I'm a very keen gamer (and watch the odd movie too). I had thought about a starting small with an initial home cinema rig (i'm 21 with a 14" telly ) but I've decided a better route would be to save up £3grand and blow the lot on stuff that will last a while. I'm pretty much set on a 32" Plasma (the Hitachi is the one I'm keen on). This is irrelevant to this forum I know. Soooo... I need a bit of advice on this receiver thing. What exactly are they? Are they worth the cash? What are the chances of getting a nice entry level one and some nice speakers for £500 (the plasma will cost £2500ish). I'm sorry for being such a newbie, it's just I can't find, in laypersons terms, a description of what the actual benefits are. Could anyone point me towards some nice package deals, maybe? I'd really appreciate the help. Steev Are they useful with consoles or should I be looking at something else?