Hi to all. I'm finally ready to upgrade! Have been lurking around here for a week or so and researching but can now use some of your expert advice on a specific issue. I'm hoping to get feedback based on real life experiences rather than theory! My original setup years ago was a Panasonic VHS Hi-Fi deck, a 32" Sony KVR monitor and an Atlantic Technology System 250. I think it was the very first "home theater in a box" system that incorporated Dolby Pro Logic. I lived in a variety of apartments over the years, over time adding a Panasonic LX900 Laserdisc player, a Panasonic RP56 DVD player and finally a Panasonic 47" rear projection monitor. I've never had ISF calibration but get some killer video with progressive scan and good source material. I have finally acquired a house with an extra room that will serve as a dedicated home theater and an audio upgrade is long overdue. The new house has sucked up some major budget dollars so what I'm doing now may be an interim solution of sorts but needs to be good for a few years. I've targeted Yamaha or Onkyo as the likely candidate for an AV receiver (maybe NAD if I can swing the $$). It's the speakers where I'm faced with a challenge. I already owned a small pair of Boston Acoustics white metal case non=powered mini monitors that I was using with an old integrated amp for PC sound. This past weekend I grabbed a deal on some Boston Acoustics VRS dipole surrounds - the white THX model that was discontinued in 1999. I also grabbed (not thinking of possible conflicts) a pair of NHT Super Zero XU's for front L/R speakers and have bids out for a cheap, older NHT center channel and and NHT 10" powered subwooofer. A few questions: If I set up a 6.1 system is it realistic to use the monopole surround as the rear center and the dipoles as the surrounds? If I implement 7.1 do I use both of the monopoles and put them equidistant from the center of the back wall? In that latter scenario, what happesn if In on 5.1 or 6.1 source material? Is this a reasonable setup if I get the right prices? My current center channel/subwoofer bids are by proxy and I can cancel them with no problem. A colleague who's into HT and AV insists that I'll never be happy with dissimilar speakers, claimign that I need five absolutely identical speakers for good results. I'm not opposed to putting the Super Zero's back on Ebay and looking for some Boston Acoustics products for L/R/center. Have also considered a JBL 10" 150 watt sub instead of getting an Ebay NHT - the price wo0uld be about the same. Advice, comments, suggestions.... all are welcome!