I went to a local retailer, Visions Electronics, here in Canada yesterday. I asked them to build me a system for around $1000 CAD plus or minus a few hundred bucks. He showed me their house brand, Soundstage, which is produced by jbl and distributed though their company. The demo amazed me. He put on some christmas music by an orchestra and it almost brought me to tears. I've never heard 5.1 like that and it blew me away. You could hear the music as if the instruments were right next to you. It was simply fantastic. Needless to say, I was sold. But I thought that I would check with you guys before I pulled the trigger. Anyway, the system retails for $2600 CAD, He said he'd give it to me for $1550. Here's what it includes: a) two mains "stage 500" 3x 6.5" cones b) Center channel "stage center 5" 2x 6.5" cones c) two bookshelf "stage 50" 5.25" cone d) Stage 10 sub e) Onkyo 7.1 Receiver. Has anyone heard of Soundstage?? soundstage-audio is their website.