Because my wife and I are still students, my upgrade process is slower than most: Spring 2000: I discovered HTF while looking for advice on a $300-$350 5.1 receiver. After two months of lurking, I spent nearly four times that much on a Denon 3300 and small subwoofer (Klipsch KSW-12). Spring 2001: Knowing that my boxy old main speakers were the weakest link -- they had travelled with me since the dorm days -- I saved up to buy a pair of Studio 40s. 2-Channel music had never sounded so good, but . . . Spring 2002: . . . the low-end Infinity center channel I had been using since the mid-90s was no longer doing the job. So, yesterday I picked up a new Studio CC. Oh my! That's a helluva speaker. I'm loving the soundstage those three speakers create. Next up: Malata region-free player (hopefully by Christmas), followed by separate amps. Ain't this a fun hobby (especially when we have new toys)?