This is generally what I told the guy I had (in another forum). DVD player is a Sony DVP-NS300 connected to my Panasonic 32” TV via Monster Cable Components, and runs to my Sony STR-K502 (5x100w) amp via a Monster Toslink Optical Cable. As for my center channel I have a JBL S-Center II, my front stage is set by Polk RT25i’s and my rears are 4 Sony satellites that I wired in series for each channel. All speakers are connected using 12 gauge high performance OFC speaker cable. My sub is an ample 50w Sony unit. My system is tuned optimally, imaging is great, and it’s plenty loud, minus bass impact (sigh). In the future I want to get JBL S36 II's for my rear surrounds, JBL S412P II's for the front, and possibly a Yamaha, Onkyo, or Denon receiver. If bass is still lacking I want an SVS Sub. Visually I want to upgrade to a widescreen TV and a Pioneer Elite DVD player. This is how he responds. "No offense guy but there is no reason to spend money on speakers with that receiver. your not gunna hear any difference. i would save the money and upgrade the amp first. Something in the 6.1-7.1 range. 5.1 is good, and most of the movies are decoded in 5.1 but soon enought 6.1 and 7.1 coded movies will be out. I could write 15 pages on the "perfect theater" but your on the right track. I build home theaters for a living. Anywhere from $300 home-theater-in-a-box to $1.5 millon dollar full theater rooms." So being a little peeved I respond like this. I'm not gonna hear any difference? It was a substantial difference when I upgraded to the Polks. A negative experience when I gotta Bose VCS-10 and an extremely dynamic difference when I upgraded to my JBL Center. I love the way my amp performs currently and 6.1 and 7.1 gets downmixed for 5.1 amps anyway. Besides I don't have a room big enough to substantiate the cost for a 7.1 amp. He responds. "u think you hear a difference. you havent heard enought systems to understand what im saying. the amp, wire, speakers all play a role. I could spend 100 bucks on a amp but blow 1000 bucks on cable and speakers and it still gonna sound like shit. Placement and whats in the room play the biggest part. I could spend 32k on a set of RBH speakers and 4000 on a Elite amp and it could sound like garbage. Its not so much the equipment its your placement of the speakers and what in the room is the sound bouncing off." I respond like this. Your right!! About the part where I haven't heard enough systems, i have not even auditioned a reference quality system...but that's not to say my set up is not good, I know what my ears tell me. Sound quality is a very subjective issue. And I do appreciate you telling me I'm on the right track. To be honest, I have never auditioned a 6.1 or a 7.1 home theater system. I do not have a background either in in your occupation (if that is your career), but I know my system intimately enough to know that it rivals that of Guams 2 main movie theaters in terms of soundstage, imagiing, and sound quality. Where those commercial theaters excell in is, sheer volume (dB) and bass. (don't take this as hostility) But I do think your wrong telling me, "there is no reason to spend money on speakers with that receiver. your not gunna hear any difference." I have to disagree with you there as far as the equipment, and that's all I'm going to say about that. But I will agree about speaker placement as being an integral part of a HT system. As for this thread, it's going slightly off track. I don't want to turn it into a battle. Just wanted to see if people share my same passion and what equipment their using, and plans for future upgrades. Conversation has ended here and may resume again. Opinions???