Vivitek H1080FD DLP projector $999 True 5.1 Home Theater System: here's where I'm sure people will want to chime in, as my choice may ruffle the feathers of those more serious about their home theater audio. The current candy bar YSP-800 does a decent job of reflecting sound off the walls for a quasi-surround effect, but comparing to the full sized Nakamichi surround system we setup at our mom's home, there's no comparison. The YSP-800 was chosen not only for budget, but because it's a compact, self contained unit which doesn't require girlfriend-bothering, decor ruining wiring. We want to continue without having to run wires across our small studio apartment, yet upgrade to a better sound experience. Home Theater in a Box is often chastised as an inferior route, and in reality, it is. So with that out of the way, we still think people living in small spaces can enjoy the home theater experience with a decent system that only has to service a small apartment studio space like our own, with the hopes of choosing a system that is both audibly enjoyable and visual invisible. Our requirements for a small space, decor-friendly and affordable 5.1 audio system was best fit by the specifications of the Sony HT-IS100 BRAVIA Theater Micro System. The 5.1 channel home theater system notably offers the upgrade option of wireless speakers and HDMI connectivity; the speakers themselves are atomic particles compared to even most mini home theater in a box systems, making them discrete additions to any room, only noticed when turning on the system (we only wished we could get these in white to blend into our walls). And at under $350 for a full 5.1 system (minus additional wireless transmitter and receiver), this may be our first upgrade purchase. Our goal: Sony HT-IS100 BRAVIA Theater Micro System $348 Wrangle in our Remote Control Issue: the death of our volume button on our Logitech 880 remote spelled doom for us in regards to our K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid) philosophy for remotes. Despite our frustration of the possible button defect on our remote (an issue noted by others online of the very same button), we still believe Logitech makes the best consumer priced programmable remotes. The latest Logitech Harmony One is the heir apparent to the 880/890 models, improving and upgrading features, adding touchscreen interface, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a GUI that actually operates very easily. And importantly, they've redesigned the buttons for both easier use and more mechanically sound endurance over the lifetime of being pressed (aka mashed). And we already know setup and use using Logitech's Windows and OS X web remote programming application is very easy, a category we think other manufacturer's remotes still lag. This should be the easiest upgrade to budget and integrate. Our goal: Logitech Harmony One Remote $179-199 Other Eventual Upgrades: Keeping within budget means a lot of compromise, and there are several components we'd eventually like to upgrade to supplement our choices above. Living With Less Wires and Cables: this is unlikely, but after testing out the Philips Wireless HDTV Link, I'm now convinced we need to find a way to be able to eventually integrate full 1080p content without wires. At $800, this isn't yet priced for consumer-level consumption, including us, but we'll be keeping a close eye on how the pricing eventually drops. Upgrading the Screen: Eventually we'd like to replace the 92" Panoview screen, as the edges are a bit curled and the reflective quality not optimized for the eventual introduction (we hope) of the Vivitek unit. We're taking Sound & Vision Magazine's recommendation and eyeing the Elite Screens 1.0 CineGrey, which comes in at $584, which is a bit rich for our blood, making this a "later" purchase. Controlling Ambient Light: our apartment provides us with a fantastic view of Silver Lake and the surrounding Hollywood Hills. The sunsets are truly glorious and better than even the most brilliant 1080p image. Bu it also results in a lot ambient light during the day, making light control an issue when using the projector (thus, we've kept the Samsung LCD for daytime use). I'd love to upgrade to better light blocking roll down shades throughout the apartment, purchasing a few more custom made roll shades from JustBlinds, so we can extend use into day time hours. We're looking at about $1,600-$1,700 in total upgrades if we go this route of options (factoring in the optional EZW-T100 S-AIR Ready Transmitter and AIR-SA10 Air Station receiver/speaker for wireless surround speakers), manageable if tackled piece by piece or if Santa brings us a nice fat Christmas bonus. The likely route is to upgrade sound first, then remote, then finally the projector. We'll report back as we make these baby steps forward to upgrading our system now that our plan has been set. But in the meantime, we'd love to hear from you how you'd upgrade with a similar budget and a small space.