There have been a number of useful threads recently on choosing a low-cost surround sound system. Most seem to shortlist on price, size and looks, with guys making the final choice by listening to the sound quality. I wonder if those of you who have auditioned some of these speaker systems could put down your thoughts about the timbre and nature of the sounds you have been hearing, to help me shortlist the ones to listen to. For example, when I bought my (relatively inexpensive) hifi speakers many years ago, I chose AR, because they had a rich warm tone with my NAD amp, compared to e.g. the brightness of the Yamahas of the time. My TV setup is in a different room, so I can't make use of this kit now. For this system, I am mostly concerned with cinema, not music. My room is fairly small, and one wall is shared with the neighbours. In any case I don't like loud sounds - I'm looking for something that will capture movie sound, particularly speech, cleanly and accurately at low/med volume. I would like to be able to increase the prominance of speech above sound effects and background music. I don't need to rattle the windows. I can't spend more than about 500-ish for the whole system at the moment (speakers+amp). I have a Tosh510 DVD (DD5.1 & DTS) + Loewe Vitros TV (Nicam). I realise that I can't expect too much at this price, but I want to try to optimise the things that are most important for me. I'd appreciate your help, thanks.