I feel like I'm going deaf and I'm only 23. I have cheap htib speakers. They work pretty well and they're setup and sound better than my dad's bose, but the center channel is never quite clear enough for me or my girlfriend. I find myself adjusting it to be louder but then theres potential for distortion. I just want dialog to be clear and be able to crank it up without risking crackling if need be. Eventually when I have more money I'll upgrade everything, but right now I teach part time and have taken time off because I was applying to graduate school. Money is not ample in my future, but I can scround around 150 or so to get something that wont make me want to turn on the subtitles.