First off, I apologise if this is in the wrong place, there's a lot of audio sections here, and I wasn't sure which to post in. I am in the process of re-decorating my room, and am wanting to get a really nice audio setup. The primary focus will be music, but it will also be used for television, dvd, and gaming, however music is the priority. The room is about 9' square, so I shouldn't need anything too powerful. This is how my room layout is, and unfortunately that can't change. The Oppli unit is where everything will have to go, and speakers will have to go pretty much at the far edge of it. (I know it's rather close to the walls ) Here's a picture of it temporarily set up in the lounge to give you an idea: (sorry about the quality, I'm waiting on a new camera to be delivered) I'm fairly new to higher end audio - I've had a cheap surround kit before (Logitech Z-680) but was never really happy with it, and sold it after getting my Grado SR-80 headphones; they just couldn't compare in quality. I'm just unsure what my £1000 would be best spent on; I'm wanting at least a 2.1 setup, if not 5.1. If I go with 2.1 I'll probably be wanting to add rears and a centre at some point. I'm really not sure where my money should go, if I should be spending say 30% on the amp, 20% on the sub, 20% on the player, 20% on the speakers and 10% on cabling, or if I should be spending more on the speakers, and less on the amp etc... I'll have to include an SPL meter in the price too. (no idea how much that'll cost) Another thing I'm unsure about is whether I should buy a seperate headphone amp for my Grados, or if I'd be fine just plugging them into the amp/reciever directly. If not, that's probably £200 off the budget right away, as I will be doing quite a lot of listening at night as well as during the day. (will be getting a HeadAmp Gilmore Lite if I need one) I've been meaning to get one for quite some time now, but hadn't as I planned on buying a reciever/amp, and wasn't sure if that would do the job. Here's the first real problem - I can't really go and demo anything. There aren't any audio stores "close" to where I am, and I have M.E. so it's not really possible for me to get to any of the ones in town. (I'm on the very outskirts of Glasgow, virtually in the countryside, about an hour from the city centre) I'm also not entirely sure what I should be buying, as it's not just speakers and an amp I need. Right now, most of what I listen to is from CDs ripped in a lossless format on my Powerbook with the Grados, but I do listen to the ocassional bit of internet radio/podcast (talk radio of course) so I'd like some way to hook up my Powerbook to the system. I've got a 17" one, so it's got a 24bit/96KHz optical output, but as it'll be on the desk on the other side of the room, I feel that some sort of network device would be a better idea, rather than a long cable around the room. I've been thinking about an airport express to stream from it wirelessly, using its optical out, but I'm doubtful of the quality I'd get from it. I'm sure it'd be fine for internet radio / podcasts, but probably not music. So I don't know whether I should also buy a dedicated CD player, some sort of hard-drive based device or a network streaming one. (I have to say, it would probably get on my nerves having to look out each CD when I want to listen to them, and not being able to have proper playlists. I really liked the look of the new Cambridge Audio Azur 640H, but hear it's going to be about £500 when it's released, which wouldn't leave much money for the other equipment. As there's little space, I think the sub would have to go under the desk in the corner, so I'll need at least 8m of cabling for that to go around the edge of the room. With the sub I'm wanting something to help with the music, I'm not looking for thumping bass. I was thinking about a REL Quake - I hear they're very crisp and not overpowering, which would be great for a smaller room like mine, but I don't know if that's too much of the budget to be spending on a sub. I really like the look of the B&W DM601 S3's for front left/right, but I don't know if they're actually worth the money, if they're suited to a room like mine, if it's too much of the total budget etc. I'll probably also need a stand to bring them up to the height of my TV. It doesn't look big in the picture, but it's a 32" LCD. I'm thinking the Arc 1268 stand looks good as it's adjustable from 20cm to 80cm high. (will probably be at the lower end) I'm sorry for the long post, I tend to go into too much detail about things, but I hope you can help. Oh, and one last question - I've not yet chosen the flooring for the room; should I be going with laminate or carpet? I'm thinking carpet is the better choice?