I'm not sure the best way to go about it. I have a kenwood KR-V7030 (dinosaur in comparison to whats out today). With kenwood speakers LSK-904 and LSK-028 and they are just as old as the reciever. I also have a PC with built in audio 5.1 Realtek AC'97 with Altec Lansing 5.1 251. Each of which I don't care for the sound since I know I can have better now. I suppose I could have a few options. I could buy a new reciever and speaker system, or upgrade the pc with new sound and speakers, or combination. I don't know if one is better than the other. I currently don't own a DVD player except a used DVD-ROM I picked up for my pc a while back. I use my room-mates DVD player (Pioneer DV-333) on my 27" Toshiba 27A43 to watch DVDs. I also use my pc to playback avi and mpgs encoded by various methods, on my tv, from the pc. Audio quality ranges but are likely all encoded in stereo with mayne a few in mono. My room-mate current uses Creative Gigaworks 7.1 S750 on his pc and they sound real nice, just as good if not better than the Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1 RT that he was using before. I have been told good brands to look at are Paradgim, PSB, and Klipsch. Unfortunately there aren't very many stores around here that carry home audio and I'm having trouble tracking down ones that carry a good variety and have setups designed for listening to the stuff they carry. I am also looking for advice on brands vs price ranges. Now for what I would like. 7.1 (I assume this means that 6.1 and 5.1 will work with 7.1 setup [but will stereo be processed to some sort of surround sound?]). Some sort of equalizer (maybe with at least 10 bands). Volume control for the different channels and sub (or is this standard). Is it given that DTS, DTS-ES, dolby digital (is EX a 2nd DD), THX are features or will I need to look for or pay extra for something with any or all these? Will i regret having/not having any of these? Hopefully you have read to this point and not lost interest in helping me due to the length of the post. And I won't add anything else at this point since I'm not really sure what else to add.