I'm hoping that you can offer some good advice...It's about time I upgraded my existing system, some of the components are neary 20 years old, like my NAD 3150 amp! I want to buy an amp, cd/dvd-a player and speakers (two) but am open to the idea of multichannel sound, although filling my room with 6/7 speakers is a bit daunting! Then I thought of buying a DVD recorder with a hard drive, instead of the cd/dvd-a player. My lounge is acoustically live, and while quality is the main feature for me, I realise that I am not going to get the best from a system. So, is there a difference in sound quality say between a DV89/DV27a and a Pioneer 5100HS dvd recorder? I know that it doesn't play dvd-a, but it does play ordinary CD's. Is it actually worth spending money on a player that plays DVD-a?, afterall, it does appear that are questions about which format (DVD-a/SACD) is going to corner the market. Or should I buy a separate player for each format - although that would be very expensive and take lots of space. If I opted for sky+ or similar, could I then transfer the data to my mac and then copy the programmes/films onto DVD-R/RW? I did think of buyiing a Denon 2900 and a DVD recorder, but thought that there must be some compromise made to create a universal player at such a low price. Anyway, I particulary want Arcam, not only because they have a great reputation, but also because I want to support local industry! I know this may not sound very clear, but I think it reflects my (muddled) thinking. Any Ideas?