Is there any convention as to how much money one should spend on each component for a "balanced" system? e.g. in hi-fi, conventionally some might say that of the entire budget, say $1,000, spend 10% (i.e. $100) on cables and accessories, and split the rest equally (i.e. $300 each) on source (CD player), amp and speakers. in the HT context, obviously it would be overkill to mate a flagship receiver, or separates, with an entry level speaker package, but is there any "ideal" balance? in my case, I've settled (partly on WAF grounds) on the Mission Cinema 8 series of speakers (782s + 78C + 78ds), haven't decided on sub yet (but leaning towards SVS25-31PCi -- thanks Tom V. for all your help!) , and at the moment am "committed" as part of the package with the HT shop to a Marantz SR7200 -- the total package was S$3,550 (that's Singapore dollars, about US$1 = S$1.8, if it matters). but looking at the price division, in effect the allocation is around S$850 to the receiver, and the speakers are around S$2,700. I've been considering going up to the SR8200 (which will cost an extra S$900 or so). for "system balance", does this make sense, i.e. it'll be about $2,700 to speakers and about $1,650 to receiver. for that matter, how does price of subwoofer then come into it? an SVS25-31PCi will cost me (including shipping) around S$1,330, i.e. half the price of the 5 speakers. an REL Q201 will also cost about the same. and cables/speaker wire? arrghhh, help!