Many here have helped me put together my system. My original goal was $1000. The key to me was ending up with asystem that had a TRUE sound, decent Base and DD5.1 and DPL II. First the speakers: I got the N26 for mains and the N-center. I had issues with sibilance and that sibilance seemed more pronounced with the n-center. Well that problem was definitely the sources TV and CD no question. I also wanted to pass on a responce I got from my e-mail to JBL (took about 10 days) which shows me they are a good company to deal with: Hi Richard, The sensitivity of the N-Center is 2dB greater than the N26, but I don't see if that would have any effect on the condition you're experiencing. If you question the performance of your sepaker, I would suggest letting a JBL service center check out your speaker. Please call 1-800-336-4JBL and then follow the prompts for SERVICE CENTERS. They will be able to refer you to the people in your area that will be able to service your speaker for you. You can also find a service center on our website, www.jbl.com under "Product Support". It will give you service centers closest to your zip code. I just got a Yamaha HTR-5550 to pair up with the JBL's based on many helpful posts and recommendations. It came down to the Denon 1802 and the HTR-5550. base on the features (One being the component video switch) the HTR-5550 was a better value for me. Just got yesterday but I can tell you that the Music I played was crisp and clear and if anything the sibilance of my "poor" sources was reduces at the same time , maybe the speakers or my ears have broken in, but definitely sounds great. Don't have my Subwoofer until tomorrow so that will hopefully round out one great $1000 Music/HT systems for me. The reason I do not have a Subwoofer is that I decided to return the Sony SA-wm40 and just go for the JBL PB12 just felt the Sony just was not powerful enough. This is my system and what I paid if you are interested. N26 + N-center $249 delivered www.jandr.com Receiver HTR-5550 Yamaha Best Buy $399 (maybe will go on sale ) Subwoofer JBL PB12 $299 delivered www.jandr.com Rears Bose model 100's FREE (Yes next purchase N24's $99) Stands for the N26's TEC-PS31 $48.89 delivered http://jhallamek.powerfulhosting.com...l/icOid/125372 Had to modify top by putting on a 10"x9" top screwed to the 5"x5" wood top supplied (worked great looks very nice) will need spikes on carpet to keep stable. OK so its $1095 when I replace my rears but the extra $95 went to getting the PB12 ( I think worth it anyway a budget is just a guide 10% over not bad). When I get the subwoofer I will post my subjective review. I have some DVD music and the phantom Menace to give me a chance to see just how this system performs.