Like the heading says, this is the place for newbies to HT -- I'm one and totally confused. We have a 12X12 room, carpeted floor & sliding glass door. I've installed speaker wire in the wall with banana jacks at the four corners @ 7 feet high. The system will be install at the corner with the glass door alongside. We are starting at ZERO -- new TV, receiver, DVD & speakers. Since we're just finishing construction, our budget's more than a bit stretched. There are two teens in the house, so format flexibility in the audio playback (CD-R & MP3) is pretty important. Durability to handle a 16-year-old boy's thumpa-thumpa bass is pretty important. We are not audiophiles but know good sound when we hear it. As for the TV, our son was rapt by the Sony KV-36FV26. Good price for the size but is a 36" the right size for a 12X12 room with seating about7 feet away from the screen. Many thanks to forums memebrs for any and all thoughts.