Seperates all the way. The 1080 is a vastly better choice over all-in-one packages. You will need to purchase more speakers and this will cost more, but the fun in building the set-up and the difference in quality will be worth it.
im currently decorating my lounge/dining room and also upgrading my kit.....
the girlfriend doesn't mind the soon to be bought 32" sony/panny - in fact she's really keen on a new telly
what she wants out of the room is all my black kit - yahama dspa590 black amp, 2 black mission speakers, 2 black marantz rears, big black centre on the telly and definitely my BIG black kef reference series sub
she's not even keen on me getting the sony 835 speaker kit in silver as she says the little speakers look like bugs eyes
my cousin's bough the sony davs880 which she likes the look of
whilst i like the look it seems to be quite a compromise on sound even compared to my current dolby pro logic yahama dspa592 amp
reading reviews on here the pioneer 303/505 seems better than the sony 880
I had the same problem; wife loves 36" Panasonic but hates anything black! My treasured Technics separates system had to go after she went out and brought me a silver Sony 905 DVD player and told me that the black HiFi and rack had to go and it was ok if I replaced them with a silver setup.
I bought a Sony STR 1080 and absolutely loved the sound compared with my ageing Technics SA-GX690 the difference was amazing.
Although my STR-1080 is being replaced as it has a buzzing fault I had the choice of another model but I choose to stay with the STR-1080 as I was so impressed with the sound quality.
Wife won the battle but didnt win the War; I still have my Black Mission 765i speakers.
Go for the STR-1080 great features and great price £349.90