True, but I think you're both missing the crux of the question.
Yes, a $400 HTIB will have worthless speakers...you'll have to plan on throwing them away.
Yes, Sony makes much better receivers and compared to some other brands, they're relatively 'slim' (~6 inches high), but this guy wants something like the JVC or panasonic (i.e., 3.5 to 4 inches high) with 3 HDMI inputs.
Obviously if a 6+ inch high receiver will do, there are many great choices, but if it has to be 4, the HT-SS2300 looks like the only choice. Hopefully JVC or Panasonic will wake up soon and start making 'digital' (switchable-amp) receivers with a reasonable number of HDMI inputs.