I've been into the software side of HT for quite awhile now, but being a student, have never been able to afford to jump into the hardware side of things. I'd like to get the ball rolling though, as next year I'll have my own place. My first concern is music. I'll probably be using any speaker/reciever setup for this purpose, primarily. So 2-channel would suffice for now, but eventually I'd like to expand to 5.1. I'm starting almost from the ground up. I got an open-box Sony SCD-CE775 last month, so that's my only component so far. My roomate next year will have a DVD player, so I don't need to get one just yet. Mostly what I need reccoendations for are an affordable reciever as well as an affordable pair of speakers. These would probably end up becoming the mains to a future 5.1 system, but for now I just need something for good quality music, and the occasional DVD. Look at the under $1,000 range for both the reciever and speakers combined... but $500-750 would be ideal. I'm just doing initial research now.. your guys' help will be great. Thanks.