I'm going to be buying a completely new 5.1 system in a few months. It's been a while since I've delved into the world of buying speakers, so I was hoping to get some recommendations. I've been doing some research and I'll give you my complete thoughts to date. Any info you can provide will be most appreciated. First, I'll mention that I'm not able to demo anything in-home at this time, due to my living situation. Given the fact that I'm mainly interested in internet deals, that makes things more interesting. Next, the theater room: The family room is 20x17 (feet) with a cathedral ceiling. Behind the room (opposite the TV), it opens into a morning room, kitchen, etc., so as far as the listening area goes, it's bigger than the 20x17 space. This means that the mains need to be able to fill that much more space with sound, especially when listening to music. My budget for the system is around $2500. I'll probably be splitting the time 50/50 between music and DVDs. My tastes in music tend toward jazz, classical, country, and light rock. My tastes in movies tend away from the modern movies, although I do like a little action now and then (LOTR, Spidey) When I first started doing research, I became interested in Axiom. On their website, their wizard recommended the M80 mains, VP150 center, QS8 surrounds, and EP350 sub. Automatically, the sub is probably going to be replaced with an SVS PB1-ISD or PB10-ISD. I've read in several reviews that the Axiom center speakers are not so wonderful, which would also affect my main speaker choice as well. So now I'm thinking of the Swan 6.1 mains, coupled with the C3 center speaker. Would that be the better way to go? As far as the center speaker goes, I want to make sure that there is ample dialog dispersal going on. With my last center speaker (Boston Acoustics) in my old house, if you sat on the side of the room, you could barely hear what was being said. (that was about 5 feet off-center, about 6 feet back) I haven't read too many reviews of surround speakers. Can anybody give me a good reason not to get the Axiom QS8s? I know that matching the fronts with the center is important, but is matching the surrounds with the fronts important as well? Sound quality notwithstanding, I do like the fact that Axiom makes a stand specifically for the QS8s! I've also read good things about the Rocket RS750s. Would coupling those with an RSC200 center be even better? It's a little more than I wanted to spend, but I was wondering if there's a huge jump in sound quality. The full Rocket package I've looked at (750s, 200 center, 300 surrounds) comes at a discounted price that's almost within my budget. The whole setup is being powered by a Kenwood VR2090 receiver. I don't have the specs on it, as both it and the documentation are in storage. I know that sound appreciation is subjective and that my ears will hear things differently than everyone else. But since I'm planning to order via internet, it would be nice to have some objective statements from others in order to minimize the possibility of having to make a return shipment. Many thanks in advance for your comments! And sorry this is so wordy! Geo.