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With your bedget, you should be able to find a decent selection (especially if you dig around online and/or a member of some wherehouse type stores like Costco).
I have heard very mixed reviews on the Sony Dream machines and the Panny HT-900. Haven't heard too much on the HT-700, but you might want to check out some of the other threads in this forum, as someone posted a link about the Panny.
I was originally going to get the Ht-900 but decided, at the last minute due to some reviews, to spend a little more and get a Denon HTIB system.
Like you are already doing, I would stick to a name brand, and with $350 max to spare, that should not be a problem.
Personally, I am not a big fan of 5 disc carousel for DVD players, but that is just me (CD, on the other hand, I have a 5D and like quite a bit).
Personally, I would vie toward those with separate components if possible.
Also, do you have a DVD player already? If so, or even if not, you may want to consider a better unit that has just the amp and speakers, and attach your own (or a new one) separately. The reason I recommend this is because DVD players (even with prog-scan) are getting so inexpensive nowaways that you could get a better then average sound system for the $350 now, use your current DVD player for a while (or pick up a new cheapie), and then upgrade to a better DVD player at a later time.
Just throwing out different ideas for you, sorry for the rambling.
Of course, this is just my opinion, and I could be wrong. -- Dennis MillerMy DVD Collection