Budget constraints and because I really do not want to invest more than $300 for this room. I have a main living room where money will be less of an object. But for this room, anything sub 300, that's 5.1, is what I'm after. I do understand there is a significant drop off...but it's such a small room that I think Sats may be sufficient enough at this time. In addition these 5.1 systems are so dirt cheap, apparently, that I wouldn't have too much of an issue replacing them in the future should I need to upgrade. The MLT-2s, for example, are about as expensive as 1 really decent floor tower (which unfortunately I have no room for). Of these 3, unless you feel that I'm missing another boxed set, which do you believe is better. The more I read, the more I'm beginning to lean toward the MLT-2. The only thing that has me hesitant is the sub issue. But at $180, it's hard to resist.