I confess... ...originally, I told myself that speaker placement wasn't that important. Last summer I went to visit a friend in Detroit and we listened to his new setup (Denon 3801 and B&W 602s). I was instantly turned on to quality audio (both HT and music.) So I decided to replace the outdated college special in my living room. I could only justify Paradigm Atoms and a Sony SAWM40 run by an Onkyo 494 so I felt that my setup was not as good. Well, I visited my friend again recently and he has moved his setup due to a new couch and a new girlfriend. Now it is cramped in a corner and the main speakers are too close together. When we listened to some music this time I new for sure that my setup sounded much better. His setup had almost no depth or soundstage and everything sounded very plain. I had to hide a smile when he commented that his receiver cost about as much as my whole system. Just goes to show that speaker placement is important. I think I will spend a little time this weekend further testing my setup.