Thanks much for all of your answers.
After reading your responses, I have come to two conclusions.
1) If I am going to choose between the HD Theater 500's and the HD Theater 1000's then the 1000's are most definitely the better choice.
2) I think that I really need to expand my search again beyond these two sets of speakers. That brings me back to a more general question. How do I choose the best speakers for my situation (i.e. size of room, listening habits, etc.). I wish there was a formula or a process or a software program that I could follow where I could provide all the input data and it would spit out the answer..."go buy speaker xyz".
I want to find a set of speakers that I can be satisfied with but I don't want to break the bank doing it.
Any other words of wisdom will be welcome.
-- risselba --