaker selection. I'd like to do this right the first time as I won't get the extra money again for a long time. I'm thinking maybe the Klipsch Synergy 3s, or I heard these Sapphire Speakers at Tweeter's last night that sounded nice about the same price. But, I'm wide open... and I am seeking your suggestions for "best bang for my buck" equipment. I guess I need a subwoofer too with most speaker systems these days? I am holding off on the HDTV as I have a fairly new and large Sony Trinitron that is less that is about 5 years old. That will be next. ...but probably a separate buy. I'm not in a major hurry and realize I need to hear many of these and audition them, but I am hoping you can help me narrow the field. I would like to get it all installed the week after Xmas.. so I have a little time to go search and listen. So what do you think? Is the Pioneer VSX 1014 a good idea? What do I buy for speakers and DVD player? Subwoofer? .. and do I really need a center rear channel, or can a 5 channel system, plus sub work adequately for my room needs. Any and all thoughtful suggestions greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, Steve LeBlanc Ashby Ma.