Hi guys. I've been doing a fair amount of searching (both here and the wider-web) and have come to a decision on exactly what type of system I'm looking for. Unfortunately, I'm at a loss still on the part specifics, and I'm hoping that's where you can come in. My budget's around £1,000 and with it I'd quite like a 5.1 system with sub, an amp and cabling. Obviously I won't be targeting anything particularly high-end with such restrictions, but I'd like to get the best bang I can for my "buck". I'll be using it predominantly for gaming with movies a close second and music every so often. My musical preference is fairly eclectic, so I can assume the final system will be used to play everything from Britney Spears to NWA. The room's fairly small in size, a gap of approximately 5 metres will separate the fronts & rears. I have a preference for a light wood finish, but if the price/set is right I'd stretch to black. Style has *some* importance - I'd prefer not to own eyesores if I could pay a little extra for something delicious. I also can't wall-mount, it's a rented apartment so everything will be on the floor / stands. My searches have revealed that, in my price point, there are two front-runners in the speaker category: Tannoy Mercury Custom in Apple Richer Sounds - The UK's Hi-Fi, Home Cinema & Flat Panel Tv Specialists! £429.80 with 2x floorstanders, 2x bookshelf, 1x centre and the sub. Acoustic Energy NEO 3 in light oak: eBay UK Shop - Acoustic Energy Loudspeakers: Home Cinema Speakers, Subwoofers, Acoustic Energy Accessories £620 with 4x floorstanders, 1x centre and the sub. Now, I'm aware that buying a "matching" sub isn't necessarily a sound investment, but I'd assume going with a BK for instance wouldn't change the price on a monumental scale. So my questions are thus: · Is it worth spending the extra on the AE NEO 3s? I know both have seen fairly drastic price-drops (or are end of line prices) so I'm not too sure of how level they were originally. · Are there any other speakers in my price range that are worth considering *over* these two sets? I'm not adverse to upping the budget *slightly* if there's something considerably better available. · How easy will it be to get a sound-test at, for instance, a local Richer Sounds? Is it a case of book a week in advance? More? I live in central Leeds so there's a store very close by. Thanks for any advice in advance. I'm very new to this, so do excuse any inaccuracies!