Not sure whether this is the right area or not, but since I am new to HT I'll try it here. I am building a home theater in my basement. The dimensions are 12X24. The couch will sit cross-ways the room approximately eight feet from the screen face of a Sony 46" rear projection TV, essentially splitting the room in half, the other half will be game table, computer desk, reading room...etc. I purchased the TV several months ago and it is stored. I need some type of HT sound, but have a limited budget due to some other stuff. Wife and I have agreed on around a thousand bucks, give or take fifty cents. I know I can't get studio quality out of a paltry G note, so what is the opinion of the experts to get the most bang for my buck? My other inquiry centers around viewing height. I have built a short stage across the end of the room, creating a six inch rise. I know there is a general rule for viewing distance, but is there a rule of thumb as to the optimum height? Does Sony know what they're doing when they build stand for their TV's? I will build my own stand, so I could take their dimension and alter it for the stage height. Any expert (and all others) advice is greatly appreciated.