I bought this system on May of 2004. I wasn't really looking for a state of the art home theater system, I originally wanted a stereo with simulated surround sound since one of the connections on my TV went out completely. I got home and hooked the system up within an hour. It came with a manual (which I barely used in the set up), a remote, 5 speakers, a subwoofer, which is also an amp which you hook up the speakers to. It took me merely 20-30 minutes to set up. Then I popped in a DVD to test it out. The first thing I noticed was the bass. That subwoofer packed quite a bit of power at $40.00. Then again, my room was rather small. By the time I finished the DVD, I was impressed with the system. The directional effects are brilliant, yet at the same time the soundfield is seamless. The sound fills the room even better than a movie theater sound system. This system gives film soundtracks a little more dimension to it. It even plays music CD's back in surround sound (I hear most surround systems don't do that) You can turn up or down different speakers (center channel, rear channels, subwoofer). While it is 5.1 it doesn't say anywhere that it is Dolby Digital. It has 3 analog connections in the back, but no coaxial, so you want be able to listen to DTS tracks. That said it is a good system. It sounded way better than the set ups of expensive systems I would hear at electronic stores. Unfortunately, this model is no longer sold at Walmart stores. You might have to go on ebay to get it, possibly at a much higher price. Part of what made this system valuable is the extremely low price and its powerful performance. The Regent HT-391 from Lennox is one system that is worth way more than I paid for it.