My buddy Nick got a Sony HTIB 5 years ago and still thought his VHS driven experience was right up there. I was nagging him to upgrade, and without following my advice he ran out and bought a Sony DD rec. from BB. SPRING CLIPS??? No AC outlets??? arrrgh So I brought over my spare sub and some Polk wedgie's for surround to back up his Boston CR6's. While at BB he got a Sony (ugh) center. It's actually not too bad, but it's bright and tizzy compared to yada yada yada... His 6 year old 25" zenith was so out of whack that VE's contrast tests made the screen bloom into yellowish hues. After a half hour of fighting the menus I got as close to right as I could. Audio was easier. 15 minutes of messing around and we were ready to go. I brought him my Sony DVP-300 from way back in '97 (I'm an early adopter on a budget). Off we went, through U-571, Matrix, and Toy Story 2. He crapped his pants! Reference level in your living room will do that to ya. (OK, 100db peaks, but he's got NO carpet and hardly any furniture.) At first he only wanted to use the Sony bandpass sub from that HTIB, since he really didn't want to shell out the $75 I wanted for the 10" 120 watter I brought along. So, I hooked them BOTH up at the same time, side by side tight up in a corner. Re-cal'd to 75db across the board and even I was impressed, and I have the SV 20*39. Needless to say, he want's me to hook him up with a DVD player, and he wrote me a check on-the-spot for the Polk's and the sub. Warms my heart. Anyone else have a story about sending a buddy down the road of HT?