Well I took the plunge yesterday and picked up my 247 from BB (on special less10%) and picked up some boston acoustic speakers and sub (CR57B's x 2, CRC7B and XB2) from CC. Total for my DIY HTIB came to $900 ish plus tax and so far I'm almost happy.
Very easy set up but I did almost make a huge mistake by not unplugging the setup mic. then trying to play a DVD, "hmmm, no sound, I know I'll crank the volume up a little, i.e max., still no sound, bear in mind that I had to get it running before the wife got home, anyway, I did turn down the volume before realizing my mistake and all is well apart from the fact that my motorola stb,3416 I think , doesn't support HDMI repeaters so that's back to component for now.
BTW, anyone else had remote problems? The HK remote won't adjust the volume, no great problem since I'm using a harmony but was a little annoying.