forget about the wireless speakers! they will not beat the wired speakers if you want the best value for your parents. and i'm talking about years from now. wired speakers are the only option (price-wise and quality-wise) with 5.1 system. when my son came home from his deployment (air force) this summer, he moved out of our house into his own apartment. but before he came home, i already got the 5.1 system from craigslist-- as planned (he could not afford brand new system but he wanted a quality one). he had his hdtv ordered before he came home and we picked it up at bb on the day he moved out. i was so excited to put together a home theater other than mine that i installed it in half a day while he busied himself moving with help of his buddies. when they left, he helped me put together his huge heavy tv stand (entertainment center)-- he actually did it all by himself while i finished the install and calibrating of his system (it's a denon like mine). home depot and lowe's have all the wires and wiremolds that neatly self stick to the walls--burying them is a breeze! all you need are wire cutter or a knife, tape measure, screw driver and the screws to hang your surround speakers. i used 70 feet of gauge 16 wires ( i used a heavier wire for the front). we actually had fun together installing his home theater and enjoyed his first bluray movie that evening. he was amazed at the quality of the sound and i was amazed how i put it together that quick! ha, ha. i know it's intimidating when you think about 30 feet of wires to be buried on each side of the walls. but it's actually easier than you think. thanks.