Hi, this is going to be quite a long post so bear with me please After going to the Bristol what hi-fi show on Friday it led me thinking what I was going to do next year, I'm a student, so when I say next year I actually mean September. In September I will be moving into my own apartment - I will no longer be sharing which means I will have a lot more space etc. Currently I have a Sharp Aquos LC26GA4E TV with Denon 1910 DVD player and Thomson DHD-4000 freeview PVR - I will be keeping that lot. I listen to all my music through my computer via an audigy 2 ZS sound card, optical toslink cable to some logitech Z-5500 speakers. Because I have an iPod I tend to listen to my music straight from iTunes (128kbps AAC files). I listen to a lot of music - more than I watch TV and DVD's however I tend to listen to it while doing other things - mostly when I'm working on the computer (which is a lot of the time). Come September I will have my own lounge etc where the TV, DVD and PVR will be placed. My computers will be in the study. I'm planning on spending about £1000 on either a 5.1 system for the movies or a standard stereo system (which I will also attatch to the TV but obviously just have stereo sound). Now as you probably guessed I'm no audiophile (always have a limited budget, listen to music from mp3s through computer speakers ) so should I get a stereo system or a home cinema system? I was planning on probably buying my stuff second hand so I can get more 'bang for the buck' and I'm guessing I could prob get a pretty healthy stereo system for that number of pennies. I also know that you can't really get good stereo sound from a 5.1 system unless you spend huge amounts of money (of which I don't have). As I said, despite me listening to a lot more music than I do watch movies I never just listen to music on its own - I'm always doing other things so maybe it would be best to keep music listening through the pc? I should add, I'm more than happy with the sound quality I get through the computer although I know I could get much better sound (obviously). I'm also a fan of the whole 5.1 system for films, it heightens my viewing enjoyment. You are probably wondering why I'm even considering a stereo system then? It just always plays in the back of my mind that I could get pretty good sound from cd's with my budget with a stereo system. Also a stereo system would look a lot neater in the room* and be easier to transport (after the year I'll have to move all my stuff out during summer holidays). This also leads me to say that I can't have big floorstanding speakers. If I went with a stereo setup then the speaker size would be about wharfedale evo 10 size etc. If I went for a 5.1 setup then small, KEF 2005.2 style would be better. *how would I go about hiding wires with 5.1 setup as I'm only renting the apartment I can't do any DIY (so no hiding behind walls etc) perhaps just buy a cheap rug and stick em under there? Anyway please advice me on what you think would be best in my situation. Perhaps give me a few rough guides to what I can get; whether it be a stereo system or 5.1; second hand for around £1000. By the way I don't really need a radio tuner. Sorry for all the waffle. Thanks, Nick.