Brief story... the excitement of a newbie: Ok, so my new receiver was finally delivered (HK AVR125), which is actually the first new piece in my setup. I bought a refurb from Harmon Audio, hadn't realized it wouldn't come with a remote or manual. No biggie, downloaded all manuals from their site. Picked up a cheap remote for now (One For All). Begin setting it all up and... Wo have things changed since the old 2 speaker stereo days! All these different connection types, settings and options. I keep saying to myself "Baby Steps". But here's the fun part... Every time I read a new part in the manual and make the adjustment, the sound gets better! Trying different connections, programming the remote, connecting the PC to the receiver... every tiny little step produces a great reward! I can't get over the improvements I have already experienced! I'm so glad I found this forum and went the component route, as I was very close to buying the Onkyo HTiB. I had made an earlier post when I jumped in and made my receiver purchase after lurking here for a bit and got a few responses that said "Run while you can!"... I now see the reasoning behind those responses. I have become an instant addict... it's all I think about lately. And what's great is I still have just about every piece of the system to research and purchase!!! I never really thought this could become a main hobby, but there's so much to it my opinion has changed. So here I currently sit with HK 125 receiver, older Onkyo CD changer, older JBL floor standing mains (forget the model), Xbox (used also for DVD), PC (used for MP3 and some video) and an older Toshiba 27". Next purchase will be some JBL speakers, I'm thinking the NSP-1 system added to my mains will give me 7.1. After that a subwoofer, undecided on which. I'm currently going for a budget system to allow me to build a DVD collection quicker, since I currently only own 10. Thanks to all of the contributors the excellent resource that this forum is! My apologies for the lengthy post with basically no point. It's just that my friends just don't understand my enthusiasm, I have to let it out somewhere.