I naturally look at audio/video products whenever I am in a store. Awhile back, I noticed that alot of boomboxes have stopped including bass & treble controls in lieu of a "bass-boost" button. This basically sucks because it sounds horrible without the bass-boost (not near enough bass) and bad with it (too-much bass) and no way to adjust it (the rat-bastards). Now I'm seeing alot of the "Home Theater In A Box" models doing something similar. They are omitting the controls and adding DSP modes. Even some costing $400 or more. I can't comment definitively as to the sound because I haven't actually listened to one and I certainly wouldn't buy one. I just think this trend sucks and hope there is some kind of consumer backlash to reverse it. I wouldn't mind so much if they put something more like an actual EQ with an honest to god graphic display. What I'm seeing though is just like the crap on our receivers; HALL, CONCERT, etc. plus POP, JAZZ, CLASSICAL etc. without any visual representation to verify what the frequency settings are. And when there is a graphic display (like in my Chevy blazer), it's so primitive it's hardly useful. Now I realize that the HALL, CONCERT and such on our receivers are really just assorted delays (reverb) involving the surrounds. I've always considered these ridiculous garbage. I mean we must utilize some of this for home theater when we watch movies and such. After all, isn't this what Dolby Pro Logic is all about? But come on, why do I want to listen to music in my house that sounds like a big ol echoey building? Please note that I am aware I've discussed two different things here; DSP surround modes and DSP tone controls. I'm not against the DSP tone controls as long as they are in addition to and not instead of bass and treble controls.