The advice of build what matters (TO YOU) is the best advice.
My HT progression was as follows:
1997 - Graduated HS, purchased stereo VCR (no HiFi) Believe it was a FUNAI brand (who the heck has heard of FUNAI!)
1988 - Purchased Dolby Surround receiver (Pioneer) to go with 15 inch color TV in my College residence hall room. Added two speakers for rear surrounds. This config was my theater for the next eight years. (Computer monitors took over my life, and TV didn't matter during the last four)
1995 - Gifted a hand me down 19" Zenith TV that made loud popping noises when the volume was turned up too loud. Hooked it up to the Dolby Surround receiver, muted the TV. Things now looked cool, and sounded good (at the time.)
1998 - Purchased a Toshiba SD-2107 DVD player. Being a computer geek, knew having movies on a digital format, was the way to go. Figured the rest of the world would catch on soon. DIVX starts pushing. The free world unites to kill DIVX. Now that the picture is so good, I figure that the picture needs a bit of help.
1999 - Purchased a Toshiba Theaterview 50" rear projection. Big difference from the 19" it's HUGE! DVD's look great. Sound now sucks. Purchase a set of Cambridge Soundworks Speakers with powered sub (abandoning my Radio Shack circa 1971 oak rear speakers, and my Technics front speakers with the 15" woofers). Of course now since the DVD player is putting out Dolby Digital, need to upgrade the Receiver. Purchased a Kenwood 1080. Things now sound good and look good. DIVX withdrawn, world rejoices. Move from rented unit in duplex to first owned house. Purchased the place because it had a room downstairs that could be my "dungeon" theater and office.
2000 - After receiving an unexpected bonus from work, decided that the dungeon room needs a more "Cinema" experience. So I decided to work the room and not the picture or sound first. Found a good deal on theater seats, and basically got out of control from there. The 50" was now way too small. Purchased a front projection Sony 1271 used. Set it up with an 84" wide 16:9 screen. Things now look great, feel great and are great. The Royale Cinema Lives!
Wife now says: Time to remodel the bathrooms....
More info and pics on my site. (click link in signature)
Jeffrey MackoThe Royale Cinema