Very quick bit of back story - a number of years ago I had a Denon receiver (can't remember the exact model, but it was a nice bit of kit), coupled to B&W DM602 fronts, DM601 rears and a miscellaneous centre speaker. Moved house, then this stuff didn't fit the new house so was replaced with an Onkyo TXSR605 receiver and a set of their 5.1 sat/sub setups; this was only really just OK, then we moved again and it seemed to be really gutless in the new house. Shortly after, the receiver died (blown output stage or two I think) and at the time I had neither the time nor the money to do much about it. We ended up with a Panasonic SC-BTT560 all in one thing (catalogue special, as that was the only option at the time), which is a purchase I have regretted pretty much since clapping eyes on it. It is now exhibiting symptoms where the front audio channels will just flick off for no apparent reason at random intervals, and the Blu-Ray drive seems to be somewhat picky as to what it will or won't play. Thankfully, we have a loan finishing next month, so will finally have some cash to spare to get something better, and I am now starting to look with a view to purchasing sometime toward the back end of the year. So far, I have taken a shine to the Yamaha RX-A850 and the Yamaha RX-A1050, so it is likely to be one of these (or their newer version later in the year), with a Blu-Ray player yet to be chosen (likely to be a Panasonic purely because our TV is a 55CR750 Speaker wise, I have only had brief listens so far and am torn between the Dali Zensor 5 5.1 package or the Monitor Audio Bronze 5AV10 5.1 package, leaning slightly more toward the Monitor Audio's at the moment. However, our living room is something of an odd shape, so I will need to consider this - not least wtih the Monitor Audio package with the FX rears. Here is a very rough diagram of our room - the dark brown blobs being the speakers. The intended position for the sub is in a recess that is under the stairs. The dotted thing in the bottom left corner is a sofa Worthy of note - we rent, so wall mounting speakers such as the rears is not really an option - they will have to go on tall stands; the rear right is situated pretty much beside my right ear unless I place it about three feet toward the French doors which is the other side of a small unit which houses my PC. So, how badly would the FX rears be affected? Would it be worth having them swapped for more conventional Bronze 1 bookshelf speakers? Or, should I be taking a harder look at the Dali Zensor? I have a bit of time on my side with this one (as long as the current Panasonic doesn't die completely), so want to do my homework before making a decision.