hi all, A good friend of mine has just bought a house and is looking to invest in a full 5.1 set up. The room size is around 12*18 feet, the pic below is loooking to the back wall where there will be an L couch and space for the speakers on the back wall. He will be buying a new 50" TV at the same time so the budget is a bit of a balancing act. He wants a full spec system but at the same time doesn't want to go overboard and spend 1000's. I went through a similar process a couple of years back (without buying the house) and ended up with a denon + B&W 685, 686 + svs. His room has space for a set of floor standers but he hasn't set on a TV cabinet yet so bookshelves could also be an option. inputs: HDMI: PS3 and Sky HD Sonos zone player, iPad / iphone / macbook - airplay (not a priority due to sonos). 3D - not required first thoughts... AMPS: 2012 Denon 1713 £400, airplay 1x front + 4xHDMI, 120w per channel. Good pairing with B&W? Sevenoaks Sound and Vision - Denon AVR-1713 <p> AV Receiver <p> (Claim Free Chord Company Cables Worth £50) 2012 Yamaha RXV473£330, airplay, 4x HDMI, 115w per channel Superfi - YAMAHA RXV473 NETWORKED 3D READY HOME CINEMA RECEIVER WITH APPLE AIRPLAY Speakers: B&W 685 - £1330 Superfi - B&W 685 THEATRE HOME CINEMA SPEAKER PACKAGE AE Aelite 3.5.1. - £1399 Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AELITE 3 5.1 SPEAKER PACKAGE So, my questions... - Given the room size 12*18feet, are floorstanders recommended over bookshelf? - Rear speaker placement - should they be either side of the window (2 feet above the couch?) or on the side walls? - What other options are there around the £1-1500 mark for a set of 5.1. speakers including 2 floorstanders or better subs / centres? - Amps - sensible choices given the speaker budget? - Subs - are the subs in the sets worth while or is it better to buy 5 speakers + a separate sub. Any thoughts welcome! Thanks, Matt.