I looked at the individual forums and figured this was the best place to put this: Okay... I had always been interested in perhaps a HTiB system but always knew I'd prefer a separate compenent system. I've been wanting a surround system for years. First, I figured I'd stay with a brand I was happy with, so a Sony system was my first research. Then recently was turned on to the Onkyo 770. Not liking it's sound from a "full" perspective, I ultimately then went crazy and bought a Yamaha/JBL system: Yamaha HTR-5760 7.1 Receiver JBL Northridge E80 (2) for Front L/R JBL Northridge EC25 (1) for Center JBL Northridge E30 (2) for Surround L/R JBL Northridge E20 (2) for Surround Back L/R JBL Northridge E150P (1) for Sub-woofer Tonight I got everything hooked up correctly, tweaked my settings (haven't used the Yamaha YPAO system for calibration yet--will someday when I want to "play") to where I liked the levels from the center, front l/r, surrounds l/r, subwoofer, etc. First I was watching a few test discs and noticed PCM in the "auto" of the receiver, remembered I needed to change the settings on the DVD player to output Dolby Digital and DTS signals, assured myself with the "auto" of the receiver that I was indeed getting "Dolby Digital" and "DTS" (instead of the PCM) and... then put in the new Star Wars: ANH DVD... Holy f***ing s**t (please excuse my profanity)... My ears are blown away with this JBL speaker setup. WOW! This coming from someone who hasn't owned a surround-sound anything ever... I'm so impressed that I think in the next week I will pick up another pair of the E20s (or E30s to replace the sur L/R and use the E20s for the sur back L/R [?]) for the 6.1 experience/7.1 future potential (LOTR is 6.1 and then for when 7.1 becomes standard in the next few years). Why not? I'm always of the mind that I like stuff that matches (so does the wife--c'mon, a lot of us know what I'm talking about )--and the JBL Northridges in black ash are very nice aesthetically, not to mention sound beautiful--and in a year or so JBL will change how things look and I suspect I'll never be able to pick up this "look" again (it happens with everything: even tennis shoes!). It's the "once you find something you like you want the same things again" security/aesthetic. Haha. Anyway... Thanks to all who educated me after reading countless posts from those I "lurked" over the past year on researching and learning what I wanted to know about surround equipment. Inherently I knew I needed to spend "some" money but all of us try to be budget conscious, nevertheless, in the end, I caved into what I really wanted. Sometimes I attribute this to the "more money than brains" theory, but so be it. Going from basic 2-channel front L/R for the past 20 years to Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS surround... well? Let's just say I will never watch movies the same way again. What's wonderful it now I can go through all the movies in my collection and "experience" them again for the first time (what we all aspire to), however not visually, but "audio-phonically" (is that a proper phrase?) as I will be "listening" to them for the first time as I've never heard them sound before. I abhor the usage of the word "awesome," but my experience tonight fits the bill. Later I'm going to check out what all the hub-bub about DTS is when I sample a few of those movies. I looked at the Led Zep DVD and the DTS sounded good on some segments from a specific "era," the Dolby Digital on others. I need to find a good DTS movie to watch for this experience. Anyway, I hope I remind some of you who have had these great sound setups for the past few years of how you first felt when you experienced something of this caliber. It's a moment to relish, bask in, enjoy and not take for granted. And reflect upon and discuss on a discussion board. So, no work tomorrow with the house to myself. Fun, fun, fun.