I've also posted essentially the same thing over at AVSforum.com so appologies if you see this twice. This one does have some updated information though! Ok, in the past I've been able to use my roomates speakers to put together a good 5.1 or at times 6.1 set ups, but sadly no more. Anyway, I'm looking into getting some new speakers. I have a Marantz SR 7200, and I'll be setting this up in a pretty small room. (I don't have the exact dimensions, as I haven't moved into it yet, but it's fairly small, probably like... 12x14). I'm looking to set up a 5 speaker system to use for both movies and music. I'm also looking to pick up some new speaker-wire and some bannana plugs. Ok here's the kicker. I really don't have more than about $400-450 to spend on all of it. Yes I know that I won't really be able to "do justice" to my receiver on that budget. I managed to find it for an amazing price. For the moment I'm not as worried about getting a sub, I know i'll need/want one eventually but I can probably make due without it for a while until I can save up a little bit for one (I'm looking at the Dayton 10" over at partsexpress). Anyway, I'm looking for a 5 speaker set to last me for a little while, at least until I can afford to really upgrade. Anyway, I've been looking at the Fluance SX-HTB set. I was looking on their website and can get the set, along with 250 feet of 12 gauge wire, a set of bananna plugs, and shipping for about $400 (The speakers themselves are about $260.) I'm not decided just yet by any means and I'm looking for other suggestions/thoughts on the Fluances etc. My friend has the AV-HTB's which are the step just below the SX's, and I've been pretty impressed with them considering the price etc. I haven't had a chance to listen to these exact ones, but I'm hoping to soon. (They dont' have many brick and morter dealers but a few, I'm trying to find one in the DC area so I can go and really give them a listen). I'm also considering the slight possibility of waiting a little while longer and saving up a little bit more and putting together a more "custom" Flunance package, with some floor standers, their center speaker, and some of their surrounds or possibly bookshelves. I'm also now looking at getting an Athena Audition setup, as can see they're very very cheap right now, to make room for the next line of Auditions. I could put together a set of the AS-F1's, some AS-B1's for the surrounds, and an AS-C1 for the center, which comes to about $330 (plus Tax) (The Fluances plus shipping are about $330). I'd still have to find speakerwire and bananna plugs, which sadly probably won't be had for quite as cheap as on the Fluance site but I already have some decent wire and a few bannana plugs lying around, so I probalby wouldn't have to buy too much more of that stuff anyway. Anyway, any advise, ideas etc would be much appreciated. I've given all the info and details I can think of to help, but if there is anything else I can add to help, please feel free to ask. Also any suggestions on where to look for the best prices etc would be much appareciated.