Decided to do some looking around today for speakers and receiver to turn my 'system' into an actual HT system (just have a TV and DVD & VCR players right now). In Indy, I had heard good things about Sound Pro, which was advertising a 50% off sale on demo equipment, so I stopped by there. I wasn't necessarily looking to buy something today or next week unless the price was right, but I could at least get a feel for what I might want in the future. My 'starting' budget for EVERYTHING (4 speakers + center + sub + receiver) was around $1500. Store A (Sound Pro): They carried names like B&W, PSB, and PhaseTech that were in my budget, with a few other brands in upper ranges (my budget was definitely in their low-end; BTW those B&W Nautilus's are freakin' sweet! ). I wish I could remember the models, but I basically ended up comparing some B&W bookshelves with the PSB Image 1B speakers. I ended up liking the PSB sound (crisp and clear highs) compared the B&W sound (more mellow). I had never actually heard of PSB before (I apparently don't know all the makers very well), but I liked the B&W name going into the store. While I thought the B&W's sounded good, the PSB's just sounded 'better'. The guy recommended the PSB 8C for my center, and I think we just picked up any general 10" sub (Phasetech Power 10 sub). The price quote given me was: - PSB 1B (x4): $548 - PSB 8C (x1): $270 - Phasetech Power 10 sub (x1): $370 Total: $1188 I kind of briefly looked at receivers and thought the Denon $400 or $500 models 'looked nice', but I don't remember the model numbers, and I wasn't really sure what to compare them to, as they only had a couple receivers in that price range. Next I went to Ovation just to compare my finds at Sound Pro (this whole day started because of Sound Pro's advertised sale). Store B (Ovation): They pretty much carried Polk, Klipch, Definitive, and Paradigm. I ended up deciding between Paradigm and Klipch. After a few minutes, I determined I liked the 'more accurate' sound of Paradigm over Klipch, which although put out more sound and more treble, just sounded muddy compared to the Paradigm. The Paradigm set I auditioned the most and priced out was: Paradigm Phantom (floor) (x2): $420 Paradigm Titan (bookshelf) (x2): $220 Paradigm CC170 (center) (x1): $200 Paradigm PDR10 (sub) (x1): $350 Total: $1190 On receivers, I kind of liked the Yamaha RXV620 over the competing Denon models. IIRC, it delivered more power (important for the Paradigm's?), seemed a little easier to use, more inputs, and had a nifty on-screen display. Unfortunately, I am unable to compare the 2 brands, although I might like the PSB's a little more. I'm rather curious what you guys think of what I ran into, and if I should look out for anything else given my preferences formed today. I really want to audition some Energy, as I've never heard them, but I hear great things about them. Does anyone in the Indy area know of a store that carries Energy products? Also, do the PSB 1B (x4) sound a look a good idea for HT use, or should I really try to bump into some floor speakers for my fronts (I've actually got a HUGE entertainment center that has space for bookshelve speakers for my fronts, which is what I would do now with my given selections). And given the prices quoted (which were pretty close) do you think the PSB 1B's (bookshelves) in a 4 speaker setup will hold up to the Paradigm Phantom/Titan setup, which has 2 floor speakers? And, in my current room setup, if I went with Paradigm, I was considering using the bookshelf speakers for my fronts and my floor speakers for my rears. Is that an insane idea, or do you think that might be acceptable? What are your thoughts on my day's experience?