Some friends came to me for some advice in buying a home theatre set-up for "J," and just the DVD/Reciever/Speakers in the case of "S" (she already has a 52" HDTV ready set). For starters, we went to Best Buy to shop around. After getting a few model numbers down, I have a few questions... In general, should we go with Best Buy, Soundtrack, or "The Big Picture?" Or should we look for someone else? Here are the models "S" decided she wanted to get, all from Best Buy. Sony 5-disc DVD/CD/SACD (Model DVPNC650V) $199.99 Sony 5.1 Dolby/DTS 500W receiver (Model STR-DE885 Silver) $379.99 Bose speakers (Model AM10II) $749.99 Adding in $169 to install everything, but not including the warranty coverage, it would total $1,499.96, excluding taxes. Are these good models at decent prices, or should we look elsewhere? At Best Buy, where they are selling DirectTV satellite dishes and service, we were told that satellite was our only hope of getting HDTV at all, and that cable just wouldn't cut it. Are satellite dishes capable of better resolutions than cable in general? Specifically for our area, are Dish Network or DirectTV better than AT&T Digital Cable? We were also told that to get resolution better than 480p, we would also need to buy a HD tuner. The only one Best Buy sells is a $600 Samsung model. Should we get the Samsung from Best Buy, or look elsewhere? Will a cheaper HD tuner be less effective? Also, "S" currently has DirectTV and is moving to a new house. She doesn't like the price she'll have to pay to upgrade to HDTV. Should she try to negotiate a new price with DirectTV for moving/upgrading to HDTV, or should she just start over with Dish Network? Then there's what "J" wants. She'd like to get a 42" or so HDTV for under $1,500 and s Home Theatre package for between $1,500 and $2,000. Soundtrack had a Hitachi (Model Number: 43FDX15#) for $1,499.95, but that may have been a Labor Day-only sale. They also have a Mitsubishi (Model Number WT46809 #) for $1,999.95, and a Panasonic (Model Number PT47WX42 #) for $1,599.95. "J" also wanted to get the HT setup from Soundtrack, either the $1,499.95 Klipsch / Denon package, or the $1,999.95 Definitive Technology / Sony ES package, which can also play SACD. Here's the details on the two packages at Soundtrack: Klipsch/Denon: DENON AVR-1403 Receiver, DENON DVD900 P-scan player, Klipsch Speakers Center: SC.5 Rear channel: SS.5, Subwoofer: KSW10 Main Speakers: SB2 $1,499.95 DT/Sony ES Sony DVPNS755V DVD player Sony STRDA1ES Receiver Definitive Technology Speakers: BP6B Tower Speakers PCC2 Center speaker BPX 1.2x BLK bi-polar speakers (rear) PS100TLBL 250 watt powered subwoofer $1,999.95 Gah. Sorry for the length of the post.