yea, unless you are buying this system to "throw" it away 1-2 years later (i mean that seriously too), either dont buy one and save $1000 at least or just flat out spend a minimum of $1000. Before the invention of the "home theater in a box" nobody had surround sound because it was good quality, had seperate components and was at least 1 to 2 thousand dollars. now I can go to walmart on black friday and pick a "stellar" system up for less than $100. Now am i saying you are looking for the $100 system. No, but the difference between a $500 audio system and a $1000 to $2000 system is so vastly underestimated, its disgusting. Let alone the ability to upgrade later on, quality control and even standard warranty times are much better (most real speakers have 5-10 year warranties, including labor, not 1 year parts 90 days labor). Either buy it right or dont bother. Seriously. Not trying to be a dick, but you WILL be throwing it away soon if you spend only $500 on audio.