My roommate just finished moving out of the basement so now I have a whole new space to deal with, and wanted to move my living room setup down there but have no idea where to start. I read the main sticky, but would feel better getting recommendations from the fine folks here who have already gone through this. 1. Area - The basement "living room" space that this will be in is approximately 12x24'. It's finished, has carpet, etc. just in case that makes a difference. My plan is to put the tv on the wall and have a couch about 8-10 feet back against the other wall, and not the longer 24' way which would leave a bunch of open space behind me. I'm assuming that comes into play with positioning for best sound but I'm not sure - I'm waiting for you guys to tell me that! 2. Budget - ~$1,000, but am flexible on this. Originally started out thinking a 2k budget, but thought maybe I could start with a nicer 2.1 system for $1k that I could build on to later, which would leave some extra money for new media stand, wall mount for tv, cabling, etc. 3. Form Factor - I'm assuming I'll get the best sounding system if I buy the pieces separately instead of doing a complete "system in a box." This would also make adding to it in the future easier. I currently don't have a surround sound setup, so starting with a 2.1 setup isn't the end of the world. Also - no wife to worry about, so bigger "unsightly" speakers are fine by me as long as they sound good. 4. Used For - This will be used for everything. I watch a lot of TV/movies, as well as play a lot of video games (remember, no wife). It will also be used for listening to music, which will be all over the board from rock, metal, country to techno/house music. 4a. I have a Samsung PN58B550 (58" plasma) TV that will be the center of this. Things using the sound will be TV, Xbox, PS3, and satellite receiver, so having enough inputs for those are obviously important. Is that enough info to get some feedback? If not, let me know and I'll answer any questions you have. TL;DR Need suggestions for new HT system 12x24' space ~$1k budget (somewhat flexible) Prefer to buy components instead of complete "system in a box" Prefer starting with nicer 2.1 system for $1k and building on to it later rather than settle for a lesser 5.1 system for 1k. Go!