Re: Entering the world of high quality sound...
Well, I think that speaker system you're looking at is close to $5,500, so that leaves you with ~$2K for a receiver, so you are in a pretty solid market.
The Onkyo 905 ($2,099) is really nice, The new Denon 4308Ci ($2,499) is a good choice as well but might be out of the budget, so maybe the 3808CI ($1,599) the new Marantz 8002 ($2,099) is just the 8001 I reviewed with WAY more features, I like this unit, it's a little more laid back than the Denon, but not by much. All prices I posted are retail, you likely can cut a good chunk off them by shopping around.
Ken Taraszka, MD