So, I just recently finished getting a new home media server installed in my home. By the end of next week, all 32 TB of media info should be done loading onto the server and it will be servicing my house. That means it is time to move on to the next portion of my home theatre - the sound stage. Unlike computers though, where I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous, I have absolutely no idea what I am doing when it comes to building speakers as I am pretty sure my forays into building subwoofers with coffee filters and nail polish in the late 80s does not count as truly useful experience. Nonetheless, the idea is to actually build out my entire home theatre myself (with help from others), not buy $250K+ of factory/store-bought equipment. So, where to begin? I do know what I want for reference level/minimum performance standards. I absolutely can get this standard in my price range by buying from a dealer. So in theory, I should be able to blow past that level if I build my own. I want a matched set for sound consistency. The pieces I finally settled on through almost 4 weeks of listening to various families of speakers were from the Klipsch family. R/L Fronts: RF-82 II Reference Series Floorstanding Center: RC-52 II Reference Series R/L Surround: RB-51 II Reference Series Bookshelf Sub: SW 110 Reference Series 10" 200 Watt These are awfully nice speakers, not top of the line by any means, but certainly a premium series of loudspeakers for a pretty average guy building a home theatre. Eventually I will expand from 5.1 to 7.2. But for starters (and so I don't wind up divorced) 5.1 is where I will be starting. Although I have found both a Denon and a Yamaha AVR I really like for powering the system, I will be holding off on making a final AVR selection until after HDMI 2.0 specs are finalized and some models start shipping with the 2.0 connections. I understand that there is no such thing as future-proof, but I'd prefer not to be kicking myself over something like a standard connector 2 months after I make my purchase. I'm looking at a budget of ~$3000 + the cost of acquiring some tools as needed. So, I guess my first question is, am I fooling myself thinking that I am going to be able to meet the sound quality of those Klipsch speakers going the the DIY route with my current budget? I'm not looking to necessarily entirely re-create those specific speakers, just that level of performance in a HT setting. Second, if I can indeed go the DIY speaker route for that budget, where is the best place for me to begin? Building the cabinets? Building the actual speaker? And how do I know what sort of performance levels I can expect from the various parts I acquire? If speakers are anything like the rest of the HT world, manufacturer specs are all but worthless (not that I can necessarily tell good specs from bad outside of some very obvious cases).