Hi, im pretty new at the whole HT thing, i am in the market for a home theater system that is in the $300-500 range w/out a dvd player. I am now looking at Onkyo and Kenwood as my main options. I found a nice Kenwood (htb-206) for $300 at best buy but the woofer is not powered. ive heard that passive woofers are a bad thing, I just wanted to know what is so bad about them and would a 100 watt passive woofer deliver enough bass for me? my living room is about 12'x16' give or take. i want to get a good sounding system but i dont have the cash to dump $800 on just the system itself. any suggestions would be appreciated. on another note, id like to know where is the best place to buy these systems? i want to get a warantee on it so i dont have to worry about fixing anything on it if something breaks in the next 4 or 5 years, so that makes me worry about some online venders. last question, what are your opinions on the Sony dvd player, the dvp-ns725p. its a basic single disc player and has good reviews online, just wanted the experts' opinions as well. =) thanks for any help you guys can give me.