Whan I say it's practical I mean this is a setup which I am pleased with performance wise but it does not dominate our living room which my wife is also pleased with! The screen over fireplace debate! The placement of our plasma display may be controversial as it is over the fireplace, to make matters worse it is a working solid fuel fire. After a lot of research and deliberation however I decided to go for it, here are my reasons: 1) There was no other way of wall mounting the screen, the only other option was to have it on a stand in the corner (as it used to be) also making speaker positioning difficult. Having the screen over the fireplace it is central in the room and the audio quality has benefitted considerable. 2) Before redecorating I hung the screen up on the wall to see if it was a comfortable viewing position and it was fine. I don't see what all the fuss is about. From the "viewing sofa" it is very comfortable. 3) The fireplace is brand new and we intend to use it but it won't be regular. Last winter I checked the temperature above the fire and it was fine, there was also little sign of soot on and around the chimney breast when we redecorated. If anything the design of the new fireplace should improve this even more. The wooden surround is substantial and should insulate the display from the fire very well. Equipment Philips 37PF9965 pixel plus plasma display Pioneer DV-585 DVD Player Pioneer VSX-915 AV amp Eltax symphony speakers Xbox Daewoo digital freeview box Dual CS505-3 turntable Connectivity The Philips plasma has a seperate receiver which is great for simplifying connectivity when wall mounting the screen. The only cables going to the screen itself are a power cable (run seperately to the signal cables to reduce interference) and a VGA and stereo phono cable. The phono cable is a good quality 5m job, the VGA cable is 5m Lindy. These cables are buried in the wall just below the screen then run through the fire surround and behind the skirting board to the glass Alphason designs hifi stand. The DVD player is connected via Van Damme component cables and Cambridge Audio digital optical cable The centre channel is reproduced through the speakers in the screen. Again this is a "practical" compromise as there is nowhere for a dedicated centre speaker and I am happy enough with the sound. All speaker cables simply run under the carpet. The rear Eltax HT-2 bipolar speakers are set on stand in the corners of the room. Again not ideal positioning but I think the bipolar design helps here. Everything is protected against power spikes and surges. Setup and calibration Still work to do here but the amp has been configured using Pioneer's automatic MCACC system which employs a microphone located at the optimum listening position during setup. I have also played with screen settings using Digital Video Essentials as a guide. Future plans! This is my first real attempt at a decent home cinema setup. There is a lot of compromise and it is fairly inexpensive but I think the results are very good. I will probably not make any major improvements to this system except to add a subwoofer at some stage. Some time in the future I would like to have a dedicated home cinema room using a projector for a real big screen experience. However this will have to wait till we have a house to accomodate it! Hope this is of interest to people, I will add more information later but let me know if you want any information on a similar setup.