As a bookend to my little known "Soundbars?" thread, a few days ago I finally plumped for a Yamaha YRS-2100
speaker-stand system. It's sort of like Yamaha's Digital Sound Projector series, but serves a practical use too in that you can stick your TV and assorted gadgets on top of it.
I've found that it works very well with surround sound in enclosed spaces like my flat, and while not quite being as good as the real deal (only very slightly, mind you) it pretty much does everything I want it to and means that I can watch films without having to go and find space for an AV receiver and some rather bulky speakers.