I am yet another newbie who has been reading the forums for a few weeks and finally decided to take the plunge ! I have bought a Pioneer 434HDE plasma and have Sky+ but am looking to buy the rest of the kit to make it home cinema. As I don't even own a DVD player at the moment not exactly sure what my viewing habits will be but I reckon say 90% Sky+ (drama, films, documentaries/news and football) and 10% DVDs As I'd like to make use of HDMI (as the 434 has it and have heard lots of good reports about it) I was thinking about a Pioneer DVD player (I know other companies do make HDMI players eg. Arcam but they can be pricey). This led me to a Pioneer receiver and then I thought well I may as well go for a Pioneer DVD recorder as well! So with my existing: Pioneer 434HDE plasma (wall hung) Sky+ Video Recorder (not yet plugged in) I am considering the following additions: Pioneer DV-868AVi (connected to media box of 434 using HDMI) - £770 Pioneer VSX-AX5i (connected to DVD player using I-link) - £840 Pioneer 5100 DVR/HD - £435 Infinity Oreus (as a 5.1 setup) with 4 stands - £700 I'll obviously need to spend a bit on speaker cables, HDMI leads, etc + money for a cabinet but this is generally my budget (ie. about £3000) Do you think this is a "well-balanced" system ? Any suggestions?