Thanks a lot for your input. This is a great site. I will go to someone who knows what they are doing, when it is time to pull the trigger. I do still have a few questions... and beg your pardon for my ignorance....
Does anyone know of a thread or site which explains the components needed and explains the function of the components needed to set up a quality system? With my research so far I understand the power cleaner, the avr ,quality wires and connections, the accostic treatment, and of course the speakers/subwoofer.
I am still a little fuzzy on the amp/pre amp. I understand the need to generate enough power to drive the speakers, but don't know if I need both or if the right avr will be satisfactory. When my neighbors have a rave (or whatever it is that they are up to on sunday at 1 am} it comes through loud and clear. Suffice it to say I don't need to peel the paint of the walls.
Is ther something else that I am missing?
for those of you who responded outside the forum, thanks, but no thanks