A refurb is a refurb is a refurb, whether it works AWA as a brand new unit or not for less money, and comparing a NEW anything vs. something that is refurbed, remanned, recycled is not right IMO.
Some people may want nothing to do with anything that isn't brand new, like yours truly and if I want to do component stuff for my HT I would get BRAND NEW and nothing else. Since my life is busy enough as it is the last thing I have time for is to search, research, piece together a system that will work for my setup. The 990 for me will get the job done and having the THX thing with 8 speakers was that little extra something that I wasn't expecting (was honestly going to just do a 5.1 setup).
Once again since I'm a busy guy I'm not going to search back on your recommendations for component stuff so what you are recommending on previous posts for the price of the 990 does it give you a THX receiver and speakers to do 7.1 surround? I recall the systems you are suggesting is just a surround receiver and 5.1 speakers, hardly comparable to the 990 even if it does sound better.
I'll spend the extra money and get the THX receiver and more speakers in the 990, or I'll be patient and wait for the $699 CC sale, and that is MO.