Hello all! First off, thanks for creating this area, Parker. I always feel intimidated going into the Hardware section. My husband has recently decided to donate an old receiver & a couple of stereo speakers from his old stereo system to the setup in the living room (I don't know the brands or model numbers of everything involved). All that has done however, is to whet my appetite for true home theater. So I recently have been looking over HTiB systems. One thing that I determined is I don't want a HTiB that includes a dvd player; since most of those tend to use the player as the receiver also. Something else I've picked up is that the subwoofer apparently needs to be independantly powered. One that I was looking at for my combined living/dining area (concentrating the sound for those in the living area) had a 100-watt sub and I think maybe a 100 watt receiver. What kind of numbers should I be looking at to be sure the sub has all the power it needs without shorting the receiver/other speakers? Also, someone mentioned somewhere that to create a "sweet spot" in the room, the speakers do not have to be directed to that spot. Where should they be directed? I'm kind of confused about that issue. Thanks for all help in advance!