Thanks for the review. While the enthusiasts naturally get excited about high-end stuff, there is a place for the budget conscious too. Simplicity is also nice, for most of us. (I do recall seeing a cartoon in which one audiophile is showing off his system to another, while explaining "I like it because it is both expensive AND complicated.") Clearly, given modern technology, a lot is possible even with tight constraints. So the question I pose is in no way intended to dismiss the virtue of this package.
However, I do recall reading something Mark wrote in which he listed factors to consider regarding sound systems. Among other things, he suggested that if your speakers didn't go down to 30 Hz, the addition of a good sub could enhance enjoyment. With that in mind, I wonder if anyone has suggestions on what would be a relatively simple, low cost 5.1 system that includes response down to 30 Hz? Obviously, it would have to be more expensive than the system Mark reviews here.