Hello all, I’m a newbie to this forum, but spent a lot of time going through posts over the weekend, and have found it to be very informative. I was pretty into HT about 10 years ago, and did a lot of research when I helped my Mom setup and install her Dolby Pro Logic surround system. I think she had a great surround system for her budget and the time (circa 1994). It was a Sony receiver, Technics turntable, Sony HiFi VCR (he he, remember those?) and a mixture of Boston Acoustics and Technics speakers. Well, I was home last weekend installing her (my old) DVD player, and a set of “B” speakers for her workout room. After the player was setup we watched a DVD and I was amazed at how much better her “old” system sounded than my pre-packaged Box system. So….. I’m looking to upgrade my current HT system. Here’s what I have right now - Older CRT 16:9 Philips 34” 1080i television. (Only has 2 Component inputs and no HDMI - HD Cable Box / DVR - Older Sony HTIB, satellites and center with subwoofer. (Only has one optical input, currently used by the Xbox) I think its supposedly 70W per channel, so I’m assuming about 30-40 watts RMS - Xbox 360, for games and DVD’s Here’s my tentative plan. I just relocated for work, and I’m living in a leased house for the time being. The TV can wait a couple more years. I don’t want to move/install it twice! I’d like to spend about 2000-2500 (although less would be nice) for the receiver, speakers and most likely a next-gen DVD player, after THAT smoke clears. I would like to future proof the system as much as possible, as I don’t want to start replacing things a couple years from now. I’d optimally like to see this setup last upwards of 10-15 years if I can. For the receiver I’m thinking H/K 347 or 445. I’m going to need a couple inputs on the receiver for any video expansion, as my current TV’s HD inputs are full. I really like the fact that HK lists their RMS power as their rating, no BS there! H/K also advertises their systems as “upgradeable” as future technology comes out. I’m not sure if this is BS or not. Maybe someone here knows? I did demo these units at a local retailer a few months ago. The features (I think) I need are all there, and the design seems to be wife approved. For the speakers, I’m not really sure. I used to love Boston Acoustics sound, and had their speakers at home and in my car. I listened to some of their current stuff and was not really impressed at all. I’m going to drive up to Buffalo this weekend and start checking out some shops. Whatever I get unfortunately has to be “wife approved” cosmetically. L I’m thinking about (after reading this forum and some internet bench racing) Polk’s retiring Lsi line, Asperion, Paradigm, and some better Infinity and JBL’s. I do know that I absolutely HATE the way my system sounds for music now, so whatever I get needs to play music well and also HT duties. My upgrade plan will last through most of 2008 and goes something like this: R/F/C speakers -> surrounds -> sub (powered) -> receiver -> DVD Does anyone have another suggestions for a similar setup? Will the upgrade path work out with the speakers and the older deck?