I'm posting this thread here in the Separates area because it's the one board I most frequent here at the HTF. In November of 2001, I joined the HTF to try to get some information about a complete transformation of my HT. I set a $5000 budget (went over it slightly) and came here for info and analysis. I sure got it and I want to use this thread to thank those who helped me obtain one kick ass HT!!! For SACD advice (and the purchase of my Sony SCD-555ES) I want to thank HTF members RicP, KeithH and Chip E. I love this player!!! For pre/pro advice (and the purchase of my Anthem AVM-20) I want to thank Legairre, LarryB, John Morris, RAF, Alex Yang, Scott-C, Michael Morhmann and all the other members of our group buy. For speaker advice (and the purchase of my Paradigm Reference 40's, 20's and CC in Lt. Cherry Veneer), I especially want to thank Bob Peck and RicP. I did most of the research myself in regards to cabling and my amplifier (Anthem MCA5-II), using this board as a resource. My audio upgrades are complete and I look forward to a video upgrade in 2003. All in all, I got 5 Paradigm Speakers, One Anthem Amp, $700 in Outlaw Audio Interconnects and DH Labs speaker cable, One Sony SCD-555ES SACD player and an Anthem AVM-20 preamp for a grand total of $6300. I love my system!!! Man it sounds great and I haven't even calibrated yet!!! Running out to Best Buy to get Avia right after this post!!! Thanks everyone!!! I'll post a review of the Anthem processor in a separate thread once it's burned in a few days.