Hi there, First post/thread here... I am ready to toss my HTIB system and go for the real deal. I want to start small though since I don't want to sacrifice quality. Reason being, I cannot afford a $1K system right now... I have to buy furniture, a tv, then the audio I want to start with a good receiver with multiple HDMI inputs and two bookshelf speakers (hopefully that won't break the bank). I want to keep it under $500. Is there anyway I can integrate my current parts: Panasonic HT-690/700 (http://goo.gl/jdRQk) I don't think I can reuse the sub, but the speakers may be usable temporarily... I think they would sound nicer with a good receiver and sub. If I cannot do this, then I'm happy to start with as much as I can get for $500 (quality stuff). I eventually will build out on this, but I want to start small. My uses: -XBOX 360 -HTPC (custom built--my baby) -DVDs/blurays/music/gaming So you can say I will be doing a little bit of everything. If it matters, I'm going to be looking for a 50" Plasma at the right price... was all about LED til I read more about newer plasmas. Thank you!