but you can find it for a hundred dollars less usually. Try Fry's now and then. This system blows the doors off the best htib offerings of Sony or Panasonic. Easy upgrade is to change out the sub. Center eventually as well.
I've had mine for a half a year, loved it very much, but now looking at very, very expensive things. I will say for "most" people, this system is pretty sufficient. However, for those who like true bass, change out that sub. Speakers have low WAF (wife acceptance factor) which is also part of the reason why the speakers sound better than the vast majority of htib's. Sub is 10", 230w, but high quality it is definitely not. In any case, cnet thinks highly of it in terms of value, and it was the top-rated htib by CR.
Something to consider is that speaker stands can be pretty expensive. If you took this money, and applied it towards standing towers, you may be getting more out of your money.
ya, so like I said, Im changing the system out already (I think!). However, this entry level purchase did get me to understand surround formats, how they are connected, and just the whole HT in general etc. I was a total noobie too. This entry-level purchase gives me the ability to enjoy DTS-ES 6.1 etc for now, so that I may take my time in educating myself in building something that is audiophile worthy.
Things that this system lacks: hdmi (who cares), auto-eq (who cares), pre-outs (I care!), multi-ch analog inputs (I care!).
And really, for me, I dont consider it money lost. I'll probably give it to my brother (and he's a doctor!). Or small chance of selling it off- I think my bro wants it though. gl