I'm glad I stumbled onto this site. It's awesome. I have been reading for hours and hours in the last week, using the search function (which has worked perfectly for me). Anyway, here is the sytem I have decided to put together for my bedroom, and in the fall, dorm room at U of M. I listen to music all the time, so figure usage will be 70/30 music/HT. Receiver - Onkyo TX-DS595 ~370 jandr.com DVD/CD - Toshiba 2715 ~200 jandr.com Speakers - 5 nOrh 4.0 850 nOrh.com Subwoofer - Adire Rava 399 adireaudio.com For a total of about $1820, not including all shipping and wires. I chose the nOrhs because all of the dorm rooms I've been in have been acoustical nightmares. Hopefully their reportedly large dispersed soundstage will alleviate this somewhat. Plus, their looks should go over well with my peers. My second choice was Axiom, but I'm 95% sure I'm going with nOrh. I chose the 595 because it has all of the features I need, and definately enough power for a bedroom/dorm setup. It also has very solid build quality. The rava is the most cost-effective and musical sub in my range. I also considered velodyne here. The Tobisha DVD has 5 disc capacity, and is supposed to play VCDs/CDR/CD-RW and MP3 CDs, but I will have my computer connected to the receiver via optical digital. This will replace my current system, which is simply a two-year old Sony shelf system which is hooked up to my computer, TV, and PS2. So that's it. I've already got a lot of feedback already, just by reading previous posts on the components I eventually chose. There are a lot of guys whom I already owe thanks, but I can't name them all.