I am humbled after absorbing some of the vast knowledge shared by many of the contributors here. I hope my rookie status will allow me to ask some basic questions about my particular quest for HT components. I'm in the process of a home remodel and need to buy a new surround sound system. The old JVC Receiver/Dolby processor, and the Cerwin-Vegas! need to be replaced with an updated system (hate to see those C-V speakers go). The HT room is a multi-purpose living/entertaining/TV watching room. The TV/Living room is not huge - about 30' X 30'. I have a big-screen TV, dual deck DVD/VCR, Satellite Dish, CD stack player. I prefer 4 wall-mounted satellite speakers (position adjustable type, not flush mount), 1 center channel and one powered subwoofer in the TV/Living room. I have 2 outdoor speakers in the patio area, 2 speakers in the bedroom, 2 speakers in the kitchen - these are all wired through a switching box to the existing receiver/amplifier. Ideally, I want a single unit AM/FM receiver with surround sound processing that can handle multiple channel outputs for the various other rooms - if such a unit exists. Alternatively, I can use a separate receiver/processor/splitter box for the other rooms if necessary - though audio rack space is a limiting factor when considering having to add a separate switching unit. I'm in a bit of a quandry as my HT budget is relatively small compared to the cost of the mega-systems I see discussed here. I'm looking at an initial outlay of $600-800 to get a fair starter system. Can you suggest a particular make/model of receiver that is not super high-end, that has multiple output channels? I do not want an integrated surround sound/DVD player. Finally, do you recommend that I spend more money on the receiver/processor, or the speaker system - then upgrade the cheaper of the two when I have more cash for upgrades? Your insights and assistance are greatly appreciate.