Hi there, I'm sorry if this subject seems old and tired to regular users. I don't come here too often, and so far my searches have been unsuccessful, considering the budget limitations. I *used* to be a stereo/hi-fi afficionado long time ago, when I lived in Europe. But I've fallen behind pitifully, as life has become more complicated over the last five years or so. I don't even know who's the current top dog maker of equipment (to give you an idea - my musical nirvana used to be the Technics Ta-Keh CD decks and the Nakamichi Dragon...) Anyway, my life's story is not the point here. My point is that I'm finally getting ready to buy a DECENT home theatre system. What I have so far is a toy, with muddy bass, a garbled front-right speaker, and unpleasant mid-treble. But - there's always a But, isn't it? - I can only go as high as $500 CDN. Which poses an additional problem, considering that the Canadian market is much smaller and limited in offers than the U.S. Nevertheless, I still hope you can help me here. What I'm looking for, basically, is a good receiver and a nice set of 5.1 speakers. I'd avoid a HTIB for two reasons: 1) I already have two excellent DVD players 2) I will be connecting a few other components to the receiver (a MD deck, one or two cassette decks and the computer) - and we all know HTIBs usually sacrifice the number of inputs for compactness. As for other features, DD 5.1 and DTS would be good. DTS II would be good, too, if it was accessible... So. What would you buy if you were in my situation? Both Canadian and U.S inputs are welcome, I just hope that you won't suggest me to go to Circuit City for a particular model Cheers!