Hello all. Time to come out of (A/V) closet and make my first post here. I just became a new home owner (again) and will be getting married later this year. We are both techies that have been very much looking forward to our own home theatre. I haven't looked any A/V equipment in over 5 years though. Time permitting, I have been researching it again (including reading this forum) but with so many different brands, prices, reviews, stores, it is a bit overwhelming. Can you help me sort through some of the major choices? Having just bought a house and needing to furnish it with some of the necessities we have budget to work with that needs to stay below $10k for the home theatre system. I did a couple of installations years ago so I'm not totally new to the concepts, just the current equipment. The home theatre will be in the living room which is 16x26 with high/vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace. Some criteria I hope that we can work with are to have a TV 50" or bigger. Anything smaller and it just won't look right in a room that large. I doesn't matter to us if it Plasma, DLP, etc. as long as it has a great, clear picture with excellent blacks and contrast. Honestly, anything will be better than we have now but if we spend $3k on a TV it should gorgeous. The audio must be 5.1 channel and of good quality. We don't need the biggest or the loudest speakers but they need to sound like fine wine tastes and hopefully match the rest of the gear. The layout of the room won't really allow for more speakers than 5.1 but we are perfectly fine with that. You'll probably find this funny but I am a Systems Admin that has has no experience with HTPC. Incorporating a PC into my home theatre feels like a natural choice to me but I have no experience with it all. Should I even consider a HTPC or stick with traditional A/V components. I must admit that I like the idea of storing my DVD's on my home storage and watching them at the click of a button. Is this the way to do it? Aside from the above, there will be a HD cable box from Comcast, a TIVO (the girlfriend already has that) and of course the main A/V reciever and whatever else is needed to complete this thing. Two other things of concern, which are more of personal preferences than anything else, are having everything functioning from one remote (hopefully) and using appropriate, quality cabling. I've always made do with 2-3 remotes and would love to operate it all with only one remote. As for the cabling, since I'm starting from scratch, I want to try to use the best available connections between the devices. We aren't brand particular so that should make it a bit easier. We just want good equipment for our money. Thank you all for reading this and I look forward to your responses and our discussion. Hopefully, this will help anyone else out there that might be in the same situation we are right now. In the meantime, I'll keep researching while awaiting your thoughts and suggestions. This message will not self-destruct in 10 seconds . . .