Hi Guys, This is my first ever post - so be gentle with me! I have recently been considering buying a subwoofer for installing into my lounge (which is approx. 4 x 5 metres - with plasterboard walls). My existing equipment is: - TV: Phillips 32PW9763 (32 with approx 11 in-built speakers, none of which are now used!) AV Receiver: Yamaha RX-V800RDS (100w per channel) DVD Player: Pioneer DV-535 Centre Speaker: Paradigm CC-370 (was recommended in reviews & is v.impressive) Front speakers: Paradigm Monitor 5 floor standers (bought them to match CC370 but find them bland) Rear Speakers: Linn Nexus (left over from previous hi-fi setup) Before starting on all this home cinema stuff, I had always thought of myself as being pretty knowledgeable about hi-fi (have had a mainly LINN system for many years). However, it has become clear to me that its a whole different area, which I need to learn about all over again. In February I went to the Bristol show and headed directly to the VIBE room which I remembered as being impressive the year before. I listened to the Alpha I and the Alpha II. The alpha I was too weedy, but I was quite impressed by the more expensive Alpha II (£400). After finding it great with blockbuster movies, my only concern was whether it would be subtle enough for other material. It has been given 5 stars by at least one magazine, but I have found it hard to find any further reviews. I also went next door to the REL room and heard the Q150E. Unfortunately, the material being played was very different from that in the VIBE room, so therefore I found it very difficult to compare the two. If anything, the REL seemed rather flat, but I assumed that it wasnt set up properly as REL always win every award going, dont they? Anyway, I discovered the AVFORUMS site quite by chance a few days ago and was well pleased with myself because I thought that finally I would be able to end my confusion. Unfortunately I was wrong. Although I now feel much more knowledgeable (having read many threads), I also feel even more confused. I concur with the other contributor who said that he was now too scared to buy a subwoofer! Before I discovered the forums, I had made my mind up that either the VIBE or the REL would be my choice (I would of course visit my local dealer for a proper listening). However, I have slowly become more convinced that Uncle Erics deals on the CHT-10 or 15 are the way to go. Problem solved, you might think but no:. I stupidly read the threads about the Gallo Nucleus Micros partnered with the MPS150. I had seen these at the Bristol show, but hadnt taken much notice of them as they looked too quirky and after all, I was only looking for a sub, wasnt I? After much consideration, I now wonder if I would be better replacing my hotchpotch of speakers with the Gallo sub/sat system (which I have now convinced myself are 'cute':kisses: rather than 'quirky'). The advantages would be that all the speakers would match (both sonically and esthetically) and the sub is tailor-made to match the frequency-response of the subs. An added benefit would be that my wife would be happy with the freed-up space in the lounge! My questions are: - - Has anyone any views on the VIVE Alpha II? Incidentally, it comes with a lifetime guarantee which I thought sounded a good feature. - Most magazine reviews seem to praise the RELs (quake or Q150E). However, the forums seem to tell me that the opposite is true. Should I ignore magazines from now on? - Looking back at the show, I seem to vaguely remember that Velodyne sub(s) were used with the Moon equipment. Anyone remember if this is true and if so, which model(s)? - The forums tell me how great the Gallo speakers are, but from what I have read of the specs, the associated subwoofer does not seem to go very low. I do not want to shell out £1375 for a full Gallo 5.1 system and still end up with bass that is (presumably) not much deeper than my current speakers. I find it a bit odd that in threads that discuss subs in general, the lower a sub goes, the better it is liked. But with the Gallo sub no-one seems that bothered that it doesnt go very low. Im not saying anyone is wrong, but Im just confused about why this is. - Has anyone tried out a combination of the Velo CHT-10 (or CHT-15) with the Gallo subs? Would this give the best of both worlds (small subs + deep bass), or would the more cohesive (albeit less deep bass) of the totally Gallo system be better? - If I go for the totally Gallo system, am I going to find I am disappointed in comparison to my existing speakers? I am particularly worried about replacing my existing chunky Paradigm CC-370 centre speaker with a tiny 4 ball! I should make it clear that I wont have the funds for such purchases immediately (as Im still saving up), but I find it better to ask the questions in advance, as once I have the money in my hands it is tempting to make a hasty decision which I might regret later! Finally, Id like to thank you all for the previous postings Ive read which got me to this stage. I may be more confused, but at least Ive not made the mistake of choosing a VIBE/REL sub without knowing all the other available alternatives. Best regards, Jonathan.