i just added this as a reply to a "i hate bose thread" but need answers quickly so made my own. apologies in advance if inappropriate. I am fully aware of the bose scam and would never consider buying for myself. however the concept and purpose of the 3.2.1 is useful and necessary. for instance, let's say you already have a home theater setup in your living room and want to watch dvd's in your bedroom. you want something better than your tv sound but don't want 5 speakers and all the wires in your small bedroom -- a receiver that can "process" 5.1 into a workable two speaker setup (like the 3.2.1 does) is ideal. now here's what i need to know -- are there other systems that do this -- process 5.1 into two speakers so that the imaging is listenable? i need to know soon because i am helping shop for one for a friend's christmas present. money is not really an object and the bose package is a match in terms of features needed. please give me alternatives before i reccomend the bose! thanks.