This time my wife has nobody to blame but herself. Last year I decided I wanted a HTiB system. I casually looked around and found a Panasonic system for ~$470 at Costco. Pefect, under $500 and it was a 6.1 system with nice little silver boxes for speakers. That would have made my wife happy. I was about to buy it when she told me to wait a few weeks for some bills to be paid. No problem I thought, there are about 8 boxes left. We went through that routine until there were zero boxes left. At that point I got upset. I didn't know about this site, so I went to CNET to check out some systems. I also went to some stores to try some out. Then I decided on the Onkyo 501 with the 6.1 JBLs speaker set. Home it comes. My wife sees that and reasons with me that is was too much money. Now the little black speakers that would have made her happy go back to the store. I am seething. This is not a matter of affordability, she has just decided that she doesn't want to spend the money on "something like that." Upon leaving the store, I notice the Onkyo HT-S760. Sounds good, but the speakers are really big and the sub is even bigger. I think I have found a winner, but I still want to go home and do a little research. (Still have yet to come across this site..) Everything says that this is the way to go, but the one consistent comment is that the speakers are pretty large. I care nothing for that. Actually, I by this time I was wondering if those smaller speakers could sound even close to some reasonably sized speakers. Well, I leave the web site up and my wife notices. My car is too small to pick it up, so I have to wait for the weekend to use the van. I was going to do it during the week, but traffic was so bad that once I got home I didn't want to drive around. By this time I am upset, not about the HTiB, but about her behavior. I do not by "toys" all the time and I am driving an eleven year old car. On the occasion that I want to splurge on something I don't want any comments. It's not like we were going into debt for this. I had the cash in my pocket the whole time. She then has the great idea that the Onkyo would be perfect. Ha! now it becomes her idea. Sure, I can take advantage of that. I go get it, buy about 150 feet of monster cable and set it up. She sees the speakers. But at this point keeps her comments to herself. It has been a few months, and we have BOTH been enjoying the system a lot. Yesterday I go to Costco and see that Panasonic again. Armed with some knowledge I notice that all the speakers, including the sub have cheap plastic cases. The receiver looks good, but I don't remember much about it now. But I do know that the Onkyo is vastly superior sounding, just a lot bigger and uglier. I get home and in the conversation it comes up that the Panasonic was there. Actually, it was" "Babe, guess what? The original Home theater that I wanted was there. The one with the nice little silver boxes for speakers. But I am glad you had the good idea to get the one we have, it sounds so much better." Her response: "Asshole....." with a grin and I get a kiss hello. Sorry this was so long, but I had to tell it.