After a couple of months of reading, worrying, agonizing, comparison shopping and persuading, I think I finally have all the basics together (and it is pretty basic!). I had hoped to keep it under $5000 (Canadian) and so far, I'm a few bucks under (but I still would like a universal remote and a sound meter). This is what it is so far: Toshiba 51H83 RPTV Panasonic RP-62K DVD player Yamaha HTR-5550 Receiver Athena Point 5 Surround system (includes subwoofer) Apollo 28" speakers stands for front speakers Sonax SR-5044 audio stand Cables (12 gauge speaker wire, AR Master Series component, digital optical, surge bar,...) I've still got regular old cable. I'm considering Shaw Digital or satellite but that may have to wait. Also, I have no way to record anything yet. I don't know if an S-VHS recorder or maybe a PVR is the way to go. Thanks for reading. I'll try to figure out how to post a picture sometime.