A year ago I bought a HTIB (Pioneer VSX-510 Receiver , 4 surround low quality speakers and a sub). I was at first very pleased with the results because I was so used to the L/R audio experience coming from my TV. However, since then I have been reading this forum constantly and realized that I had been duped by my spontaneous spending. I have since been "authorized" by my wife to spend $200-$400 on a variety of upgrades. I have decided that for my purposes the Receiver and Sub will have to do for the time being and I would like to focus on the L/C/R. My first question is that if I had to buy these separately (time frame: 2 months) would I be correct in buying the Center Channel first? My second question is how important is the timbre matching of my lowly surround speakers going to effect the overall experience? I have demoed and thoroughly researched the JBL S-series and (compared to my current system) I was very pleased with their performance. Feel free to recommend other brands as well, but remember that you are talking to a beginner who is still working on his Bachelor's with plans for a Masters. Also, simply saving my money and waiting several.....years (AAH!!) is an option.