I have a couple of friends at work that have convinced themselves that they want a crappy Sony HTiB as their home theater setups. They plan on buying them within the next couple of days so I don't have much time to influence them. I wasn't able to get them to change their minds on the HTiB in general, but they said they would be willing to hear what a better model might be. Is the reigning $500 HTiB champ still the Kenwood HTB 504 or is there another model by Kenwood (or another maker in that price range) that is a better buy? Thanks for any quick responses!