ok, well im finally possibly in the market for a basic home theater setup. what i have: PS2 as DVD player Sony Trinitron 36" Aiwa NSX-V21 www.csee.wvu.edu/~gregoryw/layout.GIF the scale is a bit off on that picture, but it is good enough to understnad where stuff is. ok, well obviously the PS2 isn't the best dvd player in the world, so that is a definite upgrade. a new tv is out of the question at the moment. that aiwa is just a normal cd/radio/tape player with my tv hooked up to it. two front speakers, two satellites - so i have quasi-surroundsound. also, that speaker on the right by the sliding door is sitting on the floor, so it really isn't doing much. it's an apartment, so two things on that: first, i cannot mount speakers on walls/ceilings; second, really loud subwoofer (well, any of it) = bad. what i want: *definitely* new DVD player a decent, real 5.1 surround sound system budget of around $300-$400 id really prefer not to go for a "home theater in a box," as i understand that their upgradability is limited. however, this is pretty much gonna have to last me for a least 3 years anyway, so by then, i may just get a whole new system. id also prefer it to be something i can pick up a a store, test it, and return it if the system doesn't work in the room (acoustics and all). but if it comes highly enough recommended, i might just order it. whether or not i get the 5.1 stuff, i need a dvd player. that is an absolute must. the tv is not hd (no progressive scan) and has no component vid (has s-video), so i don't need any fancy doodads. i just want something that is quality and for a relatively cheap price. lastly, before you guys tell me to go look at other posts first, i already have. i think i went all the way back to page 20+ when i was bored the other day. i really know nothing about this as far as buying goes, but i know something good when i hear/see it. so, any help you guys could give me in this would be wonderful.