This is one smart home theatre system! It is great-looking and sounds fantastic. It is quite expensive compared to other makes, but delivers everything you would expect from Sony. With its superior sound quality and a hefty 350 Watts RMS, my hi-fi is now obsolete. It quite happily plays MP3, CDR and CDRW and has numerous inputs for connecting auxilliary equipment like hi-fi systems etc. The free-standing space-age speakers do away with the hassle of fixing the satellite speakers to the wall and they look fantastic. They also have removable front grills if you prefer the modern "techie" look. Bags of features with on-screen menus but I have to admit they can be a bit confusing to navigate around. The remote control has around a hundred buttons which are a bit small, but the whole front panel of the remote glows in the dark which is cool! I would definately recommend this system - you certainly get what you pay for!