i just got back from Paris. I had a lot of free time and perused the record and hi-fi stores. The biggest one, fnac, had the Sony Dream system (all in one, amp, dvd player, speakers) on display. This was the one that goes for $900-something US. The display said 5 x 35 watts! This thing boasts, what, 700 watts? I had just bought the one a notch lower than that and was greatly disappointed. Seioursly, i have louder boom boxes. France has a lot of laws and one must be truth in advertising because there it was. This thing is a shelf stereo at best. Oh, Fnac also had an instore peformance by Atomic Kitten. Meow!